“Half memoir, half travel, A Yank Back to England...is an absolutely wonderful book, not only about going home again but also about love and family and tradition and the passage of the years.”
—Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic (Washington
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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Last chance for English tea giveaway

Only three days left to enter our first giveaway and win the ingredients for a perfect cup of rosie lea: a tin of Twinings Earl Grey and a packet of Typhoo teabags. Three ways to enter:
*leave a birthday wish (can't get enough of those!) or a tea story

*send us a lovely photo of Southern England or East Anglia
*link back to us
One more thing: must be in US--silly to start shipping tea back to Blighty! For more details and to enter,
click here.


Wendy said...

I just found your blog through BritGalSarah. It has been a lovely read and I really enjoy the photos. So Happy Birthday, Prodigal Tourist.

Here is my tea story, as well: When I was on a six-month visa to England, I met a young man at my church who invited me to his place for tea. I accepted and moments later had several girls pulling me aside to ask if I knew where "his place" was. They informed me that the gentleman was the Queen's butler and "his place" was Buckingham Palace.

I had to fill out some paperwork, to have a background check. On the designated day, I appeared at the side entrance, gave my name and reason for calling. They handed me a security pass and paiged my "paige"! It was a thrilling tea, not so much for his company, but because I was marvelling over all the posters on his wall of his trips with the Queen and especially thrilled with his genuine royal bedspread from the Victorian era (my era of focus in college).

If you want to read my longer version of this extraordinary event, you can find it at http://ofbooksandboys.blogspot.com/2008/02/oh-yeah-tea-at-buckingham-palace.html

Thanks for entering me into your tea giveaway!

The Prodigal Tourist said...

What a fun story! Though Kate says, how did you happen to see his bedspread?

Wendy said...

We had tea in his rooms, of course. Mind you, I did not explore beneath the bedspread! I promise!