Every once in a while, when Alexander is napping, I take them out to adoringly gaze and admire their beauty and treat myself to a nice cup of tea. A big part of my collection are thrifted goodies - odd bits and pieces; a lone cup here and an unwanted saucer there, obtained from trips to op shops around the country. The newer Royal Albert sets we received as gifts when we bought our house. Even more precious are the vintage tea sets that belonged to Stu's late grandmother, passed on to me by his mum.
It's only a tiny collection at the moment, comprising of cockatoo, magpie and kookaburra feathers from my backyard, as well as a couple of chicken and geese feathers I collected at the Hunter Valley zoo.