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We’ve been writing a lot of letters to Matilda. Cards, mainly – ‘I know! Let’s make a card for Tilly and send it with the postman’, as we come through the door after another long day.

So, we sit at the kitchen table and pull out the glitter and glue. Stickers are stuck, envelopes stuffed. She traces my lettering to write the envelope, then dictates a message for me to put inside.
I don’t know where she’s got her notion of cards from, but her notes are usually about parties and toys, telling Tilly how much we miss her, asking her to come back soon. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking all at once, because there’s still a gap in our home where that strange feathered beauty used to be.

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A chicken isn’t a conventional pet; I understand this, yet to us, she really was one of the family. She pecked at the windows, slept on the sofa, perched by my laptop when I worked. After five years together, it’s still second nature for me to save scraps and leftover pasta for her, ’til I catch myself. I tip it into the bin with a heavy heart every time, a waste in every sense.

It isn’t fair that she was killed so horribly. It isn’t fair that my little Spud misses her so much & hatches harebrained schemes to bring her home = ‘we’ll send her my pink scooter, and she can ride all the way home on the road!’. It isn’t fair, but life never is, & so we’re carrying on. But we miss you, Matilda x

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On a happier note, it’s giveaway time again! The card-making kit that Orla’s used for much of her chicken-correspondence, above, is from Alfie’s Studio, the local graphic design studio that created my branding here on the site, as well as a whole host of covetable paper, print and poster goodness. They’re giving away £50 in store credit to a winner worldwide, to spend on notebooks, Christmas wrap and any other glorious essentials you fancy from their online store.

Rose gold Christmas cards, anyone? ?

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50 Comments

  • supastar1501

  • October 26, 2015

I like the childrens make your own card sets, especially the ‘Under the Sea’ one x

  • Natalie Crossan

  • October 26, 2015

The set of botanical cards πŸ™‚

  • Claire

  • October 26, 2015

Tropical card sticker set

  • Erica Price

  • October 26, 2015

The tropical card set

  • Grace Wise

  • October 26, 2015

Traditional wrapping set

  • Victoria Prince

  • October 25, 2015

I love the Coastal Collection set of greeting cards πŸ™‚

  • Nancy Bradford

  • October 25, 2015

My daughter is sitting with me telling me to put the make your own cards tropical set.

  • Viv Jones

  • October 25, 2015

The set of botanical cards πŸ™‚

  • Donna Caldwell

  • October 25, 2015

Make your own cards pirate set

  • Γ„iti

  • October 25, 2015

My eldest daughter has started sending pictures to our friend abroad. The thrill of getting and sending post is something I miss and love to share with her.

  • Lizzy Cooper

  • October 23, 2015

i like the ‘OLD TIME INSPIRED PAPER ECHOES COLLECTION’

  • Gina M

  • October 22, 2015

I love the make your own card sets especially the pirate one and the tropical one. …. and the under the sea one, and the garden party too actually. They’re all gorgeous!

  • Rebecca Phillips

  • October 21, 2015

i love the make your own pirate set

  • maria hackett

  • October 21, 2015

English Botanical cards are my fav, so pretty and unique xx

  • Kasia

  • October 21, 2015

Edible Botany Field Notes – Month View Calendar

  • Lou | Littlegreenshed

  • October 21, 2015

those cards PLEASE!

  • Claire Woods

  • October 21, 2015

neon wrapping set

  • Kathi

  • October 21, 2015

So sweet of you two to make those cards for your Matilda. It is amazing how pets have such a presence and personality in a family, I fear the day my cat Oskar won’t be here any more.
I also find it interesting how different children are in remembering people and pets. My little au-pair boy didn’t seem to think about any of his friends after moving house.

  • Kelandab

  • October 20, 2015

Love the neon wrapping set

Kelly Ellen Hirst

  • What should I eat for breakfas

  • October 20, 2015

It’s such a sweet idea <3

  • Amy Fidler

  • October 20, 2015

I love the happy holidays cards with the VW on and the neon wrapping set x

  • Jodie Harvey

  • October 20, 2015

TRADITIONAL WRAPPING SET

  • jmr224

  • October 20, 2015

you’re right – those rose gold Christmas cards are deliciously cozy yet sophisticated! I also love the simplicity of their wrapping paper!

  • Paula Readings

  • October 20, 2015

EDIBLE BOTANY FIELD NOTES – MONTH VIEW CALENDA

  • Ruth Harwood

  • October 20, 2015

I love the Christmas Cards xx

  • Jon Sellers

  • October 20, 2015

The Christmas Cards get my vote , very classy

  • kim neville

  • October 20, 2015

I like the COASTAL COLLECTION – SET

  • Kat Lucas

  • October 20, 2015

“LET IT SNOW” FOILED CARD

  • Sarah mackay

  • October 19, 2015

Loving make your own Christmas card sets

  • cathrynbowen

  • October 19, 2015

traditional wrapping set x

  • alisa moore

  • October 19, 2015

Coastal Collection Set

  • Ane S

  • October 19, 2015

Love the Traditional Wrapping Set!

  • GCforever

  • October 19, 2015

The NZ BOTANICAL FIELD NOTES are fab but I also like the Traditional Wrapping Set.

  • Andrew Hindley

  • October 19, 2015

Traditional Wrapping Set

  • Patricia Avery

  • October 19, 2015

The make your own card sets would be lovely for my grandchildren πŸ™‚

  • MrRichTea

  • October 19, 2015

Def.Christmas Cards πŸ˜‰

  • Sarah Buckley

  • October 19, 2015

I love the Travel Collection – Departures card!

  • Sara

  • October 19, 2015

This post is just so sweet. Bless little Orla and her huge heart. It was very tragic news hearing about poor Matilda and the way the whole situation was handled. Sending hugs.

  • ashleigh allan

  • October 19, 2015

I like the make your own card sets – the under the sea one is nice!

  • steven

  • October 19, 2015

I love the Make Your Own Cards Pirate set, my nephew would LOVE this πŸ™‚

  • Amanda Johnson

  • October 19, 2015

We would love the MAKE YOUR OWN CARDS – SKATE DECK SET, we always find it hard to find nice boys cards, we have loads for little girls but struggle to find or even make cards suitable for the boys school friends. These would be brilliant.

  • Jacqueline Roberts

  • October 19, 2015

Loving the Christmas cards, and also liked the wrapping sets

  • CaliMel

  • October 19, 2015

Sorry for the two comments, didn’t feel appropriate to put the contest entry one with the other. But my favorite product is the card with the little VW van on it and the tree on top that says Happy Holidays. I love the little van!

  • CaliMel

  • October 19, 2015

I know technically I shouldn’t be looking at Christmas stuff in the stores yet, but it’s all sooo pretty this year. Those cards are gorgeous. I’m sorry about Tilly, your post makes me want to give you both a hug because losing pets no matter what form they are in, is hard. Especially in such a tragic awful way. I’m sorry for your loss. The cards are a beautiful tribute.

  • SARAH

  • October 19, 2015

I love the botany collaboration xxxx

  • Ellen Stafford

  • October 19, 2015

I love the Christmas cards

  • Sarah-Jane Laycock

  • October 19, 2015

I simply adore the Coastal Collection Set – such vibrant and beautiful prints! Oceanic Awesomeness x

  • Adam Berger

  • October 19, 2015

I love the
MAKE YOUR OWN CARDS – GARDEN PARTY SET

  • Tracy K Nixon

  • October 19, 2015

I love the
BOTANICAL FIELD NOTES – MONTH VIEW CALENDAR

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