Saturday, June 21, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Meet James Norwood Pratt, the absolute KING of Tea in America! I have been a true fan of his since reading his wonderful book "The Tea Lovers' Treasury". His writing style is full of wit and much wisdom, he is a true son of the South, but also a citizen of the world. Everyone loves and reveres Norwood, he is an icon. Each year I hunt him out at the Tea Expo. The first Expo was quite small and intimate in that we could mingle and meet everyone quite easily. I felt like a true "groupie" hunting down Mr. Pratt and having my photo taken with him. My friends Elaine and Emily were with me and we gathered around him for a group shot! Thrilling. He is most gracious and always acts as if he remembers us...Emily, I believe he really does remember, she is young and lovely...but anyway he makes me feel recognized, even if he doesen't...smiling here. He is always a highlight of any event.
The Expo was grand this year. Quite different in that the location was Mandolay Bay hotel in Vegas, which is totally awesome. Had a lovely room, met many dear tea friends, drank copious amounts of excellent tea, had deep discussions on the future of tea and the tea trade in America particularly...it is growing so fast...hooray! Enjoyed myself thoroughly and I believe got some great feedback from people I trust and respect! So, in my estimation, this Expo was a complete success. I am energized and ready to begin consulting in earnest. Also plan on applying to present at next year's Expo.
I am working on some other tea-related endeavors and will keep you posted as the progress.
Here is Paul taking a look at the "crops"....well, that was about two weeks ago and I can't begin to tell you how much this stuff has grown! I need another update very soon. The tomatoes are literally over the top of the cages, the zuchini and squash are vining everywhere, the cucumbers are attaching to anything...the onions, the tomato cages, the other plants....we have tons of blooms on everything...still only one tomato on the betterboys and nothing on the German Johnson's...have about 5 roma tomatoes set....so looks like July is going to be harvest time! It is exciting to watch, altho I remember the old addage: "A watched pot never boils" and I believe it to be true of our crops, so I try to refrain from twice daily trips to view the bounty, or at least the hope of a bounty!
Summer is a great time for relaxing, or for plans of travel, or for picinics. We are so fortunate to live so close to both beach and mountains but we must make plans for trips or we would be in mid-September and realize we had not see the ocean that whole summer. Can you imagine living this close to the Atlantic and not visiting? I also would dearly love to make a trip to Gettysburg, PA for the 4th of July. We are planning a trip to the mountains for the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games this year. It is a great day! We will camp.
I am also planning a trip to NYC in a couple of weeks for the Fancy Food Show! Ah, what fun that will be in my most favorite city on earth! I do love New York. This is a bit of a working trip as I am going to help a friend who is opening a tea room and we are scouting for that purpose. Marian has not been to the city for a very long time, so I am the "guide". Now, I have not been for over 3 years....but I am an optimist and feel confident of my city skills....(we will see how we fare). We are arriving on Sat. morning and have matinee tickets for Wicked...so great! Will have time with city friends Elizabeth and Kirsten and also do some site seeing if Marian wants. I can go to the Met over and over again....We'll do some great dining and of course eat our fill during the Fancy FS....so all in all, it should be one fabulous weekend.
I feel a bit guilty as I will be leaving Paul behind...he is having foot surgery on this Friday.
So, summer is beginning to fill up, which is how I like it.
Sunday I am invited to attend the Victorian Ladies Tea Society's Daisy Tea. Sounds lovely. Will let you know how that turns out.