Today I'm looking forward to finally sharing the lovely tea set my mother gave me. I don't know much about this history of this set. I do appreciate that it came from a respectable maker, Noritake china, though the Gray Wood pattern has been discontinued. It is a soft white with silvery and gray leaves in a delicate pattern on it, the lines are I think of a more modern, sleek design. Nothing I would call particulary fancy, not very frilly in paint or style. I have come to really admire its understated elegance and it has great sentimental value for me.
My mother bought this set off her sister, a woman prone to packing up everything she owned and traveling across country to settle where she landed for a few months or a couple of years, until the urge to roam uprooted her again. My aunt collected and purged countless items in her travels, including a few houses and more than a few husbands. On one of her trips back to stay near her family, she had this china set and a full set of Royal Doulton Old English Roses dinnerware. I don't know what my mother paid for it, but I'm sure she got them for a bargain price. My older sister got the Royal Doulton, I got this set. That was over 30 years ago, and the set has remained one of my most treasured items.
Here is the full service for six, so everyone find a seat while I take the scones out of the oven. Heehee, now I'm reminded of a sign I saw today, 'Tea is on me, the gossip is free.'