Meet my miniature silver spitfire. It's a beautiful little brooch handmade by Martin, who lives in Nelson. After I delivered my Pecha Kucha presentation last month, he emailed to say he likes to send one of these tiny planes to one speaker after each PK evening. I am most honoured to be the recipient this time and my plane has flown with me to work on my favourite blue cardigan quite a few times already.
The special thing about this spitfire is that it was made entirely from a NZ three pence coin and inspired by Martin's grandfather who, as a 15-year old boy in wartime England, fashioned similar little spitfires from coins. He did this in tea breaks while building real spitfires for the RAF in a factory near Swindon, where he also happened to meet Martin's grandmother.
So the silver spitfire looms large in the lore of Martin's family, and I really like having a miniature version accompany me on my daily travels.