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Join me for tea with author and artist Susan Branch! We'll read her new book, A Fine Romance: Falling in Love with the English Countryside, that just arrived from the library.
My family and I exchanged homes with a family from England sixteen years ago, and reading Susan's book brings back so many memories of the 3-1/2 weeks we spent there. It was a wonderful experience for my family, and we fell in love with England just like Susan did.
I received two of these cups and saucers from a student. He and his mother were in an antique store and saw them. Knowing my love for blue and white dishes, he said, "Mom, we have to get these!"
I love the blue rose pattern.
It's the Elizabeth pattern, made in England by Johnson Brothers. Susan writes about the excitement around the Diamond Jubilee, the 60th Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's ascendancy to the throne.
If you have ever been to England or would just love to go, I recommend reading Susan's book. Her hand-written and beautifully illustrated books are always wonderful. And she is a Friend of Gladys Taber, just like me!
Some photos from our own English countryside experience
It was a wonderful experience that we'll never forget!
Have you ever done a home exchange with another family? Inquiring minds want to know! By commenting, you'll be entered to win a copy of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini, courtesy of Plume Books. If you are reading this via email, you must click on the title of my blog post to be able to comment and read the comments of others. The two winners will be announced on March 1.
You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post Farmer's Daughter Quilt Block and What's on Your Nightstand?