Remembering…..

This morning I went for a long walk and thought about how wonderful it is to be a Canadian and live in this great country, Canada.  My area is so nice for reflections like these because it’s so natural, a small, little example of Canada’s natural beauty.  The area I walk in is the Vedder River…

Tea is such an Adventure!

Have you had your Shi Feng Long Jing today?  No, it’s not that, it’s a type of tea, a very famous tea deeply steeped in Chinese history and folklore.  The name translates to ‘Lion Peak Dragon Well’ and its a green tea.  To appreciate the history of this famous tea we have to travel back to…

My Special Tea Brew

Over the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend we went for a hike before going to a big dinner at my parent’s house.  So after climbing up to look at two different view points in the park and then eating a big meal I knew it was time for one of my special tea brews!  I decided to make a…

Seeds: Where does your food come from?

On a sunny Saturday we took a trip to Fort Langley to visit the British Columbia Farm Museum.  Earlier in the year, on a different trip to Fort Langley, a poster caught my eye about an exhibit at the museum called “Seeds, Somebody has to Save Them”.  The exhibit would be run from May to October…

Hiking the Teapot Hill Trail

My uncle Wayne told me there was a trail near our home where people placed teapots in the forrest!  Seriously, this I had to see!  So this past weekend with steaming enthusiasm I headed to the trail with my much more fit cousin to find the hidden teapots.  I wasn’t sure how hard of a hike…

Blue is my favourite colour!

    I live in an area known as “The Bread Basket of the Fraser Valley” where much of the land is used to grow food crops but plants you won’t see as you drive through the picturesque farmland are tea bushes.  Tea grows naturally in a hot, humid climate with lots of moisture and…

Parisian Bridal Tea…oola la!

  Recently I attended a bridal shower tea for a lovely young woman, the theme of the party was a parisian cafe filled with flowers and decadent pastries.  The guests were to wear appropriate attire of hats and gloves while attending the tea.  The bride-to-be’s family spent hours working in my parent’s old party shed to…

Blooming Along!

    We have been in our new house for just over 6 months and I have to say I did not expect the plants to make it through the chilly Fraser Valley winter, especially since some were in black plastic pots, but they did and they are thriving!  The bigger ones have been planted in their…

Jasmine: Scenting Tea for Centuries

Spring is such an amazing time of year and in our area, the Fraser Valley, the air is exceptionally pungent as the farmers are fertilizing the fields for the coming growing season.  Now I admit I like the smell of the country but a more elegant smell in my garden comes from my Winter Jasmine.  Even…

Happy Easter Weekend!

  Spring is in full-swing and though it’s common to see colourful tulips, primulas and daffodils this time of year another less known spring bloomer is the Pasque Flower.  It blooms  around Easter thus the name pasque  since pasque refers to Easter (Passover).  Pasque flowers or Pulsatilla vulgaris are a low growing plant that blooms in…