Friday, January 17, 2014
Tea, travel, home
Here is another contradictory reason to enjoy tea: with the same cup you can feel that you are traveling through time and/or space, but you can also feel more at home where you are now!
I started to light the charcoal in the nilu to heat the water in the silver kettle. During that time, I set up this winter Chaxi. After the Sung style tea, this Chaxi includes a pear shaped Yixing zhuni teapot, 3 dragon cups, 3 copper Cha Tuo, the celadon ever made by David Louveau and the same Jianyang bowl. The tea is my 2012 Oriental Beauty, stored in a porcelain jar.
Each brew is slightly different and cause of wonder how little changes in our brewing can have such impact on the tea.
One thing is certain: there's no place we'd rather be now than under this wooden hut in the rain! A Chaxi focuses your attention to the present moment and the place you are now. That may be why tea also resonates so well with us, two Europeans who have left our country of birth. Home isn't (only) where our loved one is, but also where we invest all your energy to create a beautiful setting and enjoy life's simple pleasures. We don't long to be elsewhere anymore. We accept our simple conditions, because we find so much joy and meaning with each cup. Our tea journey helps us create a feeling of home around our cup of tea, wherever we are.