The sky is thick, and the dusky twilight hides the hill-tops;
The dewy leaves and cloudy buds cannot be easily plucked.
We know not for whom, their thirst to quench,
We're caused to toil and labor, and daily two by two go.
-A stanza from a traditional tea plucker's song,
as quoted by Williams, Middle Kingdom
The season of Autumn will soon be here,
the season of abundance.
I always find myself gearing up for more hefty teas
in my cup, such as a Yunnan Gold or Puerh.
What better to pair with warm apple pie or squash soup.
These teas welcome me with the morning sunrise
and I sing a song of JOY.
What do you like to sip from your cup on a cool Autumn day?
What JOY comes from your kitchen in the way of baking or cooking?
Today I am thinking of making something with tomatoes, maybe a tart.
Tomatoes and plums are drying in the dehydrator as I prepare for winter.
My tea basket is sitting in readiness with some wonderful Puerh's
and my thoughts are beginning to plan new purchases for the cold days ahead.
Happy weekend, dear friends!!