New addition to the family
We have lots of animals, four dogs. We have Harley T-shirts. We have books. We have photo albums. We have Beanie Babies. We have baseball hats. All is loved or cared for, for one reason or another.
But I have another thing, actually many of them, that are special. It's a collection of teapots. A family of teapots, with nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, mom and pop, aunts and uncles. Who knew that teapots had family? I relate it to sizes, big ones, little ones, medium-sized ones, ceramic ones, metal ones, glass ones, and there's even a teapot that is a windchime.
|One shelf of teapots.|
My first teapot (that I remember anyway) is one that I still have. It was my grandmother's and had what I thought was an ashtray with it. Back then lots of people smoked. Now I wonder if perhaps it was a little dish to put used teabags on. I don't know.
|This is one of the most unique teapots I own, because it was probably my first, it was made in England, and it was my grandmother's and so it's pretty old. My grandmother died in the late-50s as near as I can remember.|
My mother bought me teapots over the years, mostly the Japanese type with the little cups. There's even a blue duck one that is also still part of the teapot family.
There are teapots like houses, a rabbit, ones with pigs, ones with moose or bears, one that is a dragon, a peppermint one, one with the face of a clock. There are holiday ones, including Easter, Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day. It's a diverse collection, with something for everyone if you like teapots.
|A few teapots.|
For my birthday one year, friends got me a beautiful fish teapot, with the pouty fish lips as the spout, and fins, like a fancy fantail carp. It's one of my favorites.
|Miss Fishy, came to me from Karl LeRay and Lynn Fibranz. Isn't she a beauty?|
|This pretty little number with Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz characters came from my Kansas friends, Ruth and Sylvia.|
As of today, there's another addition to the teapot family. It's like no other I've ever seen or heard of and will probably become a traveling teapot. Biker Bill went to the Sportsman's Show and was wandering around when he saw it. A Pack Away teapot. It's a fully-collapsible kettle, with a stainless steel base, a silicone body and a nylon handle. It collapses to less than 2 inches, and is ideal to carry on the motorcycle.
|The new, practical, useful and beautiful addition to the family. And Biker Bill knows the right color, too. Red rules!|
Others have given me many teapots over the years, but this is the first from my live-in man. Thank you, Biker Bill, and welcome home, teapot.