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I had a lovely tea lunch with youngest daughter. Since we were both drinking the same kind of tea today I used the big red pot Sandy sent to us from New Zealand and brewed some Emperor’s Red from JacquelineM! The rich, cocoa aroma will win your heart! We are on the second resteep and it is still so good. I took mine plain and enjoyed all the nuance, but youngest took hers with milk and sugar. It is that kind of tea – you can enjoy it no matter what your tea tastes may be.

We paired it with Genoa salami and Kerrygold Dubliner cheese from Ireland in honor of oldest daughter’s imminent departure for a month in Ireland. Music to accompany the meal – Sandy Denny’s “It Suits Me Well.”

What a lovely day! It began with Sandy’s dog, Sasha, catching our mole at 8 am when I joined youngest daughter in her tent out back where she had camped out in hopes of catching Mr. Mole. Fortunately Sasha obeyed when I screamed, "Leave it! " and we were able to capture the little guy for release later. He is happily hunkered down inside my gardening glove with worms in the fingers (that will definitely have to be washed in HOT water before I wear them again!). I let the mantis join us for tea, but I drew the line at the mole. While he is certainly as cute as the mantis, his little home has more dirt and he smells terrible! Do all moles smell this bad? Oh, she named him “Diggory Delvet.”

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JacquelineM

That is a day alright! I just spent some time with this lovable pest:

http://www.spo.gs/RetroCamera.jsp?img=tSQQ

He is my neighbor’s cat who I saw kill a bird last week. I had to talk to him about it and tell him it was wrong and all that, being he was in my yard snooping for more birds.

teawing

Most moles I have had the pleasure of meeting do have a distinctive aroma.
What a great review and story. You painted some good mental pictures for us.

It is the little things isn’t it? Some good food, a little nice music, family, a faithful dog…tea. What else could we need or want?

ashmanra

JacquelineM – That kitty looks like he is a character! I have one who visits my feeders in hopes of getting a birdie, and I shoo him off, but Mr. Hawk thinks it is a birdie dispenser and I guess I am still feeding birds when HE gets one, so….
Teawing – Distinctive smell, indeed! Garlic spaghetti, wild onion, and armpit. LOL!
But youngest thinks he is the softest, most beautiful thing EVER!

JacquelineM

How is the mole doing today? :)

ashmanra

Full of earthworms and waxworms and enjoying life! He has been to visit a number of our friends and will HOPEFULLY be released by this evening! (Youngest is asking to keep him forever. I told her Mr. Mole needs a girlfriend.)

JacquelineM

I hope he finds a beautiful Mole Wife where you release him! Maybe one day he will tell his Mole Children about the Magic Ladies who fed him earthtworms and waxworms then took him to meet his wife!

ashmanra

Jacqueline – I sent the pic to your email so you can see him having tea time with us! I couldn’t figure out how to post a link like you do – but I don’t have a smart phone or anything to link to RetroCamera. He is so soft…

JacquelineM

I put him on my flickr so everyone can see him big!!!!!!!!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jackiemania/5850807458/in/photostream

ashmanra

Thank you! :)

teawing

Thanks for posting the picture, and what a regal cup he used!

Dinosara

That mole is pretty cute in that tea cup!

QuiltGuppy

He’s adorable! I’d have a hard time sending him away.

ashmanra

Sigh. He was supposed to go yesterday, then today, now tomorrow…daughter says she needs photos of the release! He is indeed adorable, though, and so soft and sweet. He is really enjoying his waxworms and earthworms. We bought him some imported Belgian worms that supposedly will last months in the refrigerator! LOL! But we have two species of box turtles in the yard to feed, so we needed to buy all those worms anyway!

ashmanra

I just ran across this review again. How about a really late update? Youngest is away at college, and I miss our tea times together. Mr, Mole was released at my mother-in-law’s woods. He apparently found that girlfriend, because I was there today to dig up some daffodils as a reminder of gardening with my mother-in-law, and what should I see all over the back lawn but mole tunnels and hills! Mr. Mole himself or his children? What a poignant reminder as I am feeling a little sad and missing people tonight.

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JacquelineM

That is a day alright! I just spent some time with this lovable pest:

http://www.spo.gs/RetroCamera.jsp?img=tSQQ

He is my neighbor’s cat who I saw kill a bird last week. I had to talk to him about it and tell him it was wrong and all that, being he was in my yard snooping for more birds.

teawing

Most moles I have had the pleasure of meeting do have a distinctive aroma.
What a great review and story. You painted some good mental pictures for us.

It is the little things isn’t it? Some good food, a little nice music, family, a faithful dog…tea. What else could we need or want?

ashmanra

JacquelineM – That kitty looks like he is a character! I have one who visits my feeders in hopes of getting a birdie, and I shoo him off, but Mr. Hawk thinks it is a birdie dispenser and I guess I am still feeding birds when HE gets one, so….
Teawing – Distinctive smell, indeed! Garlic spaghetti, wild onion, and armpit. LOL!
But youngest thinks he is the softest, most beautiful thing EVER!

JacquelineM

How is the mole doing today? :)

ashmanra

Full of earthworms and waxworms and enjoying life! He has been to visit a number of our friends and will HOPEFULLY be released by this evening! (Youngest is asking to keep him forever. I told her Mr. Mole needs a girlfriend.)

JacquelineM

I hope he finds a beautiful Mole Wife where you release him! Maybe one day he will tell his Mole Children about the Magic Ladies who fed him earthtworms and waxworms then took him to meet his wife!

ashmanra

Jacqueline – I sent the pic to your email so you can see him having tea time with us! I couldn’t figure out how to post a link like you do – but I don’t have a smart phone or anything to link to RetroCamera. He is so soft…

JacquelineM

I put him on my flickr so everyone can see him big!!!!!!!!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jackiemania/5850807458/in/photostream

ashmanra

Thank you! :)

teawing

Thanks for posting the picture, and what a regal cup he used!

Dinosara

That mole is pretty cute in that tea cup!

QuiltGuppy

He’s adorable! I’d have a hard time sending him away.

ashmanra

Sigh. He was supposed to go yesterday, then today, now tomorrow…daughter says she needs photos of the release! He is indeed adorable, though, and so soft and sweet. He is really enjoying his waxworms and earthworms. We bought him some imported Belgian worms that supposedly will last months in the refrigerator! LOL! But we have two species of box turtles in the yard to feed, so we needed to buy all those worms anyway!

ashmanra

I just ran across this review again. How about a really late update? Youngest is away at college, and I miss our tea times together. Mr, Mole was released at my mother-in-law’s woods. He apparently found that girlfriend, because I was there today to dig up some daffodils as a reminder of gardening with my mother-in-law, and what should I see all over the back lawn but mole tunnels and hills! Mr. Mole himself or his children? What a poignant reminder as I am feeling a little sad and missing people tonight.

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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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