Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony in Portland

I can not imagine a more beautiful setting
 for my introduction to the Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony
 than in Marilyn's back yard in Portland, OR.
Photo below: Tea blogger friend LaDonna (left)
and Dewey, the leader of the Portland Wu-Wo Tea Group
visit during "tea ware appreciation and friendship time."  This begins
after the participants take their place in a circle and set up their tea sets.
Below: Sally, LaDonna's DIL, in the proper position.
The pretty tea set Marilyn loaned to me (below)
Jan's tea set (above)

Every participant brews the tea she brought.  
Three cups are served to the participants on their left.
One cup is for yourself.
Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony is a style of tea ceremony with
"no distinction of school or region."
After the ceremony, the members shared
about the teas they each brought to make and serve.
There were 10 participants at this event.    
 The members of the Portland group meet monthly.
After the ceremony snacks brought by each participant were shared. 
If you Google "Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony"
you will find information about this
ceremony which began in Taiwan in 1990.

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Delightful Day With Friends in Portland

Marilyn, Stephanie, me (Linda) and LaDonna
have been tea blogging friends for several years.
Click on each ladies name above to link to their blogs. 
I contacted Marilyn some time ago to let her know I would be in Portland
with GJ and AJ for a conference. 
Marilyn, a very gracious hostess, made plans to gather tea
and blogging friends for a fabulous afternoon at her home. 
The event began with a beautiful and delicious
lunch in the recently completed greenhouse made from
recycled materials by Marilyn's husband Jim. 
Broccoli Quiche
Asparagus Quiche
Crusty Bread
and a delicious, refreshing iced tea made from
Oolong Tea and sparkling apple cider. 
Below: Jan, Jennifer, Adrienne, LaDonna, and Sally (LaDonna's DIL)
This was a non-stop chat event! 
AJ and Marilyn's son Tim visiting before lunch.
 A vintage tablecloth with heirloom dishes
Marilyn's grandfather's china. 
For dessert, refreshing watermelon chunks
with lime juice, honey and fresh ginger
and home baked sugar cookies.   
What a special place for tea and friends!
Visit Marilyn and LaDonna's blogs
at the links above for their posts on this very special event. 
A Wu-Wo Tea Ceremony was held later in the day.
I will post that in a future post.     

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Rapid City — Day 3

For our last full day in the Rapid City area, we drove north west to
Wyoming, another state on AJ's list. 

 We visited Devils Tower National Monument,
the nation's first nataional monument, and drove the 85 mile Devils Tower Loop Tour.
A stop at the Aladdin General Store
in  Aladdin, WY population 15.
Then we drove the rental car (above)  back to SD
and along the beautiful Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway.
We saw the  film site for Dances With Wolves,
 spotted a bear and other wildlife along this beautiful drive.
We drove through Deadwood with its 40 casinos and on to
Sturgis where the town is in full preparation for the
The guys did some shopping for Sturgis T-shirts and gear. 
We drove back to Rapid City for our last overnight before heading to the airport
for the 2nd leg of this memorable fly, drive, fly, drive trip. 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Rapid City - Day 2

The statues of the USA Presidents on the street corners in downtown
Rapid City were interesting to look at while we were walking around in the mornings and evenings 
Our family enjoys staying in historic hotels in downtown areas whenever possible. 
The Hotel Alex Johnson has been renovated in recent years. 
On our 2nd day trip, we drove through the scenic Badlands National Park.

 Amazing and beautiful! 
 We saw several different types of wildlife, but the most fun was the prairie dogs
located on a drive down a gravel road in the park leads to Prairie Dog Town. 
And, more bison. 
During our day's drive, we took a break at the famous Wall Drug Store in Wall, SD
 where the guys ate buffalo burgers for lunch. 
Sorry, I forgot to take photos and I can't get their
 phone photos to cooperate with my blog. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Rapid City - Day 1

What a fabulous trip!
We began our 10 day trip by flying from Cincinnati to Minneapolis to Rapid City, SD
We stayed four nights at the historic Hotel Alex Johnson in downtown Rapid City. 
While we were there, we put over 700 miles of day trips on  our rental car. 
Our first stop driving through the Black Hills of SD was Mt. Rushmore National Memorial. 
The guys took a hike into an area closer to the monument
as shown in the photos below — through the cave and up close.     

 The weather was beautiful, but very hot during our visit
with temperatures in the upper 90's
but, it was a change for us because of the low/no humidity.
Next, we drove to the Crazy Horse Memorial
and, to Custer State Park to view the bison and other wildlife.

We continued our drive south along US 385 through Hot Springs, SD
 and into Nebraska where we stopped at a small cafe in Chadron, NE for lunch. 
Obviously, I was growing tired after all this driving because I didn't get the camera out again until we returned to Rapid City for dinner at the very popular Firehouse Brewing Company Restaurant.
We did a little shopping then returned to the Hotel Alex Johnson.
Our bodies were still on Eastern time.  Early to bed and early to rise. 
Was there any TEA on this trip? 
You bet there was! 
*Iced Tea* at breakfast, lunch and dinner! 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Book Winner

Congratulations to S. Franks on winning the autographed copy of Bruce Richardson's The Great Tea Rooms of Britain.  I just happen to have Sandy's address and will mail it to her soon.   Sandy, I know you will enjoy this book.  
I will have another tea book giveaway in August. 

Home Again After Travels

We just arrived home very late last night (early this morning) after a wonderful 10-day trip, and yes there were several delightful tea times included.  I will share photos over the next few posts.  This one is just a sample of our travels to a new state for AJ.  Do you know where this is?

Friday, July 20, 2012

July Tea Book Giveaway

 I am giving away another duplicate tea book from my book shelf. 
This book, The Great Tea Rooms of Britain, by Bruce Richardson
of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas, is one of my favorites, and special to me because 
I have visited some of the British tea rooms highlighted in this book. 
This beautiful autographed book
is perfect for tea enthusiasts who have been to Britain or wish to go.
A lucky reader will win a copy from a random drawing to be held from your comments.
Please leave an "enter me" comment by 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 25th. 
I will announce the winner here after that time.

This is a new copy of the fifth edition of this book, published in 2008,
retail price $24.95 and it is autographed by Bruce Richardson. 
Don't miss the chance to win this special book.
I look forward to hearing from everyone!

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