The Heritage Series coffee mugs are each inspired by a Manitoba location that has been important and meaningful in my life. Selkirk, Manitoba is only about 20 minutes north of Winnipeg (you can always spot a Canadian using time as a distance measure!) and it was basically my second home growing up. All my family lived in Selkirk or on a farm just outside of town. Both sets of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins – everyone. The Barnett side of the family was heavily involved in the town. My grandpa was the founding president of the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Manitoba. Aside from the war, he spent his 40 year nursing career at the Selkirk Mental Health Centre and one of the buildings there now bears his name. Along with my grandma, he also was one of the co-founders of Tudor House Personal Care Home. My uncle also spent his entire career at Tudor House working his way from laundry to management over the years. Every fall Tudor House held a fancy tea as a fundraiser. (It was fancy to young me at least!) The House of Tudor has Royal connotations from the British Royal Family and this mug exudes Royal energy to me. The royal purple, the elegant teal and silver on black…I can’t think of a more fitting name. My uncle passed away last year but Tudor honoured him with a bench bearing his name, right across the street from his father’s building.