Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Aunt Ida's House and Shelley Teacup

My dear Aunt Ida gave me this beautiful Shelley Teacup years ago.  It is the only blue and white teacup I have, and it's one of my favorites. 

Many of my readers have become acquainted with Aunt Ida through my blog.  She was the special lady who started me on my journey of collecting teacups.  Aunt Ida passed away last August, just 4 months before her 96th birthday. She had lived in a nursing facility the last five years.  I was her caregiver for many years.  She was very dear to me and to my family.

Last week I sold Aunt Ida's little 1936 house.  It has taken me several years to get to the point to be able to sell the house.  GJ and I put a lot of work and money into refurbishing the house over the past several years.  After the work was completed, we used it as a guest house and I entertained friends there for afternoon tea. 

I am pleased a dear childhood friend who was my next door neighbor bought the house after living away from our little town for many years.  She has moved back to be here for her 90 year old mother.   I am OK with the sale of the house and I believe Aunt Ida would be happy to know my friend purchased it and will love it.


Susan said...

I am so glad just the right person
will live in your Aunt's house!
It is a charming home ! I had a dear Aunt who lived to be 93.

racheld said...

How lovely to have someone in your life like your Aunt Ida, and what a blessing you must have been to each other.

Isn't it wonderful to pass along anything---a teacup, a recipe, a home---to someone who will really appreciate it and love it?

parTea lady said...

That is a lovely teacup from your Aunt Ida. That's great that a friend bought her house and that you will still be able to visit.

A Hopeful Heart said...

That is a beautiful teacup. And kudos to Aunt Ida for starting you on the wonderful path of teacup collecting.

With a friend having bought Aunt Ida's house, I would imagine you might be enjoying tea there again in the future.

Have a lovely day,

Paula said...

you have a beautiful soul, Linda.

Bernideen said...

Linda this is so touching! That swwet little cottage will be home toan old friend! Iknow that makes it easier!

Winifred said...

What a lovely story that a friend bought the house to be near her Mam. I do love blue and white crockery. I have some white crockery but all the rest of my plates, cups etc are blue and white. Mainly willow & Spode Blue Italian.

Prim Rose Hill ©2008-2010 said...

I know exactly how you feel! I still have my grandmother's house (very similar and built in 1930's too!) and now the woman who originally sold it to my grandparents wants to buy it again. She is older and was born in the house and lived there many years before. I hate to part with it, but I think my grandmother would be happy with her having it back again. It's so hard to let go with all the memories.

I LOVE your adorable blue & white teacup. Very pretty indeed!


Angela McRae said...

What a charming house (love that curved roofline!), teacup and blog post. Happy to hear you handled this with such grace!

Marilyn said...

What a treasure of that little house you have shared with a friend. Love the teacup too. Aunt Ida was a special lady. Thanks for sharing her with us.

Anonymous said...

What a very touching story of your Aunt Ida, her sweet teacup, and charming home. The story just gets richer to learn as you waited to sell the home it turned out to be the perfect timing to become a blessing for a friend who is caring for her mom.


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