Summer is ending. While I don't look forward to the gray of winter, I am so tired of unrelenting heat, drought and sun. The annuals are giving up, there are huge flocks of birds wheeling in the air, the deer are beginning to get brown. Change is in the air. The light is different, having a more golden cast and the sun is going down noticeably sooner. Nights are cool and we can open all the windows and gulp in the refreshing air and breezes. It's even supposed to rain this week. It will be lovely to have brooks again.
Tea wise, this means a return to more pots of tea, rather than pitchers. I saved so many teas for ice tea this year that I didn't get through them all, in spite of the inspiration of so much heat and the need for a cooling quaff.
I happened to be in one of our larger grocery stores and was really impressed by how great a variety of tea they had, including a section of organics and good quality bottled tea. They didn't have much in the way of loose tea except some Twinings and one other brand. I couldn't really expect that, given the town they are in. Upstate towns are not generally on the cutting edge, although that seems to be changing.
Today I am going to work in the garden and then I shall have a pot of tea and admire my autumn clematis, which is just coming in to sweet scented white bloom. It didn't grow too well this year - too hot and dry - the gardener's mantra for the summer, but what there is is quite lovely.
Later - As I was out having tea and sniffing the air, a mama turkey and her poult came by and Bert the brave kitty tried to stalk it. He was ignored. Then a small herd of about 8-10 deer came out of the back woods, headed for the front woods. There were 3 of this year's fawns - quite grown, but still in redcoats and 5-7 adults, all dressed in brown. The young ones did not know what to do about the turkeys, but the birds just cocked a royal snook and went on.
My tea was Earl Gray from Steven Smith. I have been hearing a lot about him lately, so I was eager to try the tea. The aroma was wonderful a really luscious bergamot, juicy, flowery, sweet, but not a bit cloying. Sadly, the flavor did not live up to it. It was somewhat flat and not nearly strong enough. The problem maybe it was a teabag and my cup was large. However, I have another one and I will try it in a smaller cup.
IT'S RAINING - a lovely, slow soaking rain! Thank you, Lord.