My Most Memorable Cups for Ailsa’s Travel Theme.

As some of you may know, we’re busy packing up our home in South Africa in preparation for our move to Florida. Some items aren’t going with us, as we already have a house full of stuff over there, so I’ve had to decide what to part with. Years ago, I fell in love with this Royal Albert tea service, and when we lived in Johannesburg, it was used regularly at tea parties, together with gold spoons and cake forks. The trend has since been towards mugs instead of dainty bone china cups, so it’s been unused for about ten years, cluttering up my cupboard. I advertised it for sale, and the person who managed to get here first at breakneck speed, just pipped a couple of others at the post. I had no idea it would sell so easily, but she was absolutely over the moon with her bargain. I felt a little tug at my heart strings as we packed it up and watched it disappear down the driveway, but I’m sure it’s gone to a good home.


This black¬† ceramic coffee set was a wedding present in the late 1960’s, and also hasn’t been used for years, so it’s also up for sale, and someone is coming to look at it tomorrow. It travelled over from England with us in 1970, and holds many memories of after-dinner cups of coffee, accompanied by the lively chatter of good friends.


More up to date, is a delicious cup of Chai Tea Latte sprinkled with cinnamon, just the way I like it.


Now for some really cute waterlily petal cups full of smiley grandchildren.


A particularly proud and memorable moment, was when our eldest granddaughter Tamsyn, won these coveted cups for academic brilliance.


To see more entries for Ailsa’s “World Cups” travel theme, just click here.

Oceans apart in distance and age.

Today is my dear mom’s 89th birthday in South Africa, and it’s also my granddaughter Taylor’s 5th birthday in New Jersey. We celebrated both of these auspicious occasions of course, and went to see mom in the care home. She was sleeping when we arrived, but soon perked up when she saw her lovely chocolate cake that my sister had made for her to share with all the residents and staff, and the flowers, cards and presents which we’d brought. When we got home, we chatted to Taylor and the rest of the family on Skype. She was so excited about her party yesterday. She even had a visit from the Sleeping Beauty Princess, (actually her cousin in a blonde wig, although I’m not sure she realised this). Here are some pics of the two birthday girls with family and friends.

It’s less than ideal when families live so far apart, but thank goodness for Skype video calls and Facebook photos. What ever would we do without them?