perhaps Germany or Japan
Would they tell you if they served tea to a Lady, a Duchess or maybe even a Queen?
Would your teapot tell you the secrets of it's past. In the book If Teacups Could Talk by Emilie Barnes, she states -
For hundreds of years, "Come for tea" has been another way of saying, "Come, let's share a little bit of our lives together." Quietly and gently, this inviting phrase calls us out of ourselves and into special relationships with others
I have collected tea cups for many years now. Some are new, some of old, some are just plain used. Some were gifts. And a few were inherited from a special friend who passed away.
There are special memories with each teacup. Memories of good times, and some painful times. And yet, it isn't the teacup, or the tea that makes the time spent special. It's what happens when you sit down and share your heart as you pour a cup of tea, coffee, or lemonade.
If teacups could talk, I think what they would say is-
"Come and share a pot of tea,
My home is warm and my friendship's free."