Notes and books

Tuesday attached to my pay stub was this letter. It is very kind of the company CEO to write this for all his employees. Being informed of the new addition to the tea wall.
After reading the letter I decided to get a small book to keep with me. In it I am recording notes such as reviews, list of tea to buy, health benefits of herbs, etc. Saturday I am heading over to Tao Tea Leaf for his spring tea tasting. The book will come with me so I can keep tasting notes in order to decide what I am going to purchase.
In addition a few weeks ago I purchased “The Ancient Art of Tea” by Warren Peltier. It compares many classics addressing customs, water, method of heating it etc. Everything right down to company you enjoy a cup with. I am almost done the book and already from the just the first few pages I want to boil my water in a stone kettle the old way. All I have to say is “Wu Wei”.

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea was first created as a social gathering for Ladies of the English court. Now it is almost non existent except as a kind of performance for those who attend. Mothers take their children for their birthdays and are loud, all to slowly teach them manners.
Around when I was 8-10ish area there was a small afternoon tea house down a side street. I remember my mom being very strict on noise level (the shop was always full of older women, we had to make her look good 😀 )and follow some rules for the table.

Rule 1: No eating with your mouth open (although my brother and I were taught not to do this at all since we could understand what “No” and “Don’t do that” meant).
Rule2: No elbows on the table ( we were still little so we got away with it a few times)
Rule 3: Try everything at least once ( I was very picky as a child, I refused to have cucumber and cream cheese wedges till present day. Though I absolutely loved smoked salmon and cream cheese. Odd isn’t it?)
Rule 4: If something was too far from reach, ask someone closer to get it for you. (Clotted cream was in the dead center every time, I was quite small for my age and could not reach it)
Rule 5: Always say thank you to the server. ( The owner was lovely, always making fresh scones throughout the day)
Rule 6: If mom took you to the shop when you are “sick” or after a appointment of some kind, don’t interrupt mom while she is talking to the owner (or anyone else)
Rule 7: Napkin on your lap as soon as you sit down.
Rule 8: Don’t play with your food ( I think by going here my brother and I finally took this to heart)
Rule 9: Don’t talk about inappropriate things at the table (remember age here~)
Rule 10: Always ask to be excused when leaving the table.

That little tea shop is long gone, sadly. Though a new one has popped up, Lauriam Tea House. For Mother’s Day I am hoping to take my Mom and possibly my Oma for their Afternoon Tea. I am excited to be able to recall the last outing with my Grandmother all those years ago before she passed away. It is certainly a main reason for me adoring tea so much.