drank Spiced Fall Evenings by Cuppa Geek
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I just ordered my Cuppa Geek Advent Calendar! It is only my second ever advent calendar, the first one having been a David’s Tea one that was a gift from my daughter a few years ago.

We had two days that really felt like fall and we enjoyed using the fireplace. Now we are back to needing a shower every time we walk the dog. This evening has been fairly cool, though, and I decided to sit outside with a throw over my lap and rock.

Beside me is a beautiful white pigeon that my husband found in the road yesterday. It think it ran into a car. One eye is squinched but looking better and the wing on that side droops. It seems pretty happy, though, and is eating and drinking as it recovers. We hope to release it within the week.

Also in our little backyard are rabbits – not the usual Eastern Cottontails but some European domestic rabbits that escaped quite a while ago from a neighbor who was trying to raise them but gave up after several cat attacks. My backyard is full of pines and dogwoods so hawks can’t swoop here and cats don’t really come because I have a dog.

A black rabbit with a white heart shape on its right shoulder lives here pretty much full time, and was joined by a white rabbit with black spots. The white rabbit let me pick him up today. The others will take food from us but don’t like to be petted or held. They have been hanging around since spring and all the neighbors help look after them. Organic spring mix, apples, timothy hay, rabbit yogurt drops, carrots, strawberry tops…all kinds of goodies. There are frantic texts when someone doesn’t see “their” rabbit for a day or two. (We lost Bun Jovi to a cat attack six weeks ago. He is buried with dignity and a headstone of sorts across the street.)

With this menagerie about, I carried out my tea and two vanilla cream Speculoos sandwich cookies. May I say this was a WINNING combination? Because this was a WINNING combination.

I bit the lightly spiced cookie and then took a sip of tea – pure heaven. At first, I mainly tasted cardamom and cinnamon but the ginger warmth grows very pleasantly as you sip and sip.

I had to go for a third steep and it is really nice. Plenty of flavor remains. I will be sad to see this go and may have to re-order. I used to drink tea at night instead of tisanes, but I am really enjoying these caffeine free relaxing options. I look forward to them, instead of “settle” for them so I can sleep.

Courtney

Yay for the advent calendar and I love the sound of your backyard with all these beautiful animals! ❤

Cameron B.

Time for a backyard Steepster tea party! ❤

VariaTEA

I did a bad thing and read your first sentence and then also bought the CuppaGeek advent. I now have 3 full advents, a DIY advent kit, and 2 12 days of Christmases coming. Worst part? I don’t actually celebrate Christmas :O

Martin Bednář

Another Advent curious person. Oh well, I should get some; though cheap one. I have Sonnentor from last year, but it’s same as I had, so not really looking forward to do it again. Though teas were nice. But which one?

The tea and your backyard crew seems like a good time to spend with.

White Antlers

Oh, this is so refreshing to read! I would love to be a rabbit or even a squirrel in your back yard, ashmanra! Heck, a mouse who would sup on speculoos crumbs would suit me, too. : )

Sil

i did a thing too because VariaTEA made me..but now i see it all comes back to you! haha

ashmanra

Variatea: I think you did a GOOD thing! Ha ha! I am pretty excited to get the advent calendar. I know I could never keep up with three!

Sil: I am so glad you got one, too! It will be fun to be joining in with reviewing these day by day this year!

White Antlers: we actually have the occasional cotton rat! They are rather cute and not really rats, but nice little guys who run along our hedge and hide in the woodpile.

Martin: it has been so hot, my backyard crew included the box turtles today! They should be hibernating!

Cameron and Courtney: we could totally do it! My husband made a patio a couple of months ago and we have three tables! We could social distance outdoors! The first day it was finished I had my neighbor over for tea and cookies! How I miss tea party days!

derk

Ordered the calendar for my housemate. I’ll be making those teas for her every day, so I might try to sneak a sip of each before handing over ;)

ashmanra

derk – That sounds awesome! ha ha! Lucky housemate!

Dustin

Yay for bird rescue!
LOL @ Bun Jovi’s name, RIP little rabbit.
There has to be a Matrix “follow the white rabbit” pun in here somewhere, but it’s not coming to me.

ashmanra

Dustin – Bun Jovi was the cutest little emo guy! He was black and had a tuft of hair between his ears that stuck up wildly. Very metal. He was supposedly a lionhead but one of the others looks much more like a real lionhead so he may have been a mix. I miss him!

Dustin

That sounds adorable and like he should have had his own instagram account!

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Courtney

Yay for the advent calendar and I love the sound of your backyard with all these beautiful animals! ❤

Cameron B.

Time for a backyard Steepster tea party! ❤

VariaTEA

I did a bad thing and read your first sentence and then also bought the CuppaGeek advent. I now have 3 full advents, a DIY advent kit, and 2 12 days of Christmases coming. Worst part? I don’t actually celebrate Christmas :O

Martin Bednář

Another Advent curious person. Oh well, I should get some; though cheap one. I have Sonnentor from last year, but it’s same as I had, so not really looking forward to do it again. Though teas were nice. But which one?

The tea and your backyard crew seems like a good time to spend with.

White Antlers

Oh, this is so refreshing to read! I would love to be a rabbit or even a squirrel in your back yard, ashmanra! Heck, a mouse who would sup on speculoos crumbs would suit me, too. : )

Sil

i did a thing too because VariaTEA made me..but now i see it all comes back to you! haha

ashmanra

Variatea: I think you did a GOOD thing! Ha ha! I am pretty excited to get the advent calendar. I know I could never keep up with three!

Sil: I am so glad you got one, too! It will be fun to be joining in with reviewing these day by day this year!

White Antlers: we actually have the occasional cotton rat! They are rather cute and not really rats, but nice little guys who run along our hedge and hide in the woodpile.

Martin: it has been so hot, my backyard crew included the box turtles today! They should be hibernating!

Cameron and Courtney: we could totally do it! My husband made a patio a couple of months ago and we have three tables! We could social distance outdoors! The first day it was finished I had my neighbor over for tea and cookies! How I miss tea party days!

derk

Ordered the calendar for my housemate. I’ll be making those teas for her every day, so I might try to sneak a sip of each before handing over ;)

ashmanra

derk – That sounds awesome! ha ha! Lucky housemate!

Dustin

Yay for bird rescue!
LOL @ Bun Jovi’s name, RIP little rabbit.
There has to be a Matrix “follow the white rabbit” pun in here somewhere, but it’s not coming to me.

ashmanra

Dustin – Bun Jovi was the cutest little emo guy! He was black and had a tuft of hair between his ears that stuck up wildly. Very metal. He was supposedly a lionhead but one of the others looks much more like a real lionhead so he may have been a mix. I miss him!

Dustin

That sounds adorable and like he should have had his own instagram account!

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I am a music teacher, tutor, and former homeschool mom (25 years!) who started drinking loose leaf tea about ten years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

I am also reviewing for Sororitea Sisters now!

My avatar is a mole in a teacup! Long story…

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