Monday, October 15, 2018

Monday's Tea Quote

I am sitting in the blue chair listening to this stillness.
The only sound the occasional gurgle of tea
coming out of the pot and into the cup.
How can this be?
Such calm, such peace, such solitude
in this world of woe.
~from The Sixth of January by David Budbill
as collected in Good Poems, ed by Garrison Keillor

Friday, October 12, 2018

Sitting and Dreaming!

Newport, Oregon
Whidbey Island, Washington

Trout Lake, Washington

Victoria, BC, Canada
Northern Washington State

I have a "thing" for Adirondack chairs.
They just call me to sit and dream,
especially when sitting by water.
Yes, I am a water girl at heart.

Once swimming like a fish, I dreamt.
Could I be a mermaid or a fish?
Swim in the deepest seas?
Rise to the surface and feel the sun on my back?
I can dream, can you?

Are you a water girl or boy?
Or are you a dreamer in a different way?

What pulls at your heart strings and causes you to dream?

Note: I know I have shared this before, but when I got my "big girl" camera
a friend asked what I would take pictures of.
I said "Adirondack chairs by water".
Always on the look out for just this,
the above pictures are a few I have found in the Pacific Northwest.
In your part of the world do you search for them too?
What does your heart search for?

Happy weekend, dears friends!
Continue on with the search for places to sit and dream.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

One Little Boy at Teatime

Not exactly a princess tea time,
for me there is one little boy to share tea with.
So we started out when he was just tike.
At 2 years old we shared tea time in his cottage.
Oh what fun we had!
And then there were times when at his little table we sat
as he learned to nibble cookies and pour the tea.
Then the day came when we sat in the garden
and honored the Mad Hatter with tea time.
Several hats were tried.
Tea was poured.
 Then during the winter we had a Harry Potter teatime too.

 He is getting older now, so off to the Lan Su Chinese Garden
where we sipped flowers in the teapot.
According to parents desires, the tea is herbal in the pot.
In the pink wings and cowboy hat below he is serving tea to a friend.
And this takes place as he is 5 years old.
He is learning to appreciate tea time with Mimi.
Each year it becomes so precious to me to celebrate with tea and 
my special "D" over tea.
This last celebration was to celebrate starting kindergarten soon.

So tell me this!
Why is it so often about little girls having tea parties
and not the boys?

Yes, he loves playing like a boy and being adventurous too;
but tea parties for little boys can bring out a whole different side of him.
It can be a time of teaching, but also celebration,
or just savoring the day over a cup of tea.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


Quietly I sat by my breakfast window.
If the hummingbird sees me, he won't come to the feeder.
And so I waited with bated breathe behind the curtain.
I could see him in the distance.
He sits at the top of the dogwood and watches.
Always on the look out for movement.
I stood very still.
And finally for a quick sip he dashed to the feeder.
Can you see him under that branch?
My camera finger was ready.
I had to be quick.
It was only a moment, but the visit was my reward.
Another day there might be a better picture
for today I will wait again.

I love hummingbirds.
There is one variety that stays even after the flowers are gone;
so the waiting will be rewarded on another day.
Do you care to wait with me?
Patience in the wait!
Savor the day!

Taking the picture behind the curtain and through the window
doesn't give the best picture, but it was what was needed just yesterday.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Monday's Tea Quote

Willow branches graze the grass,
As I sit in the shade drinking tea.
A note from a flute blows clearly,
Mingling with the sound of rain.
I could sit here alone forever,
And still I'd never feel lonely.
—  Anonymous poem inscribed on an old Yi Hsing tea pot

Sitting right here with my morning tea.
What a delight in the quiet of the morning!
Have a good, good day!

Friday, October 5, 2018

A Rose is a Rose

 My "live-in gardener" and I love roses.
We can't resist adding a new one to the garden from time to time.
Each of the roses today is from the garden.
Right now there is a bouquet with roses in several places in the house.
And when the garden is finished I will buy a rose at the market for the bud vase.
They just make my heart sing with JOY.
 "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose."
~Gertrude Stein
 "Go lovely Rose,
Tell her that wastes her Time and me,
That now she knows,
When I resemble her to thee,
How sweet and fair she seems to be."
~Edmund Waller
 "As sense-bludgeoning as a rose."
~Diane Ackerman
 Sometimes a single rose will enchant,
while other times a full bouquet delights.

There were roses in my wedding bouquet.
There are roses on teacups.
There are roses in the fabric on my chairs and pillows.
There are roses on my wall.
Most of all, there are roses in my garden.

 "There is simply the rose;
it is perfect in every moment of its existence."
Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Do you love roses?
Do you bring them into your home?
 All roses shown are from my garden, which is still blooming in October.
Happy weekend, dear friends!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Grandpa Style Tea

Well we have talked about British and American styles of making tea,
now the third in the occasional series is Grandpa Style.
Bet you didn't know that was a style of making tea.
Grandpa style is much the way you see in the picture. 
The water is added throughout the day for a constant source of tea.
Very simple.

My "live-in gardener" observed this when he traveled on the train in China in 1986.
The name "grandpa style" hadn't been coined then, but ultimately this is where it came from.
The loose tea is tossed in a jar and hot water is added throughout the day.
I understand that on the train they would come through with a kettle of hot water
to do just that, replenish the tea with water.
I believe the "grandpa style" titled was coined fairly recently, possibly by bloggers. 
The below link had quite alot of information on this style of sipping tea
and rather than repeating the information you can visit there for more details.

Do you ever sip tea "grandpa style"?

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

A Tea Festival

The tea world is growing in the US and I am thrilled to be a part of it.
Probably the first tea festival in the US started 11 years ago in Seattle, WA.
Now I haven't made it to all of them, but probably most of them.
I do believe this year at the NW Tea Festival it was the best one yet.
The gathering place is the Seattle Center and if you were there by mistake or wanting
to learn about tea, it could be overwhelming.
From gorgeous handmade teaware to very rare teas, it had it all.
I loved this samovar and thought you might like seeing it.

This booth always entices me to look with their steampunk atmosphere.
The Plum Deluxe Tea is a favorite of some of my friends.
They love the blends they make.
Harney & Sons comes all the way from New York.
They always have good teas to taste.
I picked up their catalog this time and it is beautiful.
Denong has some terrific Puerh teas.
That's Jeffrey serving tea for them.
Another favorite is Floating Leaves.
They have amazing oolongs.
I buy my Yunnan Gold from them too.
"Girly" teawear was fun to see.
The little hats were made of paper.
I brought home 3 special teas from Raj at Young Mountain.
They are all delicious.
The guy in the beard is Nigel Melican of Teacraft.
He has been very instrumental on tutoring tea growers
and came all the way from England.
This hat just because!
Isn't that clever?
Then the red head below is Jane Pettigrew, also from England.
She was there promoting her gorgeous tea book.

Above is James Norwood Pratt and his wife Valerie.
Norwood is quite the debonair spokesman for the world of tea
and has written some wonderful tea books.
I always love getting my annual hug from Norwood.
This year I got two hugs since he was also at the TeaFestPDX here in Portland.
Blurry picture, but it gives you an idea of the festival floor in one direction.
It was as full if I had turned the other direction too.
For me, I was there sharing our WuWo Tea Ceremony with attendees.
The day was perfect for sharing tea outdoors.
It was a pure delight.
I was happy to be a part of this special day.
If you want to travel to tea festivals this is a good one
and next year will be the last weekend in September.