Yesterday I wrote about my rituals around taking tea and today I want to write about the little nuggets of wisdom that tea can bring and how that inspired a new (photography) project for me.
I prefer loose tea leaves. To make a proper cup of tea, you need all the room possible for the leaves to unfurl and swirl around. It is an art, like any science. However, the ever present teabag is hard to escape. It is also super convenient and no other gear is required to make a cuppa; just plunk it in a cup and add hot water.
…the day needs no more complication than that.
~ Michele James-Parham
There are times, hell there are entire weeks and months, that are shining examples for why the teabag was invented. There are also pockets, purses, to-go cups, airports, cheap Chinese buffets, and bitchin’ sales on Tazo at WholeFoods. I do not hate the teabag; I have come to love it…
for its tag.
I am not exactly sure whose brainchild it was to add little bits of wisdom in the form of quotes onto teabag tags, but I approve. They are like fortune cookies, except that I do not have to entertain the idea of eating one of those horrid “cookies” to get a little nugget of wisdom, of truth.
Until now, I was secretly obsessed with these things. I take pictures of them, search online for other’s pictures of them, and I have even begun adding original ideas for ones in a notebook, right next to where I keep quotations of things heard out in the wild world.
I have been thinking about doing another photography project for awhile now. I did the daily selfportraits for three years; I will be completing #365gratitude at the end of the year; and now, I think I am wanting to start Our Daily Tea (featuring: Cuppa Conversations). This project would include photographs, facts about tea, recipes, quotations, and thoughts.
Our Daily Tea
This is the umbrella or title for the whole project. Of course, this would necessitate another website/blog, but I think that is an okay thing. I had contemplated just throwing it into the mix here on this blog, but it just did not feel right. The project needs and deserves its own space to fully develop. Why, Our Daily Tea? To confuse the Tea Party folks (just google it). No, the main two reasons are because 1) it is about tea and 2) the concept is that it will be updated every day with at least a photograph of one of my moments of tea. At some point, I might solicit for photo submissions from other people.
Cuppa Conversations — A Podcast
This is one of the more exciting features of this project, I think. Podcast? Yes! I am hoping to share short, think fifteen minutes and under, snippets of conversations on the blog. I have not completely distilled the concept, but I do expect, and so should you, there to be a fair amount of chaos.
When I say, “snippets”, I mean kind of like an extended Vine of a conversation, but with audio only. These might be about tea, life, love, the Universe, and everything in between. They might be edited down versions of longer conversations with people over tea, in cafes, and sometimes, things might be taken out of context (on purpose). They could also be just short audio posts of me pontificating about whatever is making the light bulb appear over my head at that moment.
I am still playing around with this and the technology. I am not sure how often I will post a podcast to the new site/blog or if it will be a scheduled thing. Bear with me while I gestate this one a little bit longer.
As I mentioned before, I will be updating the site with at least one photo every day from one of my daily tea moments. It might be my cup, the teabag, teabag tag, a step in the brewing process, a ‘mugshot’ of my drinking, or a picture of the tea and so on.
I will be using my second generation iPad, my Nikon DSLR D60, and Flickr.
For those of you living under a rock who do not know what vines are, they are short, six second or less, videos. It is like Twitter and YouTube came together and made a weird, quirky lovechild. Anyway, I plan to upload vines about tea: shopping for tea, drinking it, brewing it, cafe moments, and all other tea-related chaos that I capture live.
Facts About Tea
Just the occasional posting of an interesting tidbit about tea, the plant, the processing, the brewing, and so on. I am have learned a lot about the history of tea over the years; the politics of tea are astounding and overwhelming!
I have a catalogue of opinions on different teas from all over the world and from many companies. I also have tried a ridiculous amount of various tea gear for drinking, brewing, and storing over the years. I am happy to share my experiences with folks, try new things, maybe score some free things to report on, and offer some tea give-a-ways! Do NOT worry, there will not be any weird spammy tea ads and I will always, always disclose if I am getting any kickbacks or if items were sent to me for me to publicly review.
This will end up being a little bit of a mixed bag: how to brew various teas; recipes for various tea cakes, biscuits, and sandwiches; as well as how to make your own tea blends at home. A Pinterest board will accompany this feature to make sharing and storing recipes easy for everyone.
Quotations & Thoughts
This is another one of the big features of this project. I have been recording quotations, little bits of conversations, teabag tag wisdom, and things overheard in cafes, diners, and friends’ living rooms for some time now. I plan to highlight these things on the new site, sharing the bits of wisdom and whit that happens in the company of tea. While I have plenty of fodder in this area to start things off, I will be soliciting submissions from others from the very beginning.
As soon as the new site and blog are up and running, I will post here with the unveiling.