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Thank you Roughage for thie big Sample!

Intro:
There’s something really fine about a Gent from the U.K. with the
handle of Roughage on Steepster, sending me a Pu-erh don’t you think so? (Roughage-Pu-erh…get it?)
Especially when the Pu-erh smells like I stepped straight from the garden with a basket of fragrant flowers on my arm into the poo musty barn where the horses are being horsy and curious about what I’m there for.

Big Story Turn:
There was a year and a half before coming to Colorado where I was pretty penniless and transient. I had no real home. My marriage had become abusive, I was sick and I had to leave abruptly with what would fit in my car.
I stayed here and there mostly on charity until I had enough money to move away on my own. This is a humbling way to live.
One place I stayed was in the hills above Cupertino,CA in a converted garage (no heat/air/stove) on my friends property. (I am thankful)
All the houses around me were multi-million dollar mansions on large properties. Right next to the the house was a horse path that everyone used to access open space trails.
My favorite horse buddy was a miniature stallion who lived next door. He was proud. That little guy would come into the yard and kick a ball around and huff and puff at any other big horse that came too close. http://flic.kr/p/cxLJSY (When you read my notes about food, I lived with a microwave and a crockpot for over a year and ate very healthy and organic without a stove!)

Drinking this tea today reminded me of the horses and hay. The smell of flowers growing in a rough English garden outside my front door. The mist coming over the hill from the Pacific in the evening. The smell of roses growing next door in the neighbors vineyard. Keah the husky/wolf dog barked at the deer and coyotes to get away, get away from the house you critters. Keah would wisely allow all the wild turkeys access without a bark though. The property had a gate. I felt safer there.

Taste:
The Pu-erh was smoky flavored and salty. My cup never got bittersweet. I am under-educated about this type of Pu-erh. I wish I knew more. It looks like a Shu Nugget that would be dark and thick when steeped. Instead what happened was a clear light honey broth, sweet, smoky and not earthy in the way I’ve experienced very dark Pu-erhs. The earthiness is like a light clear chicken broth in texture and weight, a little salty and earthy like a shitake (faintly). (HELP!)

Loose Ends:
I’ve gone so many places in my mind with this tea. All over the place. From barns and flowers, escaping from harm and back to the present.
Why?
Not to forget where I’ve come from I suppose. It’s good to enjoy the distance from sorrow, and enjoy the place I am in now.
I am happy with the gift of this Pu-erh from the U.K. and all my new friends on Steepster! What a miracle you all are!

This Pu-erh is young but tastes Ancient.

I somehow feel like I could become wise if I drank enough of it.

Oh my. Wait until it ages I would be able to write a book!

(P.S. that’s me before I lost almost 60 pounds!) BRAG!

Ninavampi

I really do think you should write a book!!! I love your writing, and your incredible life seems to have many stories to tell. You could even include tea! :)

Scharp

So far, I’ve heard 2010 was a fine year for pu-erh. Raw (green) pu-erhs always last longer than the “ripened” ones. This tea seems very peaceful and serene (or at least the way you told it)!

Kittenna

Congrats on losing 60 pounds! It’s hard to do! And lovely storytelling, as always, even though it’s not always the happiest of stories :)

Kashyap

Thank you for such a powerful and brave sharing, the weaving of both your memories and the palatte is an intense merging and one that I hope allows you to feel the strength of your current self. I hope you inspire others to set themselves free and find the ability to nourish themselves with what is good around them.

Bonnie

Thank you! The more you hide the more you can be hurt by others sometimes. Not that all the gory details have to be revealed, but the admission that I am human and have suffered just like everyone else ….and have emerged whole and happy again.

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Ninavampi

I really do think you should write a book!!! I love your writing, and your incredible life seems to have many stories to tell. You could even include tea! :)

Scharp

So far, I’ve heard 2010 was a fine year for pu-erh. Raw (green) pu-erhs always last longer than the “ripened” ones. This tea seems very peaceful and serene (or at least the way you told it)!

Kittenna

Congrats on losing 60 pounds! It’s hard to do! And lovely storytelling, as always, even though it’s not always the happiest of stories :)

Kashyap

Thank you for such a powerful and brave sharing, the weaving of both your memories and the palatte is an intense merging and one that I hope allows you to feel the strength of your current self. I hope you inspire others to set themselves free and find the ability to nourish themselves with what is good around them.

Bonnie

Thank you! The more you hide the more you can be hurt by others sometimes. Not that all the gory details have to be revealed, but the admission that I am human and have suffered just like everyone else ….and have emerged whole and happy again.

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Colorado Grandma
http://www.teaandincense.com
Grandmother to 3 teenaged girls and 5 young boys. (we all drink tea!) I began teatime in the Summer over 30 years ago when my children were little. We took a break from play for tea and snacks every day. My children loved tea time.
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!!!
I attend a wonderful Greek Orthodox Church and enjoy cooking ethnic foods (all kinds). I am disabled with Migraines and Fibromyalgia.
My family is Bi-racial (African-American, Scots) and Bi-cultural, (Peru, Cyprus, France, Mexico, Native American)
I’ve worked at a Winery, was a System Analyst, in telecom, been an Athlete and Coach, Artist, Vista Volunteer. Love healthy cooking (and delicious food!). Love to travel and have been to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Malta, Peru, Croatia, Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska

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