Surprising as it may be, today was the first time I have had tea in about a week and a half. This tragedy occurred due to pure exhaustion, and in slight part laziness. Let me just say that as a grad student the end of the semester is looked upon almost with disdain especially when you have a thousand finals or so to help grade in only a couple of days. Once the finals were graded, I had decided I would take a break by going to visit my family for a week, and while packing, I was so tired I dreaded the decision practice which is actually quite laborious for us tea addicts.
"What teas will I want to drink in the next week? Believing those choices are true what is the least amount of teaware I can pack up to make that as enjoyable as drinking it at my own place? "
The shear thought of trying to decide and the extra trips out to the car were actually too exhausting in my already incredibly fatigued state, I decided that I could make do for a week of coffee for my caffeine fix. I quite missed my tea, and my teaware.
The photo above is part of me trying to bring a little more life into my tea sessions, this lovely orchid made my two tea sessions today quite enjoyable. There is something to be said for the Japanese practice of Ikebana, and while this was not a true set up as this was not a flower arrangement but rather a live blooming flower the added color, and additional life in the set up was great. Sadly the Baozhong I had after the Sencha did not live up to the setting.
Do any of my readers try to incorporate flowers into their tea set ups/ ceremonies?