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Thank you Angel and Teavivre for this delicious Sample!

This morning I was relieved to find that the wind had scooped out the low fog-like smoke from the ground and I could breathe easier. I really wanted some tea in a big way! I felt so sick last night, nauseated from inhaling the dense soupy smoke out by my daughters house that ended up dropping down on my place 10 miles from her less than a half hour later.

I steeped these gorgeous Bronze Onyx Tea Pearls Western Style in a glass pot so that I could watch them unfurl. I wanted several cups of tea to cleanse my body from the soot I had inhaled last night from the Larimer County Fire.

This was THE perfect tea choice for this morning!

I had no idea that these little pearls would produce the most delightfully cocoa nib flavored tea of any tea I’ve ever had.
Other tea’s I’ve enjoyed had cocoa or chocolate flavor coupled with malt, yam, cinnamon. But this, was pure cocoa. Try as I would, I didn’t find malt, yam, potato or any distractor lurking in the shadows waiting to sneak out of hiding with an “aha, gotcha”.

I have a treasured little French Bakery as big as a shoebox in Oldtown Fort Collins. The sign outside the shop says ‘Only One Person at a Time Enter Please’ posted there because the shop is so small. Inside there is a glass case lined with pastries that are works of art. Buttery beauties and sugered sweeties. Best of all are the Macarons. Ohhhh the Chocolate Macarons (French spelling)…so light they would float on air. My Black Dragon Pearl Tea was like the Chocolate Macarons. So very Parisian. Smooth, light and cocoalicious.

I’ll buy some of this tea…it is really the best black cocoa tasting tea I’ve had. Now I have 2 Verdant favorite Black Tea’s and 2 Teavivre’s.

The Today Show was on while I was enjoying my cup and was showing the Larimer County Fire…right here. I saw a helicopter picking up some water. Hum, it looked like the little lake about 3 miles from my house.
I picked up my camera and walked to the end of the complex and was shocked to see the fire was right up my hill from me behind Horsetooth Reservoir. Yikes! My daughter called me and we set up a plan in case I have to get out of here. I walked to the end of the complex and took a picture.

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Azzrian

Be SAFE! Don’t try staying too long if they say to get out!
On another note – those lawns are VERY well manicured! :)

Bonnie

Glad I don’t have to do yardwork!Or plow snow or maintain the pool or anything! My association includes water and security and garbage too…all building maint, wiring, paint etc. $125 a month so not bad. Yes I was going to go look down the street again. I hear the planes.

Joshua Smith

I hope you’re okay! Hopefully the wind blows away from your town.

Bonnie

Unfortunately, it’s right behind my house…praying the wind does not shift but it’s supposed to bringing the whole thing downhill. But, that is man’s opinion…the wind does what the wind wants to do.

Joshua Smith

Ain’t that the truth. Weather prediction is hard, and accuracy is just too computationally intensive to be commonplace. Regardless, I’m keeping you in my thoughts.

Jim Marks

Sadly, Liz’s aunt and uncle had to evacuate (in a real hurry) and near as anyone can tell, they’ve lost everything that didn’t fit into the two pick-ups.

Bonnie

Oh no! Lord have Mercy! Do they need help?

Jim Marks

Family is engaged. Liz and I live closer than anyone else, but she leaves for Tokyo on Friday morning. I am waiting for word from mom-in-law that I should mobilize. They do have alternative housing as a short term solution, I think the real issue will be whether or not insurance coverage will allow them to re-build, or what.

I was touring NM and CO this time last year and it was horrible to see how much smoke was blowing over from AZ. We were at the top of Sandia Peak in Albuquerque and you’re supposed to be able to see all the way to AZ from up there and we couldn’t even see downtown Albuquerque. At another point, we were more or less racing the fires in southern CO trying to make an end run around them so we could get home.

Y’all need to move out of the desert and get near some water!

Bonnie

The smoke is low this morning woke me up at 5am sick! Went outside and couldn’t see the hills at all behind my house. The pictures on the Today Show etc of the copters picking up water is behind my place so I think your family must have had a home up by Horsetooth.

Bonnie

Lightning and people start fires too. We had fires in the hills around Silicon Valley that were huge and in the Sierras. At least where I live, no tornados! (Too close to the mountain!) The only safe place though is heaven!

TeaBrat

Sorry to hear that, Jim. I hope they are ok.

Bonnie

If you need to come here and need a place to stay let me know! Reader John Timby is a great friend and lives close by. I’ve known him 18years and a good contact (St.Lukes Erie)
You are welcome to my home. I can stay at my daughter’s house.

Jim Marks

New England is close enough to heaven for this yankee boy. No wild fires, no tornados, no hurricanes, no earthquakes, no fire ants, no kudzu, no heat waves, no 10 year droughts… of course we do get nor’easters and blizzards. Oh well.

Bonnie

I really do love it here in Northern Colorado! Not humid or crowded, not a desert, sunny beautiful ….some lightning struck and pow! Fire! (Natural but it’s been extra dry!)

Jim Marks

Unfortunately, the extra dry is going to just keep getting worse. As humid as it is in Houston, we even had a wild fire scare last Summer because of the exceptional drought conditions.

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Azzrian

Be SAFE! Don’t try staying too long if they say to get out!
On another note – those lawns are VERY well manicured! :)

Bonnie

Glad I don’t have to do yardwork!Or plow snow or maintain the pool or anything! My association includes water and security and garbage too…all building maint, wiring, paint etc. $125 a month so not bad. Yes I was going to go look down the street again. I hear the planes.

Joshua Smith

I hope you’re okay! Hopefully the wind blows away from your town.

Bonnie

Unfortunately, it’s right behind my house…praying the wind does not shift but it’s supposed to bringing the whole thing downhill. But, that is man’s opinion…the wind does what the wind wants to do.

Joshua Smith

Ain’t that the truth. Weather prediction is hard, and accuracy is just too computationally intensive to be commonplace. Regardless, I’m keeping you in my thoughts.

Jim Marks

Sadly, Liz’s aunt and uncle had to evacuate (in a real hurry) and near as anyone can tell, they’ve lost everything that didn’t fit into the two pick-ups.

Bonnie

Oh no! Lord have Mercy! Do they need help?

Jim Marks

Family is engaged. Liz and I live closer than anyone else, but she leaves for Tokyo on Friday morning. I am waiting for word from mom-in-law that I should mobilize. They do have alternative housing as a short term solution, I think the real issue will be whether or not insurance coverage will allow them to re-build, or what.

I was touring NM and CO this time last year and it was horrible to see how much smoke was blowing over from AZ. We were at the top of Sandia Peak in Albuquerque and you’re supposed to be able to see all the way to AZ from up there and we couldn’t even see downtown Albuquerque. At another point, we were more or less racing the fires in southern CO trying to make an end run around them so we could get home.

Y’all need to move out of the desert and get near some water!

Bonnie

The smoke is low this morning woke me up at 5am sick! Went outside and couldn’t see the hills at all behind my house. The pictures on the Today Show etc of the copters picking up water is behind my place so I think your family must have had a home up by Horsetooth.

Bonnie

Lightning and people start fires too. We had fires in the hills around Silicon Valley that were huge and in the Sierras. At least where I live, no tornados! (Too close to the mountain!) The only safe place though is heaven!

TeaBrat

Sorry to hear that, Jim. I hope they are ok.

Bonnie

If you need to come here and need a place to stay let me know! Reader John Timby is a great friend and lives close by. I’ve known him 18years and a good contact (St.Lukes Erie)
You are welcome to my home. I can stay at my daughter’s house.

Jim Marks

New England is close enough to heaven for this yankee boy. No wild fires, no tornados, no hurricanes, no earthquakes, no fire ants, no kudzu, no heat waves, no 10 year droughts… of course we do get nor’easters and blizzards. Oh well.

Bonnie

I really do love it here in Northern Colorado! Not humid or crowded, not a desert, sunny beautiful ….some lightning struck and pow! Fire! (Natural but it’s been extra dry!)

Jim Marks

Unfortunately, the extra dry is going to just keep getting worse. As humid as it is in Houston, we even had a wild fire scare last Summer because of the exceptional drought conditions.

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There are several tea houses close to my home and a Tea Festival in Boulder. Fort Collins is a bit of a foodie town. We brew lots of Beer (Fat Tire is one brand) and have several Spice Shops (Savory was one featured on Food Network).
Colorado State University is a mile from my home and the Rocky Mountains begin to climb at the end of my street. The climate is semi-arid with LOTS OF SUN AT 5000 feet. (Heavy Winter snows start in higher elevations). Living my whole life in Northern California (Silicon Valley) I have to admit that I LOVE IT HERE!!!
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