Last Taste of Summer

Fall is in the air, coming in on a cool breeze under a cliched blue sky with light puffs of clouds. So, this afternoon we hung up our hammock. The end of summer may not seem like the typical time for such an activity, yet it was the allure of the cooler weather that made …

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Time Travel and a Garden Party

Time travel is possible, or at least the feeling of time travel.This weekend I went to the Virginia Scottish Games. If you have never been to a Scottish Games, make the effort. Lots of men in kilts throwing heavy objects, an abundance of deep-fried anything, endless variations of meat and pastry, Celtic kitsch, and some …

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Harvest Season

Typically, we think of harvest time being closer to Halloween or Thanksgiving. Harvest festivals have sprung up as alternatives to Halloween celebrations, and Thanksgiving celebrates the bounties of the harvest. Yet, the harvest season actually begins a bit earlier. A Celtic holiday, Lughnasadh (Lu-na-sa), celebrates the beginning of the harvest on August 1st. We may …

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The Science of Ceylon

Ceylon teas are normally categorized by the elevation they are grown at. They can also be categorized by the growing region or the estate, if it is a single-estate tea. The elevation is the critical factor in distinguishing between different Ceylon teas. It is all due to how the elevation affects the final outcome of …

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Bottled Tea and Health

Tea is good for you, right? As a matter of fact there are numerous studies out there that have shown that it probably is. But (with apologies to George Orwell) it wouldn't be too far off the mark to suggest that when it comes to health benefits, some of the teas are more equal than …

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The Joys of White Teapots

Did you know that in ancient times white in dreams was symbolic of happiness in the home? In today's culture we often consider white as a symbol of purity.  For the homemaker, white is an indispensable tool for creating beautiful tablescapes and I don't think you can go wrong with a white teapot in your …

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Variety Is the Spice of the “Tea Life”

The whole point of living the “tea life” it to escape the doldrums of a daily beverage routine with a variety of teas. Like the spices that enliven the taste of our favorite dishes, these teas enliven our meals, our mid-afternoon break from the day’s toils, and that special time before we head off to …

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Review — Golden Moon Vanilla Mint

Name: Vanilla Mint Brand: Golden Moon Type: Blend of green and black teas, flavored Form: Loose leaf Review: I confess that this tea had me at first sniff. The blend of crisp mint and rich vanilla reminded me of the “Mint Meltaway” candies of my youth. I couldn’t wait for the tea to infuse. I …

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Tea Bags: Evolution and More

Once upon a time there was tea. If you wanted to make a cup of tea or a pot of tea you steeped the loose leaves in water and that was it. And so it went for many thousands of years. And while it seems likely that during those thousands of years someone came up …

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Black Tea vs. Green Tea

All tea is not created equal. If you've been drinking tea for even a short time you've probably already figured this one out. Now far be it from me to suggest that health should be the primary consideration when trying to decide what tea to drink. While tea has been shown to have a potentially …

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