22 April was the first anniversary of my blog. I missed it! We were in Shanghai and Hong Kong from 8-18 April, I’m still dealing with laundry/putting things away, and I have had a bad headache since we got back. I thought it was a migraine but now think it’s a virus. I am slowly feeling more “normal”. Whatever that is. From time to time my pc refuses to recognise my camera when I try to upload photos and this involves reloading drivers. Which is a palaver. It took me nearly 2 hours yesterday and 4 installs. But I now have about 850 photos I took in China which I can use. I didn’t want to blog before I could use some China photos. Yes, I am a bit of a perfectionist. I have no idea how many photos C and MissN took – not quite as many as I did. They have better cameras (C has a digital SLR) so they get better shots. I take more to compensate for my blurry ones or the “dreaded black spot” which appears on my shots from time to time. Yes, C, I SHOULD have let you buy me a new camera.
Anyway, I began my blog a year ago with a post about coffee and chocolate, so it seems appropriate to celebrate this blogaversary with a new header photo. Tea. The new coffee. My overseas shopping indulgence was tea. I won’t tell you how much I spent (but assure you it was much less than a camera would have cost).
We spent a lovely day in the Old Town of Shanghai on the Friday we were there. Late morning after battling the crowds at the Yuyuan Gardens we had a 40 minute very relaxing tea tasting (ie sales talk) at a shop in Old Street (Central Fangbang Road) and bought 100g of new season green tea – our new morning drink (other green tea tastes dusty by comparison now), 50g of fruit tea, 50g of ginseng powder, 250g of Tie Guan Yin oolong tea and 6 tea flowers. You can see an opened tea flower in the glass in the centre of the header photo. These are amazing – balls of tea which open to reveal a flower and they can be used up to 10 times each.
I bought myself a terracotta tea pot (for oolong tea – one uses different types of pots for different types of tea!) from the Dongtai Road Antique Market. It’s probably not antique but I like it. It is just big enough for one cup. MissN got herself a gorgeous noodle bowl.
I’m sipping oolong tea as I type (just one I bought at an Asian supermarket here in Sydney). And loving the exotic calmness it provides. I loved tea before we went to China. But I will remember Shanghai and our wonderful time there every time I drink Chinese tea for the rest of my life.
MissN drinking dragon well tea (tea of longing) in Tongli last Monday (but “tea in Tongli” is another post…)