Thursday, January 26, 2012

A MODERN FAIRYTALE ENDING...

Some of you might remember my story about my granny's Wedgwood teapot and some may not have retained that crucial info. Go on, go back and read it, it's really long. But basically, it was a charming tale of old world courtesy and civility involving my granny breaking her Wedgwood teapot, the design of which had been discontinued, thus rendering her extensive tea service incomplete. After a number of polite exchanges, she was miraculously sent another teapot free of charge, due to the thoughtfulness of a Wedgwood employee. The story ended with me lamenting the modern world and noting that Wedgwood had recently gone into liquidation, had been bought out by a foreign equity group and all production was moved to China. I doubted that the lid, which had been broken recently (ahem, not by me) could ever be replaced, or that I would even get a response to a polite email to Wedgwood these days.

BUT THEN.

The other day I got a comment on my Teapot Story post, which I'd written almost exactly a year ago to the day. A very kind person (please tell me who you are so I can thank you properly) tipped me off that there was a teapot lid for sale on ebay. I bid. I won. I'm guessing there aren't that many people searching for a 1950s/'60s Wedgwood Summer Sky teapot lid, sans teapot out there?

The lid arrived today - as I ripped open the package like a greedy child I felt sure it would be the wrong lid, it wouldn't fit, or would be the wrong colour.

But it wasn't! My teapot is now justly re-crowned. I feel sure that had my granny known the Internet existed before she died, she would thank it now and marvel at the magic of it.


I raise my teacup to you Internet - you're too good to me - and what a perfect 21st century ending to the 'ol teapot story.

10 comments:

Nancy Baric *negfilm said...

i swear when i you image came up, i got the chills!
i am amazed time and time again by the kindness of strangers!
perfect fit and so happy that there is a happy ending to your grandmother's teapot...because really! a tea service should never be incomplete!!! xx

anabela / fieldguided said...

I love the teapot saga!!

Anonymous said...

Truly lovely end of lovely story:)

Camille said...

Your title scared me! When I first read it, I took it for "the end of a modern fairytale", and I thought you had broken the teapot. This to say, I am relieved to see that it is not the case.

lola said...

your story cheer me up...and I have a smile on my face right now,love your teapot :)

l'embrouillamini said...

:)

miss sophie said...

what a wonderful story! and i love your teapot.

Sneaky Magpie said...

Oh, how lovely. The kindness of strangers (we don't believe in) still exists.

And it doesn't cease to amaze me that you can find anything on ebay.

Tiffany said...

I love it! Really.

nina said...

magnetizzzzzer!