Wednesday, January 23, 2008

House Sitting

My neighbor asked me to watch his house while he went on vacation to Ireland. I said yes, of course, and kept an eye on things. When he returned he presented me with a wrapped gift for house sitting.

My grandfather is from County Cork, Ireland. When I was young he brought me back pieces of a Tara China tea set. I had all the pieces of the set except, for some reason, the teapot, so it was never really displayed.

When I opened my house sitting gift, I gasped! It was the teapot! I asked him how he could have known…he replied, known what?

I explained about my tea set. He was as surprised as I was. He said, “The china has your name on it and when I looked at that teapot I just knew it was the right thing to get”.

Divine intervention? I believe so!

(Close up of the Tara crest...)


Anonymous said...

That is so awesome! It's so reaffirning when things like that happen . Your set is just lovely!

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

What a beautiful gift! This was definitely meant to be! What a wonderful story :)


Scrappy Jessi said...

wow! that is so great! it was meant to be!
beautiful set.

Rosie's Whimsy said...

What a fantastic gift! Divine direction to be sure :-)

Have the Best of Days........Rosie

Janet said...


Abbie said...

Hi Tara,
It is amazing how things workout sometimes, isn't it? I like the idea of two matching pieces instead of one huge one.. lovely!

kelly said...

how cool!

Kathleen Grace said...

What a cool and amazing story! A gorgeous gift and certainly it was meant for you:>)

Alison Gibbs said...

How spooky is that.

laura said...

what a wonderful story. Of course everyone knows that the Irish are magical.

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Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a wonderful story!! It was serendipity!

Jennifer said...

Another amazing story! You should write a book! BTW, thanks so much for adding My Designing Life to your blog roll! Very sweet of you.
See you soon.

Sandra Evertson said...

Gorgeous porcelain!
Sandra Evertson

Cottage Contessa said...

Oh my goodness, that's amazing! My mum's side of the family are from County Cork, Ireland too! What a small world! Are your family red heads too?
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Mary said...

Stunning! A beautiful story, too. :)

Rachel said...

That is SO neat!

Carrie said...

Wow, What a great design teaset! Such a great coincidence.