Early hanami (花見)

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Cycled down to Minatoyama park for an early hanami in the melodic sunshine. The cherry blossoms are just starting to open. Sun is warm on my neck, a cool breeze brushes my right arm. Pigeons strut and coo, cars judder by, and children laugh on the rocks by the pond. My tea reflects the sunlight, forming a golden peach in the teacup. I think of Momotaro, the peach boy. Continue reading

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First Cup of Tea of the Day

“If you are cold, tea will warm you;
if you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;20141218_085732_LLS
If you are excited, it will calm you.”
William Ewart Gladstone

After a night of sub-zero temperatures, I woke to a blanket of white draped across the world outside. The snow had fallen while we slept. I hadn’t dreamt of snow, but I have been re-reading ‘The Dark is Rising‘ which is full of it – so full that at times it feels like it’s going to drift out from between the pages of the book. Continue reading