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I wasn’t planning on trying this one today but had need for it. As I was taking my used tea leaves and watermelon rinds out to the compost I heard rumbling in our garbage can. Now I had spotted a groundhog in this morning in our backyard and poking around the garage. It seemed unlikely that such a large bodied small legged creature could find its way into a garbage can still upright, but I knew it was also unlikely it could find its way out.

But what I found when I peered into the bin was a small raccoon. I backed up and told him it was okay to come out, he didn’t. I walked around to the driveway and tilted the can over away from me, still he didn’t come out, I walked round the fence and saw he was stuck in the top corner of the bin so I again walked around carefully and reoriented the can. He was slow getting out and once he emerged I thought he was injured he dragged his body with his front legs and layed down under the front of my car and there he stayed while I called animal control and got voicemail.

We watched each other and I talked to him. He refused a dish of water and watermelon rind (I was careful not to get close). Luckily my sister and brother-in-law were five minutes away when I called them. Brian accessed the situation cautiously, moved around things in the garage, giving the raccoon a chance to bolt, he nudged him with a mop, he was breathing but didn’t move. He had me moved my car, told me to take everyone inside, my sister started crying. The raccoon took its last breaths and Brian scooped him up in a snow shovel and took him behind the garage. He suspects a local raccoon disease as there were no obvious wounds, but who knows.

My sister was still shaken up and I offered everyone tea. I was out of Chocolate Chamomile Curiosity Brew and knew lavender wouldn’t go over well, this seemed to fit the bill. We all found it very soothing and tasty. I think I prefer the Temple Green a bit, but the coriander and cardamon are very well behaved and the creamy green base comes through wonderfully well. Will have to try this iced. Sorry if that was depressing, but I needed to vent.

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Kittenna

Oh, that’s horrible :( I can see why you needed something relaxing. Even when I don’t much care for a certain animal, I still feel for them when they’re in pain. :( Hard to take.

Hesper June

Oh,Boy!
What a day for you!
I am so glad that you gave him kindness in his last moments.
Very thankful you had this comforting tea for everyone too.

JacquelineM

What a traumatic experience. I’m sorry :(

TeaEqualsBliss

Poor lil bugger! I totally agree with Hesper June…he/she was lucky to be in the presence of a nice, compassionate being in his last moments! HUGS!

Autumn Hearth

thanks all, not traumatized, I was glad to be there, better than finding it rotting in the trash. I know raccoons can be vicious but it reminded me so much of a cat, on the thinner side and obviously rendered docile. Husband buried it when he got home and placed a stone over it. Got to have a nice talk with my three year old about life and death. Only unpleasant part was the eagerness of flies, flies I do not like.

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Kittenna

Oh, that’s horrible :( I can see why you needed something relaxing. Even when I don’t much care for a certain animal, I still feel for them when they’re in pain. :( Hard to take.

Hesper June

Oh,Boy!
What a day for you!
I am so glad that you gave him kindness in his last moments.
Very thankful you had this comforting tea for everyone too.

JacquelineM

What a traumatic experience. I’m sorry :(

TeaEqualsBliss

Poor lil bugger! I totally agree with Hesper June…he/she was lucky to be in the presence of a nice, compassionate being in his last moments! HUGS!

Autumn Hearth

thanks all, not traumatized, I was glad to be there, better than finding it rotting in the trash. I know raccoons can be vicious but it reminded me so much of a cat, on the thinner side and obviously rendered docile. Husband buried it when he got home and placed a stone over it. Got to have a nice talk with my three year old about life and death. Only unpleasant part was the eagerness of flies, flies I do not like.

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Druid, artist, poet, mum, lover of tea, ritual and myth. I grew up on Celestial Seasons herbals but fell in love with straight loose leaf tea working at my local Teavana for a year. I am grateful for the introduction and the experience, but have moved on.

I see tea as an experience for the senses, I like to imagine tasting the land and the weather as well as the effect of sun, air, fire and the human hand. I have a soft spot for shu pu’er, yabao, scented oolongs, wuyi oolongs, taiwanese tea as well as smooth naturally sweet blacks, creamy greens and surprisingly complex whites.

I began ordering lots of samples from Upton to educate myself on different varieties of tea we didn’t have at work and have fallen head over heels for the unique offerings from Verdant Tea. I am learning things I like: buttery mouthfeel, surprising sweet or spice notes, woodiness, mineral notes, depth and complexity and things I don’t: astringency, dry and sour notes.

I collect tea tins and am in danger of collecting pots, though I am trying to restrain the urge due to current lack of space. I brew mostly in a glass infuser mug or a tea maker, only using cast-iron for company now (still need to get a gaiwan) and tend not to sweeten my teas unless they are British or fruity and iced, which is not often.

As far as ratings, I lack a definite system and haven’t been assigning numbers lately, wanting to spend multiple sessions with a tea first. I usually only log a tea once, unless it is a new harvest or I have significantly different observations, but will go back and edit or comment if I find something interesting or new.

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