Olya, my mother says you have beautiful handwriting! I have whited out some parts to maintain privacy.
And when the string was cut and the oiled paper unfolded inside was this - in all the rich jewel colours I always associate with Russia.
After peeling off another a shiny rainbow of threads, braids, beads, colourful fabric, a small keyring kit were revealed.
And some chocolate too. Inside the glittery gold drawstring bag was hiding this wonderful hanging. This hanging is a design of Olya's and I suspect the beads might be handmade too. What a wonderful surprise. Thank you so very much Olya. You are so very kind and I wish I could write thankyou in Russian.