"Prairie Sky" 1990s Black Tea
According to this month's Global Tea Hut Tea and Tao Magazine, Praire Sky is meant to be boiled in a pot, the oldest tea brewing method.
One of the origin of tea stories also shared is that a tea leaf fell down into a monk’s boiling pot of water as he was meditating, and thus man’s relationship with tea was formed.
By boiling you can get so much more out of the tea I am told this month, and so I boil it.
And I’m inspired by the simplicity of this method and how even more so it feels connecting to the elements and nature: wood and fire to heat the water, a pot, and some leaves. That you could spend all day sitting outside and adding more water to your cauldron, drinking in layer after layer of nature.
As I was thinking of how I wanted to express this month’s tea and brewing method, my spirit reminded me of two trees I had recently taken pictures of as they spoke so loudly to me.
One was of a tree that looked like it had a built-in pot.
The other was of a squirrel in a hide-out of burls up in a tree.
And it came to me, the story of tea being made out in nature without humans, a squirrel dropping down a leaf or two into a natural cauldron of a tree. Maybe they shared a bowl together, tree and squirrel.
I hope this piece brings a smile to your face, reminding you that mischief is always afoot and new discoveries are just waiting to be made! Creation wants to play with you and for you to notice and interact with it. And just maybe, it was actually a squirrel who dropped that first tea leaf down.
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