The nights are drawing in and autumn is well on its way. There is an upside and a downside to every season. To compensate for the long nights, the clocks go back this weekend which means the mornings are lighter – hooray. We also all get an extra hour on Sunday to celebrate this return to Greenwich Mean Time.
I absolutely love this once a year bonus, it feels like a real gift. I like to get up and make an early start to the day. I don’t always use it as an opportunity to give to others though. Elizabeth Shaw are asking people to use this time to be thoughtful. Little things can make a big difference to someone’s day and brighten it up no end. Contacting an old friend or near forgotten family member is likely to be much appreciated. Buying something at a local independent shop is an act of thoughtfulness in our time strapped lives where convenience is king. Visiting a housebound neighbour is a fine thing to do and saying thank you with chocolate is a great way to spread a little happiness.
Once upon a time, I used to practice mindfulness. I only did it for an hour a week, but it did help me focus. When I’m more focused I’m also more thoughtful as my brain isn’t firing off in all directions at once and sending itself into a state of paralyses or procrastination. It gives me the space to think and to plan. So, maybe I should spend my extra hour this Sunday meditating.
Regular readers will not be surprised to learn that my gestures of goodwill tend to centre around baking. I often bake cakes for birthdays, send biscuits through the post for Christmas and generally get busy in the kitchen to say thank you for all the kindnesses done to me. I’ve been known to bake a cake to welcome new neighbours, fill my mother’s freezer so she has something to offer guests who call by and an occasional random bake of kindness.
Spurred on by Vanessa Kimbell and her Random Bakes of Kindness, I once took a batch of biscuits down to the railway station as a thank you to the hardworking staff who get short shrift from many of the passengers. They were a bit nonplussed at first, but were thoroughly delighted by the gesture.
I’ve also wended my way around town with a basket of cakes, visiting the amenities I use regularly. Seeing the smiles and delight on the workers’ faces definitely made it all worth while. You can read about about it and see the happy faces in this National Chocolate Week post.
Do you have any stories of thoughtful gestures that you or others have made? Let me know by commenting below and why not enter this splendiferous chocolate giveaway whilst you’re at it?
The good people at Elizabeth Shaw are demonstrating their thoughtfulness by offering one lucky reader a hamper of their chocolates worth £50.
The contents are as follows:
- Dark Chocolate Cappuccino Flutes
- Dark Chocolate Lemon Flutes
- Dark Chocolate Mint Flutes
- Dark Chocolate Orange Flutes
- Milk Chocolate Amaretto Flutes
- Dark Chocolate Mint Crisps
- Milk Chocolate Mint Crisps
- Milk Chocolate Orange Crisps
- Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Crisps
- Milk Chocolate Almond Bites
- Milk Chocolate Cappuccino Bites
- Dark Chocolate Raspberry Bites
- Dark and Milk Chocolate Mint Collection
- Orange Merry Christmas Mini Gift – includes Orange Flutes and Bites
- Mint Merry Christmas Mini Gift – includes Mint Flutes and Bites
I haven’t tried everything by any means, but I can highly recommend the Amaretto Flutes and mint crisps are always a winner. These chocolate boxes are widely available at most supermarkets and many independent stores.
Elizabeth Shaw Chocolate Hamper Giveaway
Elizabeth Shaw is kindly offering one Tin and Thyme reader a chocolate hamper worth £50. To be in with a chance of winning, please fill in the Gleam widget below. You will need to leave a comment on this post, answering the question, which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Gleam will pick a winner at random from the entries received who will then be contacted via e-mail. If you are commenting anonymously, please give me some way of identifying you as I will be verifying the validity of entries. Any automated entries will be disqualified. This giveaway is only open to those with a UK postal address. Winners will need to respond within 5 days of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being picked. There are no cash alternatives.
Thanks to Elizabeth Shaw for sending some of their chocolates. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are, as always, my own. You can find other competitions at The Prize Finder and Loquax.