Here are the two things I asked for for my birthday:
A Beatrice paraffin stove - with a wick, so it's easier to light than the primus. I'm sure it has its downsides (slower, sootier) or it wouldn't have been superseded, but I'm pleased to have an alternative (or two, even, as I got an extra bonus one). And...
An Acme wringer - a mini-mangle to complete Chertsey's laundry facilities. I've tested it and it's very impressive.
Those were what I asked for. I also got some things I didn't ask for.. A Canon digital SLR camera (thank you Jim) and an iPad2 (thanks Mum). It's been a very generous year and I'm a very lucky birthday girl.
Starting the return trip - with complications!
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