First of all, I need you to all agree with me that Christmas wasn't that long ago, and it hasn't taken me that long to get these pictures on my blog. OK, great! Now that we've got that out of the way, let me show you what my lovely team did for me in November. It all started when I received one of these in the mail:Along with a mysterious riddle
"This is just one, there are 34 on the way
No clues shall we give, but look every day
For a piece of the puzzle to make you think
Who do you know that loves paper and ink?"
Of course, there was no return address and the writing was disguised! Every day through November I received more and more of these gorgeous creations, all the same size but with different letters.
And then, as if my brain wasn't being stretched enough, I started receiving more, with an extra clue:
"A few latecomers have joined in the fun
There was 34, there is now 41
Pieces of the Puzzle to make you think
Who do you know that loves paper and ink"
Much as I love crosswords and puzzles, it really was very tricky to solve. By the night of our Team Christmas Dinner on the 3rd December, I was pretty sure I had the "Merry Christmas" bit right, and I left the other letters spread out on the table and told everyone that if the letters "just happened" to get themselves in the right order, that would be great! And, what do you know, they did!
So, this is what I had hanging up in my lounge room throughout December (and most of January too, because I couldn't bear to take it down!)"
Here are some close-ups, so you can see the amazing detail: