I Love Tea Cups

I Love Tea Cups

Friday, February 18, 2011

Old English Tea Pot

Hello Everyone!
I'm so excited today. I have so many things to Show and Tell you.
Some fabulous Pink.
A few of My Favorite Things that Inspire Me.

My Sweetheart gave me this beautiful book about London as a Valentine gift.
We went to B & N to buy a book for a friend and he saw this book and another  book about Scotland.  He wanted me to have them to read before I went on my trip this summer.  I was so delighted and proud of him because he wanted me to be informed about the places I would visit and photograph.      

As I sat by the window with my cup of tea  (and my brownies.) I was thinking about how my Great-Grandmother, Great-Grandfather and five children crossed the Atlantic Ocean on the ship Olympic leaving Southampton England and landing at Ellis Island on March 25, 1914.  They only had a big trunk to carry their most precious belongings from their home land.

This Old English Tea Pot is one of those treasures that made the trip to America in 1914.

There is a wonderful website ellisisland.org. where I found the passenger record of my Grandmother's family arriving at Ellis Island.
My Grandmother was 11 years old in 1914 and by the grace of God my Grandfather departed Liverpool on the ship Carmania and arrived on May 31, 1914.  He was 23 years old.  My Grandmother and Grandfather met in California and were married in 1920.  

This trip is very important to me. And I will be able to see for myself  where my ancestors came from and how they lived.

The ladies I'm traveling with asked me "Is there anything I want to see or do in London?" I said " Yes, I would love to have tea."  "Oh! we have tea every afternoon somewhere to rest our feet."  Oh happy day!!!!! I can't believe I'm going to have tea every day in LONDON.

How about some 'British Breakfast'? 

 Something Pink.  Camellia japonica.    

The silver plated spoon was another treasure from England and the cup and saucer and the little flower vase are Anfora pottery from Mexico.

My world is expanding and I am so grateful for the opportunity to visit such an amazing place.

Thank you so much for visiting My Cozy Corner.
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  1. ahh one of my fave post! love the photos and the story too! and the teapot is lovely! precious treasure! thanks for sharing! have a great weekend!

  2. Betty~this is a beautiful story!!! I love family history stories. I have something similar with my great grandparents arriving at Ellis Island from Germany. You will love London and Southampton. Make sure when you go to have tea at the Orangery at Kenningston Palace. Wonderful!

  3. Family and family heirlooms are the best, aren't they! Beautiful teapot. The camellias are gorgeous! The crocheted placemat(?) is very pretty, too. Bess

  4. Betty! How wonderful! I am so excited for you! That's an amazing opportunity! What a dear husband you have - you're quite blessed.
    I've never traveled to Europe - but, I do feel a sense of connection to the places where my family came from - perhaps some of the places you'll visit.
    Thank you for signing up to join Celebrating Spring with Victoria - I am looking forward to the special party!

    God Bless<

  5. My husband and I were lucky enough to visit London three times. You will get tired from all the walking so stop for tea at 3:00PM your feet will be happy. Happy Pink Saturday!
    Joyce M

  6. What a lovely gift your husband gave you. I love those coffee table books and he is so sweet wanting to educate you on some of the photographic opportunities awaiting you. We will all be so excited to view your amazing photos when you return. I have never traveled to Europe and doubt that will be possible, but am so happy to have me so many friends on the blogs who open my world by their adventures.

  7. Happy Pink Saturday!

    I would really love visiting the countryside in England.

    ~ Gabriela ~

  8. What a wonderful time you will have. That is a lovely teapot and such sweet memories.

  9. A very beautiful country and you will have the time of your life. I will want to see and here all about it when you return. Happy Pink Saturday, Char

  10. That teapot struck my eye as soon as I opened your blog. It is absolutely beautiful!! It's amazing the things people bring with them when they come to a new country. My husband and his mother and brother came to the US from Russia in 1993. We still have the spoons and pots and pans they brought with them. I treasure those things more than he does! Lol!! Thanks for sharing and
    I can't wait to see what you photograph on your trip!!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Wonderful treasures, Betty! Amazing teapot! And I just love the pink flowers! What a scrumptious shade! I would love to visit England someday as that is where my ancestors hail from too. Happy Pink Saturday.


  12. What a treat! Have a great trip!

  13. This is a lovely post. Enjoy your trip. You will come away from London with an entirely new attitude about tea. I look forward to reading what you have to say.

  14. Betty, that is so thoughtful of your husband. The book looks so pretty, and so does your tea pot and the roses on the table. That tea pot is such a special treasure for you to have. This looks like a wonderful place to relax and enjoy your new book. How exciting your trip sounds. Thank you for linking to Favorite Things. laurie

  15. Betty, I just got chill bumps as I read about your tea pot brought over in 1914. I know you cherish it. Seeing your London book makes me want to order it from Amazon. I have a nice Paris coffee table book but not one from London. My husband and I have been to London twice and enjoyed it both times.

  16. Love the teapot and the story about your grandparents gave me goosebumps. A wonderful post!


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