Sunday, July 22, 2012
Ouber hot days requires extra care to be taken when using; glues/paints/caulk etc. .. so plan ahead, work in the coolest times of the day.
The Shed Door all clamped up, this completes the main structure on to hanging and finishing.As this is an exterior door I used; Loctite PLPremium adhesive with biscuit Joinery to secure the main structure.Sunday, early afternoon …. Now complete all is right with the worldOpen for business
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
When the doors to the bathroom, and two presses are in the tea room, you may be in a pickle.As the Re-Modeling and Re-Decorating Fairy descends all “manor” or things happen. We are in the final stretch of finishing a: two bathroom, kitchen, dining room, living room and hallways remodel, so the clutter will soon be replaced by the “Tea-Room Zen” ambiance.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Taiwan to hold world oolong tea contest in December
Staff writer, with CNA
A group of Taiwanese agricultural experts and tea professionals are ready to put the reputation of the nation’s oolong teas on the line by organizing a “World Oolong Tea Contest.”
The competition, scheduled for Dec. 25 to Dec. 28, will be open to anyone with a product made from Chin-Shin oolong tea leaves, Lin Chih-huang (林志煌), chief executive of the Taichung-based Taiwan Outstanding Agriculturists Association, said yesterday.
There are few restrictions on entry, Lin said, adding that applicants are only required to send 1kg of tea produced this year to the organizer.
“We welcome people from countries where Chin-Shin oolong is grown to join the contest. We also hope that many Taiwanese will sign up for the competition, which is aimed at singling out the world’s best of the best oolong tea,” association secretary-general Huang Ta-tsung (黃達聰) said.
Huang said the group hoped publicity from the competition would help expand the market for oolong tea and promote Taiwan’s high-quality oolong tea in international markets.
Association chairman Liao Lung-sheng (廖龍盛) said Taiwan has produced about 20,000 tonnes of tea in the past few years, including about 16,000 tonnes of the oolong variety.
However, Taiwanese tea farmers are coming under growing pressure from competitors in neighboring countries, such as China and Vietnam, Liao said.
In 2010, Taiwan imported more than 30,000 tonnes of tea, more than 80 percent of which came from China and Vietnam.
“Taiwan needs to make more of an effort to promote its world-renowned oolong tea,” he said.
“The enthusiasm of Taiwan’s tea farmers in developing planting and tea-making techniques is the key to making Taiwanese tea one of the world’s best,” he said.
Liao described Chin-Shin oolong, the variety used to produce most of the world’s premium oolong tea, as a delicate tea plant species that grows best in high-altitude mountainous areas covered by moist fog — conditions that are found in Taiwan.
Registration for the tea contest will be open until Nov. 30.