Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Icy Dark calls for Tea

January Night

Wind has buckled on his skates;
He is cutting figure eights.
Hear the swishing of his strides
As down he swoops and up he glides
Across the smooth and icy dark
Where his runners leave no mark.
Hear his huge and hearty laughter!
See his white scarf swirling after!
Wind has buckled on his skates;
He is cutting figure eights!

~Kitchen Sonnets, by Ethel Romig Fuller

Can you just image this ice skater with his white scarf flying, swirling in the wind?
Such imagery in just a few words.
There is an "icy dark" that surround us in the midst of winter. 
To tell you the truth, I am tired of it now.
It is beautiful for awhile, but then it can go away.
Today we are expecting a layer of ice added to our snow.
There is hope for tomorrow,
as it is suppose to begin warming.
Then there will be an abundance of water.

Are you tired of hearing me complain and share pictures of the white stuff?
I am!!!!

There is a pot of tea sitting here and I am sipping to sooth my soul.
In my cup is Steven Smith Teamaker's limited edition Wuyi Whiskey full leaf black tea.
It is a robust tea, just the thing called for on an icy day.
"A delicate, full leaf black tea smoked with pine needles, then scented
in a Westward Whisky barrel to impart oak, caramelized sugar and bright notes
of whiskey."    Normally I don't add a splash of milk, but this one I think is
made all the more special with the milk.  Quite perfect for the "icy dark".      

Monday, January 16, 2017

Walk with Me - A Snowy day in my Neighborhood

 This week's walk takes us through my neighborhood.
On Thursday my "live-in gardener" and I decided to walk to the market,
which is 12 city blocks from home.
 We spied a leaning snow man just down the street.
 Christmas still hanging in this tree.
 A cap on the fire hydrant.
 This pretty tree.
 A carriage waiting.
 There were chickens inside the hutch.
 A pretty house.
 And many treacherous trails along the sidewalks.
Thankful, YES, we stayed upright.
 A little welcoming birdhouse.
 Kennedy School had a snowman too.
 On the return trip we stopped at Kennedy School.
Now you might think by the name that it is a school.
Once upon a time it was an elementary school.
It sat shuttered and boarded up for some years and
then it was rescued and turned into a B&B,
restaurants (lanterns in the above picture are here), 
gift shop, and movie theater.
We love having it in the neighborhood.
 This is the outdoor seating,
which is lovely in the summer months.
So even on a winter's day, there is walking.
Feeling proud of myself for walking in the snow and ice.
I must keep walking.
Walk with me!

Friday, January 13, 2017

I Did it Myself!

I am a "I did it myself" kind of girl.
It was quite fun to shovel this walk to our front door.
I did it for the mailman;
though we haven't seen him in a couple days.
Still "I did it myself"!
That is a strength and a weakness all in one person, me.
It is hard for me to let others do for me
and it is hard to accept with grace.
Grace was my word some years ago
and it taught me some lessons for sure;
but there is something so freeing to me in 
being able to "do it myself".

Happy weekend, dear friends!
Go out and delight in each day.
Take pride in yourself and do it yourself,
but know when to accept with grace the help from others.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Tea Delight Forgotten and Found

Tea time in the snow doesn't happen often in my part of the world.
What fun to make a trail to the tea table in the garden.
It was time to play in my sort of way.
The snow wasn't very good for snowmen,
but for tea time it was perfect!
Gingerbread cookies from the freezer were the added delight.
Then there was tea.
The tea was from Harney & Sons, Thurbo 2nd flush Darjeeling.

My haiku for the day

Oh little tea tin,
I forgot you were in there.
Revealed, Delicious!

Yes, I forgot I had this tea. 
It got buried in my basket of tea.
What a treat to sip a lovely Darjeeling in the midst of the snow. 
A black tea so simple with just the delight of springtime from India.
A gift of the sun.

Now if only I could find the lid to my teapot,
it is lost in the snow.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


 The seasons in the garden enchant me, they delight me.
Springtime shares surprises and excitement as
the daisy's bloom along the walk to the entrance of my home.
 Soon they are taken over in this very spot by the Black Eyed Susan.
 Summer is in full bloom.
 Fall has arrived and the birds delight in the seeds from the same flowers.
 Oh the beauty of each season makes me happy.
Then winter comes and again there is a show to see.
In my garden this very morning,
the very same spot by the entrance to my home.

How I love the seasons of the garden.
Each season has a gift to share.
Beauty is all around us, if only we notice what we notice.

Look and See

This morning, at waterside, a sparrow flew
to a water rock and landed, by error, on the back
of an eider duck; lightly it fluttered off, amused.
The duck, too, was not provoked, but, you might say, was

This afternoon a gull sailing over
our house was casually scratching
its stomach of white feathers with one
pink foot as it flew.

Oh Lord, how shining and festive is your gift to us,
if we only look, and see.

from Why I Wake Early by Mary Oliver

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Irish Blessing

"May you always have walls for the winds,
a roof for the rain,
tea beside the fire,
laughter to cheer  you,
those you love near you,
and all your heart may desire."
~Irish Blessing

found in Tea Time Magazines, Valentine issue 2017
photo is mine, taken in London last May
a bit crooked, but I love the remembrance.
Do you have remembrances of special times,
may they be tea time or a walk along the edge of the sea?

Monday, January 9, 2017

Walk with Me - Gym

 Right now there is ice on the ground.
It is very cold in my part of the world.
Walking is taking place inside the gym.
Can you read the back of my shirt?
I love wearing it to the gym,
it does get a smile or two.
"I like my tea loose"
I am thankful that I have supplemental medicare 
that encourages wellness by paying for my gym membership.
What a wise decision on their part,
as I feel so good being able to walk in the winter cold months inside.
I love that I know I can walk a mile in 20 minutes and
that it helps me feel good and stay fit.

There will be prettier places in the future to walk,
but in the snow, rain, and ice, I am walking at the gym.