Leaving Ravena by train, we noticed these poppies. They are all
along the train lines in all the waste spaces. This picture doesn't
adequately capture them, but they provide a lovely note in ugly spaces.
I have found a really delicious tea - Ceylon Symphony, from the Boston Tea Company, who kindly sent me samples to review. Ceyon tea often doesn't get many rave reviews, as it can be bland and is certainly a lot softer and mellower than, say, an Assam. It is often used in flavored teas, as it blends well with them. However, from first to last, this is a wonderful tea! When I first opened the packet I was struck by the scent - a fresh, deep winey aroma came off the deepish reddish black leaves. There was some sweetness there, too. I was going to brew it for 5 minutes - a great leap for me, but I got distracted and I know it went for at least 6, if not more. I really was afraid of what it would taste like, but it was a very pleasant surprise. There was none of that awfull tannic taste you get with overbrewed tea, but instead, a deep roasted herbal taste and scent. The tea was delicate and gentle but with that roasted depth to it. Truly superb.
Some bits of tea news - got to www.worldteaexpo.com/index and click on tea championship, you'll see this year's winners in the tea competitions in several categories.
Hop on over to http://www.teanewsdirect.com/ and click on tea books for a fairly long list of neat titles.
Over on http://teachat.teamoods.com/ there is an article about an Indian company that has purchased the remaining remnant of the old East India Company, returning indian property to Indian hands. A great day for them.
Last, but certainly not least, for all you rubber ducky fans, there is now such a critter for brewing a cuppa uppa - go to http://www.dcigifts.com/ and click on new to get you own "bird in the pond"