This morning I’m preparing to go away for the weekend to visit a dear friend who lives on Cape Cod. Or, as we say here, I’m going “down the Cape”. It’s a cloudy, misty early spring morning here with rain expected by tomorrow. All of the little greenies emerging from the soil will love being nourished by the raindrops. My friend and I will pour some tea and have a nice long chat while the rain falls softly outside.
Last night I heard my most favorite sound of spring – a peeper. Spring peepers are small chorus frogs commonly found in the East. Every spring they start sounding their mating call at night and it truly does turn into a chorus of sound. I find it very comforting to fall asleep to their song.
I’m sipping a Chinese green tea called Dao Ren Top Pekoe. The leaf is a Mao Feng style which I wrote about in last week’s tea post. It refers to the downy white hairs on the new growth plucked. The leaf is rolled and twisted during processing.
I steeped the leaf for 3 minutes in 180 degree F water.
The tea liquor is a pale straw, reminding me of a white tea. The aroma is soft and vegetal and the taste is smooth and delicate. I taste a hint of nuttiness in the flavor. This is a great tea for someone looking for a very smooth, light green tea without any astringency. The perfect tea for calming meditation on a misty morning.
I have met brave women who are exploring the
outer edges of human possibility, with no history to
guide them, and with a courage to make themselves
vulnerable that I find moving beyond words.
We heard some peepers last Friday night, and it was so lovely!
Your blog is so soothing.
Aren’t they great, Steph? It’s been cold at night here lately and they’ve been quiet. I’m finding that I really miss their song and am looking forward to the warmer temps so they will come back out and sing again.
Thanks so much, Autumn!