Friday, January 30, 2009

Show & Tell Friday!

Welcome to “Show and Tell Friday!” Do you have something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, or a treasured collection. Look around your closet if you have to share! Share photos and the story that goes with your special item.


My Grandmother (who I called Gayva as a little girl!) instilled a love good china in me! She always had special pieces in her home! Nothing excites me more than buying or receiving a piece of Royal Doulton or Royal Albert – another of my favourites is Royal Copenhagen … so fine and delicate!

When my parents married in 1960, my Grandmother took a trip on the QE2 to the UK. She visited the Royal Doulton factory and watched them making “Alice in Wonderland”. She could not afford to buy one of the figurines, but did get the rubbing off the copper plate from the book Alice is holding on her lap. If you look at the pages, you can actually read the words …” the time has come the Walrus said, to talk of many things, of shoes and ships, and sealing wax , of cabbages and kings …” She wrote about her visit on this delicate piece of paper and how much she wished she could have bought one. Two years later, my great-aunt and uncle went to the UK for a visit and they bought my Gayva “Alice” as a gift! It was always the most precious of her figurines. I loved it just as much.

I remember as a little girl, looking at Alice and imagining her to jump and run after the white rabbit! When my Gayva died at the ripe old age of 85, my Mum gave me Alice and she has prize spot in my display cabinet at home
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15 comments:

Hayley said...

What a great story. I love it when things have special memories or meanings behind them.

Clare said...

Lovely story. Charming figure, its great to have lovely memories.

Clare

Judith said...

Oh Janet she is gorgeous and what a wonderful tale that accompanies Alice. She is indeed so delicate and I love the way she is reading her book. Judith

Kristen said...

It's so nice to have things with memories attached. It's a beautiful figurine.

Avril said...

What a lovely story!! So very special!! Are those the same figurines they sell at the Spillhaus shop? I have always admired them!

Terry & Dennis Macri said...

Such a wonderful story and I just love the figurine. Beautiful!!

JudyBug said...

What a sweet story! I treasure everything I have received from both grandmothers. It warms my heart to see them, touch them and remember. Love your's!

Belinda said...

What a heartwarming story! I so agree with you about Royal Doulton figurines..they are so luminous and beautiful. This one is exceptional...good for you to have it in your collection. :-)

Jeanette said...

what a gorgeous ornament!

pam said...

My Mom and Dad bought me Alice in Wonderland when I was a child. It is in my china cabinet as I type this. I was so excited to read this.

My parents have over 200 Royal Daltons!!

Linda C said...

This is such a sweet piece along with your wonderful story and memories.

Thank you so much for sharing this precious treasure with us:)

Linda C

Karen Sherrill said...

What a sweet story...thank you for sharing it with us ;o)...Alice is beautiful.

Karen

Kathy said...

Your Alice figurine is beautiful, Janet. What a special memory.

Alice said...

How beautiful and what wonderful memories! Your Alice is perfect. I am glad you have to remember your grandmother by. Great memories for the heart! Thanks for sharing.

You are always welcome in The Shadow of the Cross. Feel free to visit anytime.

Kelli said...

Sweet story and what a lovely treasure!
~Kelli