Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage.~Catherine Douzel
While mindlessly flipping through blogs one afternoon, I came across a very interesting site called CHA DAO. It is dedicated to the discussion of tea. The author, Adrian Lurssen, described the making and collection of "tea moons". Adrian has collected many samples of teas and "moons". I decided to try making my own moons. What I would do differently when making tea moons again is to use a more absorbent paper with more texture and beauty. Here are the results of my quick tea moon session. I think this idea would made an incredible tea journal, perhaps for a gift, together with a variety of teas.
Tea moons are made by two different methods. In one, while enjoying a lovely cup of tea you wish to remember, allow a bit to spill onto the saucer, placing the cup back in the tea puddle. Then place the cup bottom on a piece of paper or a tea journal page, thus making a tea moon! The second method of tea moon making is to save a spot of tea in the bottom of your cup or a little dish. Using an artist's brush paint a tea "moon" onto paper or in your tea journal. Personally, I prefer the tea cup method - it seems more natural. Which ever method you use, allow the tea moon to dry. Then write or type the name of the tea, your description of the tea's flavor, and your enjoyment of it. Finally jot down any memories, old or new, that the tea evokes.
Steam rises from a cup of tea and we are wrapped in history,
inhaling ancient times and lands,comfort
of ages in our hands.~Faith Greenbowl