Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The year 2014 in 12 pictures

One of life's challenge is to make every day special despite all the activities we do again every day (sleep, eat, work, drink tea...). Repetitions may give a sense of immortality (like Bill Murray in 'Groundhog Day'), but they quickly become boring. From our attitude to tea, we can also find lessons for Life.

For tea, one solution is to continuously switch from one tea sample to another, but change isn't the same as quality and doesn't guarantee satisfaction. It's still important to stay attuned to what tea we feel like having: variety should match our state of mind, the time of the day and of the year (cooling teas in summer and warming teas in winter, for example). There's another way to make every tea special: creating a unique Chaxi, setup, that is in harmony with the tea we choose and the feeling we want to experience with those leaves.

This blog has now reached its 11th year of existence. Let's review, with 12 pictures from 2014, how tea continues to inspire me and my brewing:

December : Plaisir primal d'un thé métaphysique

November: Spring 1999 Hung Shui Oolong from Yong Lung

October: 10/10 in Taiwan

September : Wenshan Baozhong de nouvelle plantation

August : A 19th century tradition for the 21st century tea business

July : Tasting, comparing and learning

June : 10 raisons pour visiter le blog Tea Masters

May : Tea and the City

April : Un printemps nouveau et plein d'espoir

March : Spring 2014 in San Hsia

February : 1979 Dong Ding Oolong

January : Tea, Travel, Home

J'espère que, comme moi, vous avez bu d'excellents thés en 2014! La vie est trop courte pour ne pas la vivre et la boire avec passion!

Par ailleurs, j'ai la joie de vous annoncer que j'ai (enfin!) traduit ma boutique tea-masters en français. Merci pour votre patience et joyeux réveillon!

Click on these links for the pictures of 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 , 2008 and 2007.


Linda said...

Tres belles photos, merci! I am now going to make a nice cup of tea. Bonne Annee et bonjour de Montreal, Canada. :)

Steph said...

Best wishes for a lovely 2015 with wonderful tea and kind drinking companions.

Stephane said...

Thank you Linda and Steph! Happy New Year to the Americas!