Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Rummaging through kitchen cabinets in search of the tea travel buddy I brought home over a year ago …. for Robbie to take on the dive boats.
From the back corner this cup emerged. A gift from a colleague at Printronix. In 1986, I had just returned from Singapore (the first of a 5 year assignment) .. Long story short, I was talking about my trip with one of our software engineers, next day she brought in this cup-with built in strainer. It has remained unused all this time. So Xmas day will be its debut, thinking of friends around this small world of ours.
喝茶 hē chá Drink Tea
Thursday, December 24, 2009
From the mid 1850’s to 1947 … The time of the British Raj in India. A great many words and expressions have found their way from Indian culture into the every day lexicon of modern Britain.
What brought this about is one of the cups I have in my office: Good old Camp Coffee, A Truly unique product of Scotland.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I’m guessing this batch of goodies from Da Xia will round out this year (in tea terms) Kevin, my US-China mule, returned with multiple pounds of Jasmine (Robbie’s favorite)
And this note from; Da Xia, thanking Robin and I for sending her a gift.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Xie Xie Ni Jeff returning from Taiwan .. with a gift of: Ali Shan High Mountain Oolong Tea. Saturday we had a party with; Sean's fiancée, her family and long time time friends; Linda, Kerry and Katelyn Shimizu, and Robbie’s dive buddy Ruth. Twelve of us, good size group for a, very rainy day, get together. (See Facebook for pics)
So on Sunday morning I entered our tea room and saw the aftermath of; 4 hrs of tea and tall tales, I immediately felt sympathy for our downstairs Maid, who had to clean this up.
Wait!! its Sunday the maid’s day off .. and I have to put things to right … Five pots, 4 Yixing and one glass pot, endless cups and fun times were had by all. For the record, these are the main teas we drank throughout the day:
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Da and her brother in the family tea shop
Da Xia and Kevin, now we know why my nick name for her is: Xiao Da Xia.
I have to share Kevin’s note to me: …
Here's some pictures of my visit. She was very exited to get your gift. She's really sweet. She wrote you a note I'll give you when I get back.