Friday, June 13, 2014

Fun Postal Deliveries

This has been a week of postal deliveries.  Don't you enjoy getting packages in the mail?

You could say it was Christmas in June when the first package arrived.  On May 30th I blogged about Tea-themed Napkin Rings.   At the time of the post I had placed an E-bay  bid on a set of four "A Cup of Christmas Tea" napkin rings, but because the auction hadn't ended and they weren't mine yet, I didn't mention them.  They're still in their original box, and I'm happy to add them to my napkin ring collection, as well as my "A Cup of Christmas Tea" collection that I blogged about previously.

Two Beatrix Potter books and a figurine also arrived in the mail.  The used books came from Amazon, and I was surprised to see one was from an elementary school library.  I wondered why they parted with it since Beatrix Potter's books are classics? Both are cookbooks with cute stories, and Beatrix Potter's illustrations. Not surprisingly, they both have recipes for children's tea time.

The figurine is Tabitha Twitchett.

With Tom Kitten, I now have a pair.

My "Tea Angel" collection has grown by one more angel too. The whimsical angel doesn't have a manufacturer's marking, and is made of resin.  Her sign says Tea Party, Honey Cakes, and Love Muffins.

Back view of her angel wings.

She's taken her place on the shelf with her sister tea angels.

And last, but certainly not least, was a package from Boone Tavern Hotel in Berea, KY.  In March of this year, I attended a gathering of tea bloggers and friends in Berea, and we stayed at the historic Boone Tavern Hotel.  [You can read about the gathering here.]  The last day of our stay, Mr. Gary McCormick, the hotel's General Manager, stopped by our table at breakfast and said he would be sending something to each of us.  Time lapsed after the gathering, and I forgot about it. A package with Boone Tavern's return address was a pleasant surprise this week, and I must say it's the first time I've ever received a gift from a hotel where I've stayed. What a kind and thoughtful gesture!

Inside the package was a tin of Boone Tavern's signature tea blend [hence the delay in receiving the gift since it took awhile for for Elmwood Inn Fine Teas to create the tea blend and packaging], and a handcrafted pottery mug made by the students at Berea College.

How fitting for Boone Tavern Hotel to ask Elmwood Inn Fine Teas to create a signature blend for them since their tea business is also located in Kentucky [Danville].  The blend is made of hand-picked single-estate black teas from India and Sri Lanka.

My friend, Linda J., of Friendship Tea blog coordinated the gathering of tea bloggers and friends last March, and as the hotel's tea director/advisor she was instrumental in Boone Tavern having a signature blend created for the hotel. Kudos to Boone Tavern, Bruce Richardson at Elmwood Inn Fine Teas, and Linda on this fine accomplishment.

Now I'm off to make myself a cup of tea with Boone Tavern Blend!


  1. Oh, I'm so glad you got the Christmas napkin rings - aren't they darling? So is you new angel and your Tabitha figurine. I'm sure Tom is glad to have a companion, and they look good together. Enjoy that delicious sounding tea!

  2. It is fun to receive packages in the mail and yours are all great purchases! Earlier this spring I bought on E bay two "A Cup of Christmas Tea". teacups to match my teapot. I didn't know they made napkin rings! Love your tea angel (I only have one), books, kitty, and gift from the Boone Tavern! Have a great day reading your new books and sipping tea!
    Hugs, Nancy

  3. Very nice that you won the napkin rings from eBay, and what a generous gift from the Boone Tavern. The tea angel is sweet.

  4. What a fun week you've had! Treasures galore! Love your new holiday napkin rings - that's the design I have. In addition, I was equally surprised to receive a gift from the Boone Tavern.... and am enjoying a delicious tea in a beautiful hand crafted mug.

  5. Hmmm, I wonder if your mailbox is going to have some stalkers now! ;) And I didn't realize there were "A Cup of Christmas Tea" napkin rings. Something new to look for!


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