Saturday Morning Tea

This past week has been sooooo cold here in New England and it’s not even officially winter yet. Yesterday morning brought single digits temps to our area. Brrr… 10 more days til Winter Solstice and the longest night of the year. I’ve often thought about how our early ancestors must have felt, experiencing the growing darkness and not knowing that it would eventually recede and the lighter days would come back again. No wonder there was much celebration at this time of year, honoring the Return of the Sun.

Ok, on to tea. My morning tea is an Oolong from China, appropriately called Eastern Beauty with its gorgeous full leaf and amazing honeyed aroma.

Back in August, I dedicated the whole month to Oolong, or Wulong, teas. You can start reading about this wonderful type of tea here.

I steeped the tea leaves for 4 minutes in 180 degree F water.

The intense honey aroma greeted me as I poured my first cup. Mmmm….

I love how the color of the liquor reflects the distinct aroma of this tea.

So warm and inviting.

The flavor is silky smooth with notes of honey and flowers and a hint of chestnut in the finish. At this gift buying time of year, a sample of this tea would make an exquisite gift for the Oolong lover on your list. I know that it’s going in a few of my stockings.

You’ve probably noticed the amazing art paper I’ve used as a background today. My dear friend, Amy, found it during her recent trip to Italy. Over dinner the other night, she told us how when they discovered the shop that her husband knew she would be in there for awhile. I’m honored with her beautiful gift. Thanks Amy!

I know that I’ve been sorely neglecting the “art” part of my blog these past months. During this busy time of year, it’s been so challenging to get any kind of time in my studio. What I have been up to though is gift making with my pointy sticks to bring warmth to heads, necks and hearts. My goal in the new year is to get back to my art and sharing it with all of you.

“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

9 comments on “Saturday Morning Tea

  1. livvy30 says:

    These are great shots and your description of the process puts me in a tea-making mood!

  2. Judy says:

    I love the colors of the tea leaves on Amy’s paper… beauti-ess. Look forward to more art too. In due time.

  3. Susan Hemann says:

    Beautiful paper! Love the snow falling. I plan on ordering this tea. I love honey and floral teas. May your holidays be filled with joy.

  4. artandtea says:

    Thanks Livvy for your kind words. Enjoy your tea!

    Anything would look wonderful on that gorgeous paper, Judy dear. Aren’t we so lucky to have received a piece of it? Yes, the art will come.

    Thanks Susan! And may yours be filled with joy as well.

  5. Bobbie says:

    Karen, I always enjoy reading your tea posts. So nice to hear your voice when I called in my tea order today. You description of the oolong tea sounds so good maybe next time I will include that in my order.

    Beautiful background paper. I love the snowflakes. The photos are beautiful!

  6. artandtea says:

    Thanks Bobbie! It was wonderful to talk to you yesterday!

  7. Steve says:

    Hi Karen,

    I just found your blog after seeing a Twitter post from your employer. Beautiful photography, and such descriptive, um, descriptions! 🙂

    I’ve been searching all over your past blogs, but cannot find any info on your glass teapot with the clear infuser. It makes for wonderful steeping photos, and I was curious where it was available?

    Thanks from a new subscriber,

  8. artandtea says:

    Thanks so much for visiting, Steve! I’ll e-mail you privately re: the glass teapot.

  9. Steve says:

    Thanks Karen!

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