Teapot Tuesday Plus a Bonus—Tea with the Queen!

It’s Teapot Tuesday here on It’s Just Life and today I am highlighting a recent acquisition thanks to blogger friend Katybeth who blogs over at Odd Loves Company.  She, being the wonderful person that she is, helped an older friend recently with an estate sale to get some of her possessions whittled down.   Katybeth posted various pictures on her Facebook page of things that were being sold and lo and behold there were a couple of teapots.   Imagine that!

Emails flew back and forth, prices and delivery fees were discussed and walaa—I acquired a beautiful Wedgewood piece because I promised the owner that it would have many loving siblings to keep it company.  This teapot is circa 1970 and in perfect condition.  Fit for tea with the Queen.


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We had a weekend jaunt to North Carolina this past weekend to take in a Carolina football game (Go Heels) and I was excited to come back home because I knew that there was going to be a special surprise awaiting me.   Chris and I hope to make a trip to England next fall and my friend, blogger and author, T. B. Markinson lives in London.  I so hope to meet her in person and have been telling her that my one desire is to have tea with the queen.   I told her that I was sure that she had connections and that I hoped that she could make that happen.   Well–she alerted me to the fact that she had sent me a small gift and it would arrive on the weekend.   I ripped into the mail and found the lovely surprise below.


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In her words—“Now you can have tea with the queen every day!”  And indeed I will!  Thank you, T B M –from the bottom of my cup!!!

“Two things consistently bring me pleasure: hot sweet tea and writing. Which is not to say that either are particularly good for me…I use entirely too much sugar and so far don’t find sucralose to be a good alternative. Also, writing is not a practice that engenders confidence. Quite the opposite. It’s about making yourself deliberately insecure so that you can write the next thing and have it be worth reading.

And that’s not even taking into consideration the business end of things, which can make you bitter if you’re not careful…

But I’ve spent my the bulk of my life to date figuring out the right mix of fat and sugar in my tea and also, how to get incrementally better (I hope…) at the writing, so I’m not giving it/them up!”
― Ariel Gordon


  1. Wow, that is gorgeous teapot! And you have to love TBM. I’ve enjoyed getting to know her since you shared info about her book! Sounds just like her to send you sometime for tea time!

    Hugs from Ecuador,

  2. Oh, my goodness, I am laughing, laughing. laughing at your gift. The Queen Mum is absolutely perfect for you. How thoughtful of T.B.

    And the teapot is so cute. I can understand why you fell in love with it and just had to have it.

    I enjoyed shopping for teapots with you yesterday even if you didn’t buy one. Ditto for sipping lemonade with you while you sipped tea at lunch. Thanks for the great day, my friend. Hugs.

    • It is perfect, isn’ t it?? I absolutely love it! And I loved spending time with you yesterday!!! Thanks so much for the tour of your little town and for the great conversations!

  3. I’m so glad that it arrived safe and sound and that you like it. Now I need to arrange visits with the rest of the royal family–maybe George!

  4. Too funny! I love it. What a fun way to share tea. The tea pot looks lovely and it’s wonderful that is has such a tearrific home. I’m possessed, seeking help…

    • You just brought another piece of joy to my life—-it is still in my kitchen but will move to nestle among friends–perhaps next to my only other Wedgewood that my hubby got me years ago. Thanks again!

  5. Im suddenly a TEA WOMAN now that I live in a coooool climate 🙂

  6. ROFL!!!!!! Such a wonderful start to my day!!!! LOL! Seriously, though, that blue/white sweetie is gorgeous…….is there a more perfect color combo for anything????!!!!! Such a lovely trip you have in your future. We have friends near Bath who manage a trek stateside every once in a while but we don’t see such a trip being possible. I look forward to a vicarious experience through your photos/writings. Hugs……..

  7. What a preciuos find, a Wedgewood teapot! I am envious. Enjoy your tea with the queen everyday! So cute.

  8. Don’t forget to elevate your pinkie as you sip with the queen..

  9. Pinned the top picture to my TEA Board: http://www.pinterest.com/stillblondeaaty/tea-the-whole-hot-cup/

  10. beautiful teapot. I love the blue and white of the Wedgewood style.
    Tea with the Queen – brilliant.

  11. Oh my word…that tea egg is AWESOME!!!

  12. This is a marvelous post! Love tea…even if half the time it ends up standing cold beside my computer!

  13. Allison Spruill says:

    Love this! It would be a great accessory for my English Breakfast tea!

  14. Love the tea pot and what an awesome surprise from T.B.M. Enjoy your tea with the queen! 🙂

  15. Beautiful tea pot. I’d be afraid to use it! 😳

    • Oh no—-teapots are made to be used!!!! It is not as fragile as some of them but the inside makes me think that there wed not too many pots brewed in it.

  16. Saundra Shultz says:

    The tea egg is sooo cool!

  17. loisaltermark says:

    I love tea and teapots (that one is gorgeous!), and would love to join you for high tea!

  18. Lovely teapot! And you’ve gotten the Queen into hot water, I see.

  19. I love that teapot! And I hope you get to meet TBM!! How fun!

  20. cynthia warner says:

    A TEacup Fit For Royalty!

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