Monthly Archives: April 2018

Second winter in Wisconsin

The above image was taken outside my window.

Well two weeks ago in the greater De Pere area we got over two feet of snow.  The largest snowfall for April and largest snowstorm to hit the city in 130 years.  Not too long afterward we started getting Spring-like temperatures in the upper 50s and 60s. The Saturday of the snowstorm I went to the Annual Girl Scout Leadership Conference. I was to have two tea parties and teach the ladies some etiquette. My first class was supposed to be full, actually overfull and the other class a smaller one. I was supposed to have 21 and 7 in each class. My personal cap was 20, but I was fine with 21. Well, this was in midst of the storm of the century (literally), so I believe I ended up with only 8 people attending.

What can you do?  Not much. Sometimes the second worst snowfall recorded in De Pere happens mid-April.  The irony of the situation is in the midst of the storm I noticed two years prior I was collecting ramps and had declared ramp season.  Below is a picture of a cardboard box with a saucer with raisins and sesame seeds with a robin I made for the poor robins.  Many robins I heard died in this freakish blizzard. I did not see dead robins, just heard from friends there were some robin deaths. Hardly any snow left on the ground today, just some of the huge piles of snow or areas in the shade.  Last weekend it was so warm you could wear shorts, which was kinda funny because there were still huge piles of snow around.

De Pere business owner finds her cup of tea

De Pere business owner finds her cup of tea

Tina Dettman-Bielefeldt interviewed me last week for this article.   I really appreciate the time she took and I really think she got the heart of my business. Minor inaccuracies like the potential partnership with another friend in Madison was before I opened my teahouse in Milwaukee, but I see that as a minor thing. Things are picking up in my business and hopefully continue. We shall see. I do not want to seem too presumptuous.

Chinese tea harvest predicted to be strong

Weather Watchers Predict Strong China Harvest

This is good for the Chinese farmers and hope it happens for them.  White tea continues to be very popular in China, so customers outside of China will have a hard time finding white tea and it may be pricier too.  Today is the first day to traditionally harvest tea in China in the higher altitudes and a few weeks later for lower elevations. To read more please click on the link.

Pu-erh in a Tangerine

 

Golden Monkey Black

Dragonwell

Below Milk Oolong

New teas I blended

I haven’t talked for a while about new teas I blended or got from the farms in origin countries. Actually just looked it up and it has been last year. Yikes!  I definitely have been getting more teas and blending.  I received some teas from Japan, China, and Taiwan and blended a few teas too. Here are most of them:

 

Orange Rosehip Hibiscus Rooibos

 

Alishan GABA Oolong

Fruit Tisane

 

Golden Lily Oolong

 

Golden Monkey Black

Guayusa

Gyokuro

 

Heavy Roasted Dark Oolong

Hojicha Dark Roast

 

Honey Nectar Oolong

Japanese Oolong

 

Lemon Ginger Rooibos

 

Lemon Ginger Sencha

 

Milk Oolong

Heritage Matcha

Pu-erh in a Tangerine