A few people brought along something to talk about. There were some rather valuable Shelley ware which were part of one parishioner's collection.
There was a cup,saucer and plate souvenir of Queen Eluzabeth's 1954 visit to Australia. It had belonged to my friend's mother but the story Patricia told was delightful. Pat could remember seeing the Queen in 1954, but as a child she was convinced the family walked from Goulburn to Canberra. In reality they travelled in buses with lots of other residents of that city.
There was a very elegant cup and saucer (on the left front of the photo) which had been a gift to one of the ladies. Another lady brought in a tall mug that she had bought many years ago in Harrods...Fiona said she likes a big cup of tea and this mug fits the bill. And then there was the teapot that Patti had brought along. She collects teapots and this one was a gift from her husband. We all loved it!
And what did I take along? Well not any delicate bone china...not a collectible piece...but something that still makes me smile...it's a rather chunky mug which is not my preferred style, but it does feature a Gary Larsen cartoon. In the 1980s-90s, I really loved those Larsen cartoons and had a number of the books of his cartoons.
Here's a closer view of that sign...
My 2 girls knew that this cartoon struck a chord with me, so when they were still little girls, they convinced their dad to buy the mug as a gift for me from them. Maybe you noticed the Dymo label around the bottom of the mug? A mug with a cartoon about school is perfect as a work mug for a teacher...and so it was! You may have heard stories about teachers being 'caught' with up to a dozen dirty cups belonging to others; these cups would be discovered in end of term/year, room/desk/shelves clean up. Well it's true! There are cup/mug 'thieves' in school workplaces, lol. So my girls's father, thoughtfully made the label and it must have worked....I didn't lose it!
Next month we've been invited to bring along another cup with a story...hmmm, I wonder what else I've got which has a story attached?