Tuesday, July 04, 2017

China's new bullet sleeper train


4th. JULY …. TdF Stage 4


Stage 4:

206.5 km of business as usual .. Last 1km large field crash .. final 150 meters: CARNAGE !!!! Sagan disqualified.stage4pro1

Saturday, July 01, 2017

It’s TEA time with the Tour de France !!!

Saturday July 1st. 2017 …. 06:30am Southern Californian time.

Thé du jour: Pu-erh accompanied by “homemade” Spinach and Walnut muffins:tdfcover1tdfpro1

Chapeau à Mark returning to this year’s TdF. (post race update: Mark was off the pace today, 1:45 behind the winning time)mc1Campion de la scène un: Geraint Thomas .. maillot jaunegt2timesChapeau à  Team SKY .. Four riders in the top Ten

 Have Tools Will Travel knighttools

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Two Teas Please

Two extremely similar cakes .. one commissioned by a Local Huang Jiang tea impresario: Empereur Tea Co. Ltd. (on the left) .. 2012 Meng Cha Hang Hao and a 2003 from the same location but sister factory.2ts1 Information on back of cake2ts2 As can be seen a remarkable visual similarity 2ts3Both present similar fragrance, taste and after taste and I have a number of both cakes on hand. , … I therefore  have broken both cakes and combined/mixed them together.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Taking a Time-Out

“Papa it’s all in Chinese … I’ll just  look at the pictures.”reading     “I like this one, what is it called?”pot

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Jean gets a Pu-Erh tool

A new “Ornamental” sword for opening Tea Cakes:IMG_9472IMG_9473j1

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Jean is in the house

After Very Heavy winds yesterday (Friday) and through the small hours of Saturday morning, we awoke to; some broken tree limbs and piles of leaves. So after Jean and I finished yard duty we had a Tea & Domino party.cu3gjdt1gjdt2gjdt3gjdt4gjdt5

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Time to open some Shu Pu .. two cakes

With all of our extended family visiting we are consuming Pu-Er at a prodigious rate. Jean self promoted to “Tea Boss” took auntie under tutelage. First lesson: “Best not to use Pa Pa’s teabowl.

Both cakes from Menghai in Xishuanghanna, Yunnan province, China. The cake on the left was produced in 2002. The right 2008, we are starting to see changes in food safety markings and holographic security tags to secure outer wrappers.tpuer1tpuer2

Some files uploaded to YouTube


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sequoia National Forest

A family adventure with the Sequoias:IMG_9080 

Sean and Jean on the trail ….IMG_9031IMG_9010

On the road .. Jean, Heather, Jake, Sean .. Andrew and Robin up front.IMG_9088[1]