Saturday Morning Tea

A clear, bright day dawned today with the promise of warmer temps and a long walk on the bike path for this tea lover. Only a thin, wet layer of snow remains as the only trace of yesterday’s April Fool’s Day snowfall. I bet it’ll be all melted away by day’s end.

This morning’s tea is another selection from the Nepal Jun Chiyabari estate called Pine. Back in February, I reviewed their Pouchong Jade.

Whereas the Jade is a Pouchong tea, meaning a slightly oxidized green tea, this Pine is processed as a true green tea, meaning no oxidation of the leaf at all.

I steeped the beautiful spring green leaf for 3 minutes in 180 degree F water. The aroma arising from my glass teapot is light and vegetal.

The liquor is the color of morning sunshine. Its flavor is light and smooth with only a vegetal whisper. A sweetness lingers in my mouth with each sip from my teabowl.

With April’s arrival and, hopefully, some warmth here in New England, I’m beginning to think of teas that would be great iced and this is surely one of them!

Perhaps you’ve noticed that I’m now marking my photos with a copyright symbol. I think the reason that I’ve never done that before is because I didn’t want to take away from the photo’s appearance. However, I’ve lately discovered that a website is lifting my blog posts on a regular basis and will not stop even though I’ve sent them a letter asking them to do so. I also saw that someone lifted one of my photos to use as their Facebook avatar. In that case, if the person had asked me first, I probably would’ve said yes but they never asked. I find this all very discouraging and have even considered just giving up my blog and bowing away from having an internet presence altogether. However, what’s really stopped me from doing so is that I so enjoy sharing my love of tea with you all. And also my art, of course. So, I will move forward and not let these thieves stop me from doing something I love. Thanks for being there, my dear tea friends.

“April, the Angel of the Months.” ~Vita Sackville-West

Unless otherwise noted, all text and photos are the property of Art and Tea at, copyright 2007-2011.

8 comments on “Saturday Morning Tea

  1. says:

    Karen, I appreciate that you are not allowing others unthoughtful actions to stop you from sharing your experiences through written word and photography on the net. It is my opinion that you share positive, peaceful thoughts on here…thoughts that spark others to be more creative, and to slow down and pay more attention to the little things in life…even down to our taste buds. Though I would completely understand your choice to stop, as I can imagine that feels like such a personal violation…I am happy you choose to continue with sharing your thoughts here!

  2. Scott from Ohio says:

    I really enjoy your posts too Karen, I hope you continue blogging, because I…like many….look forward to your weekly reviews. I tend to drink my Shadowlands OP1 on Saturday & Sunday evenings, along with the British comedies aired here on PBS. It just tends to set the mood. So, here I come Shadowlands, even if only for a couple hours this evening. Cheers :)).

  3. Rebecca D says:

    I, too, hope you continue your posts, they are one of my weekend pleasures. I know this issue of creative theft is a nasty one, but I do so love your posts.

  4. artandtea says:

    Thank you all so much for your lovely thoughts and support!

  5. Judy Shea says:

    Karen.. how disappointing that someone thinks it’s ok to lift anything from anyone site.. without permission. I’m glad you are continuing. Your posts are so comforting.

  6. artandtea says:

    Thanks Judy, all of this supportive feedback is a comfort to me.

  7. I just found you!~
    Please don’t let the scoundrels win. We are outnumbered as it is.
    Your thoughts ,art and photos are a breath of fresh air, and truly center my mind.
    You are a virtual cup of warm tea for me.

  8. artandtea says:

    Thank you so much, Kathy, for your kind words! I’m glad you found me, too. 🙂

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