Early this morning, as I laid in bed mentally preparing for the day, I was reminded of a special moment I spent walking along a spectacular river in Pinglin, Taiwan.......
A journey filled with the intoxicating fragrance of blooming gardenias.........
A paradise surrounded by tea.
Yes, it was a sign today was going to be a good day!
Hello Tea Friends,
It's amazing how life can change in an instant. It's during these times we have to ask ourselves how do we move forward? How do we deal with the challenges? How do we find the positive aspect in situations which seem to yield such difficulty? There are no easy answers, but the truth is we can decide to make changes which lead us on the road to living a life of peace, regardless of what we're facing.
Blogging is something I really enjoy doing, but after some soul searching, I realized it has become a difficult task. I have allowed myself to fall into a pattern of feeding too much in the preparation of my posts, instead of focusing on the intimate joy I desire to share with you. It's kind of like the life lesson of giving so much of yourself to the point where you lose the very essence of who you are. It's time to turn the tables......
As of today, I have made a decisions to change the way I blog about my love of "everything tea". I will no longer spend excessive time preparing blog posts, feeling the pressure of reviewing products and worrying about keeping a posting schedule. There will be no "tea" rhyme or reason to the posts I share with you. They will flow from the heart as tea flows from a teapot.
Let the new tea journey begin.............
Another group of tea pets are on the loose.............
Aren't these tea pets fantastic? Thank you Crimson Lotus Tea for giving a few of your tea pets a new home!
Time to take my tea pets out for a little summer air............
Speckled Pig - Just pour tea on her and she will squirt it right back at you.
Piggy - Does any one know the meaning of the Mandarin symbol?
Blue Eyed Frog - Made in Peru out of marble stone.
Frog On Rock
Snail Beauty - Handmade by Jo Ani Johnson/A Gift of Tea
Lu Yu - Known as a tea saint and author of the first famous tea book "The Classic of Tea". The combination of clay and crackleware ceramics is stunning!
Some of you may be saying "What's the deal with tea pets?" Let's just say it's just one more accessory a die-hard tea lover needs to have, especially if they enjoy drinking tea Gong Fu style.
Tea pets are generally handmade out of unglazed Yixing clay from China. They can symbolize many things like good health, happiness, wisdom, etc. Raising a tea pet is similar to caring for Yixing clay teapots. Leftover tea is pour over the pet and a tea brush is sometimes used to help the clay absorb the tea evenly. Over an extended period of time, the tea pet will absorb the tea and its appearance will become glossier and pick up the aroma of the tea it has been seasoned with.
I will admit not all of my tea pets are made of clay, but when it comes to tea, I like to "mix up the teapot" a little. Purchase what inspires you and take your pets along for the tea journey!
It's unfortunate I don't get the time to read as much as I would like to, but it hasn't stopped me from collecting tea books to add to my growing tea library. Check out the recent additions to my collection:
Tiny Book of Tea & Treats by Phyllis Hoffman Depiano
This adorable book is filled with beautiful photos and several scrumptious recipes which I look forward to making - Creole Shrimp Bruschetta, Chocolate - Strawberry Brownies and much more...........
Afternoon Tea by Tea Time Magazine
The cover of this book had me at hello..........As you can see, I haven't even taken the book out of the wrapper yet, but I know when I do, I will be swept away into an exquisite teatime experience. Books written by Tea Time Magazine never disappoint.
Green Tea by Hugo Americi, Jasmin Desharnais, Francois Marchand & Kevin Gascoyne
This looks like a great book to cuddle up with in a comfortable chair with a cup of Dragonwell green tea. I just recently had the pleasure of assisting Kevin Gascoyne in a class he taught at WTE. If this book is anything like Kevin's style of teaching, I'm definitely in for a treat.
Steeped by Annelies Zijderveld
The photos in this book are amazing! Love the vibrant metallic cover. I'm looking forward to making the Earl Grey Yogurt Parfaits and Masala Chai Applesauce.
Drink the Tea by Vivian Caethe
This is a fabulous educational journal with beautiful tea photos. This would be a great tool to take on a tea journey.
Time for Tea by Michele Rivers
I'm so looking forward to reading this book about 13 English women who share their thoughts about tea. Single, married, divorce, student, etc........women from all walks of life.
The Time of Tea by Dominique T. Pasqualini
This two volume set comes with an educational volume and photo volume. The educational volume provides you with a very intense history of tea. Every aspect of tea is cover in great depth. When you look through the photo packed volume, you get a strong sense of the author's deep passion for the tea experience.
Put The Kettle On The Irish Love Affair With Tea by Juanita Browne
I can't wait to sit down and read this book. The author Juanita investigates tea habits of tea addicts, teabag haters, tea connoisseurs, teapot collector and much more.....
A Social History of Tea by Jane Pettigrew & Bruce Richardson
I have the original version of this book written by Jane Pettigrew, but this new edition has been updated with recent tea history.
Darjeeling by Jeff Koehler
This book contains a deep history of the champagne of tea "Darjeeling". I think it would only be appropriate to read this book with a cup of deep amber nectar. Yes, it's time to pull out Mariage Feres "Princeton" for this reading occasion.
Modern Tea by Lisa Boalt Richardson
I have all of Lisa's books in my tea library, so I was very excited to purchase her latest at a MATBA event, where she had a special book signing. Modern Tea is packed with information about every aspect of tea. A must have for every tea lover!
The Darjeeling Distinction by Sarah Besky
This is a serious book about labor and justice on fair-trade tea plantations in India. This would be an excellent book to use in a class study.
Book of Tea by Annie Perrier- Robert
The minute you open this book you're drawn in by the beautiful photos and the whimsical way the book is laid out. Books like this have a way of reminding me just how much I love the art of tea.
I look forward to getting some serious reading done this summer. I would love to hear what tea books you're reading or have purchased recently.