Thursday, December 31, 2020

Resolutions for the New Year


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I imagine many of us will welcome the arrival of 2021 with open arms! And, as we welcome the arrival of this new year, we probably cannot help but think about things we would like to change or improve in our lives.  I guess that is what new year's resolutions are all about.  So I will share with you here a few of my tea blog-related resolutions for 2021.

First, I plan to use my background in art history and in library science to find and link to sources of tea-related information and imagery from this website. Here is how I plan to start:

  • Update the "My Tea Library" page with all of the books I have added to my personal tea library since I first typed up that list a few years ago.  
  • Annotate many of the entries in the list.  
  • Link the books on this list to online book sellers.
  • Continue to add to the "Imagery" page on this website (see menu bar at top of screen) which links to a number of digital image collections. 

Next, I hope to write and post new blog content more regularly. 

These things should keep me plenty busy for a while.  And I hope they will result in a website that is a rich information resource for tea lovers.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Share Tea Love with Your Community

 I recently set up a tea-themed display at my local library branch.  This is a wonderful way for any tea lover to share her/his/their love of tea with a local community. 

The display I created is on view at the North Asheville Branch Library, Asheville, North Carolina, for this month of December.  It features books from my personal tea library which are also available for check out through the Buncombe County, North Carolina library system.  I identified each book with the type of person I thought it might appeal to.  For example, some of the book headings are "Tea for the fiction lover" (Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See), "Tea for the memoir lover" (Infused: Adventures in Tea by Henrietta Lovell), "Tea for the Activist" (The Way of Tea and Justice by Becca Stevens), and "Tea for the history buff" (For All the Tea in China by Sarah Rose). You get the idea.

In the display, I also included an assortment of different style tea pots, a Limoges tea set, and two children's ceramic tea sets. I also included a flyer entitled "What is tea?" as well as two botanical drawings of the Camellia sinensis.

The exhibit has been well received by both library staff and the public.  For me it has been a fun way both support my local library and share my love of tea with my community.

Photo is courtesy of North Asheville Branch Library.

Photo is courtesy of North Asheville Branch Library.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

New Teapot Mosaic


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Maira Gall