Lovely damp and dreary afternoon. The leaves on the giant maple in the yard have fallen almost simultaneously (whoomph!) and it really does look like a yellow and tan shag carpet. Hard to keep my eyes off the window.

(My opinion of damp and dreary afternoons will shift radically come January and February.)

Knowing that I was likely to spend the entire afternoon with a cup in my hand, I figured I’d better steep something that wouldn’t caffeinate me into agitated insomnia tonight, so I picked this nice go-to dragonwell. Boston Tea does everything properly and elegantly. This is gentle, lovely to look at (huge leaves), not too vegetable-y. Steeped beautifully a second time.

CupofTree

I love damp and dreary, lovely indeed :)
And I love that you write about your views outside.. Nature and tea are the most relaxing things ever.

gmathis

This big tree reminds me of the Ents in Lord of the Rings—so big I can’t get my arms around the trunk. It’s a blessing to be in a neighborhood with leaves. Where the tornado hit town, it still looks like strip mines with new houses and misshapen odd trunks that could come have come out of Dr. Seuss.

Nicole

We had a whoomp of leaves in our yard this past week as well. Overnight we had color on the ground. :)

CupofTree

wow that’s so cool, you have an Ent friend :)

Serenity

I love your reviews; are you a writer??

gmathis

Thanks! Yes: part-time, freelance. Mostly kids’ curriculum and occasional articles for a parenting magazine. Husband calls it my “real job;” day job as a shuffler of office paperwork is for those pesky bills and groceries.

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CupofTree

I love damp and dreary, lovely indeed :)
And I love that you write about your views outside.. Nature and tea are the most relaxing things ever.

gmathis

This big tree reminds me of the Ents in Lord of the Rings—so big I can’t get my arms around the trunk. It’s a blessing to be in a neighborhood with leaves. Where the tornado hit town, it still looks like strip mines with new houses and misshapen odd trunks that could come have come out of Dr. Seuss.

Nicole

We had a whoomp of leaves in our yard this past week as well. Overnight we had color on the ground. :)

CupofTree

wow that’s so cool, you have an Ent friend :)

Serenity

I love your reviews; are you a writer??

gmathis

Thanks! Yes: part-time, freelance. Mostly kids’ curriculum and occasional articles for a parenting magazine. Husband calls it my “real job;” day job as a shuffler of office paperwork is for those pesky bills and groceries.

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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