One of my favorite teacups is an Old Country Rose, which came to me from my maternal grandmother. Each of us granddaughters received something from her set as a memento...
...and since my grandmother was the 'queen of tea parties', what could be a more perfect reminder than teacup from her china set? When one sat down to tea at her table, everything was perfect...the linens were pressed, and the table was beautifully set. I'm sure she made a wonderful cup of tea, as it was her drink of choice...however, I don't recall the flavour of the tea for all the sugar cubes I added. Her house smelled of fresh baking and was so clean one could eat off the floor. She was a wonderful hostess...and always urged us to eat a little more. One of her favorite quotes was, "Finish it up, or it will rain!" So I cherish my 'Old Country Rose' teacup...it's one of the few things I have from my grandmother.
But let me tell you about another treasured possession which also came to me from my Grandma Isaak. My grandmother grew up in a Mennonite village on the steppes of Russia and would have learned to make tea in a samovar...or tea urn. Within the central body of the samovar is a tube filled with hot coals, which would heat the water. The samovar was placed on the centre of the table and everyone sat around and helped themselves to tea.
When grandma and her family fled Russia in the 1920's, they left behind most of their belongings...but the precious samovar made the journey to Canada. How it came to be in my possession is a long story...but let's just say, I treasure it!
So that's my tea cup story for today. But if you want to pop by tomorrow, maybe we could have a tea party. I'm baking paska (Easter bread), and the coffee will be ready...I could serve it in a special teacup though.
Gracious Hospitality is hosting a Teacup Story event this week...so pop by her blog and learn everything you ever wanted to know about tea...teacups...and hospitality!