You may have noticed that it has been quite a while since I posted any tea tasting or other tea comments. This has been in part because I am having so much fun with the drawing and in part because I have discovered quite a few excellent tea blogs which for quality of content and images are so outstanding as to put my slight offerings to shame…
Sooooo, if you, like me are really interested in tea, here are a few of these remarkable blogs which you might like to check out.
The Mandarin’s Tea is a beautiful and knowledgeable blog. Being focused on both the tea itself and the accoutrements makes for an attractive blend! (He also posts about cigars… not one of my interests! lol but the tea posts are great.)
A recent favourite of mine is a blog called Tea Obsession. It is written by a woman in L.A. who has a shop specializing in one particular kind of single-tree produced Oolong (Wulong). That’s quite a specialty!! She is passionately devoted to her tea and it shows in the writing.
Another beauty is The Half-Dipper. As I have been doing more reading on Puerh tea I now understand more of the references to various types of tea cakes and the factories where they are produced. Ah, yet another field on which one could spend a lifetime of study… which is why I’m recommending you to this great blog if you really want to learn some interesting things about tea and have your eyes pleased by wonderful images at the same time.
There’s even a live journal Puerh Tea Community for those very serious about Puerh tea. Following some of the comment strings is very enlightening – and makes it clear both how much there is to learn as well as how difficult it can be to get straight answers about Puerh!
And there are more! …but I think that will do for now. By-the-way, the above is a basket fried green tea ready for the water to be added. Don’t forget to let your water cool down after boiling to about 90 C in order to enjoy the best flavour for most green teas. These leaves have a particularly interesting flat appearance due to the special basket frying method of processing. The flavour was fresh but subtly smoky. I’m not sure that it will be one of my favourites despite the pleasant visual effect.
Just a quick doodle today. New changes in my work schedule may alter how often I can update in the next while… a new job with lots of new things to learn – a good thing! but on the other hand it may be stressful and draining…
In the meantime, if you’re looking for something of quality on the web… Those of you into webcomics may have already discovered The Meek. Here’s a new fresh webcomic for those who are worried that the best ones (like Anders loves Maria) are winding down. Be warned that although there is nothing questionable about their taste, these two webcomics are both NSFW due to occasional nudity.
The people conferred. “Well, we’ve never had an absolute ruler before but we guess that anyone who can deliver us from such a terrible plight would surely be a benign and kindly dictator! And besides we did promise – so – we accept.”
(Now, no one is to make fun of his kingly bonnet… I mean crown… lol)
“I have a better idea”, Houyi said. “I think it could be fun to be king!… You know, absolute ruler,” he explained, since the people were looking a little confused by the concept. “That way you can give me gold, gems, delicious meals and so much more for the rest of my life!”
Now that Houyi had solved the problem of too many suns and the burnt earth was beginning to heal, he went to collect the prize (of his own choosing) from the people. “What do you wish?” “Gold or gems?”, suggested one. “Delicious meals for the rest of your life?”, suggested another…
Well, this image took a little while – I wanted lots of detail and people in there. The other reason is that my life has become unsettled for work reasons and so it’s harder to concentrate on this. However, I plan to keep it up and definitely to finish the rabbit on the moon story! Hopefully I’ll be able to make my updates more regularly… stay posted!
Well, yes I know I posted these images separately but I was pretty pleased with how they turned out formatted onto one page. Also, since I have been posting other things for a few days, I thought a recap was reasonable before starting up again! The same page was just posted en français on le 12!
Images and text version (cc) 2009 Hilary Farmer, page layout Maxime Dallaire.
Just a quick post today. We just returned from Thanksgiving in Ontario. The drive back was luminous with dark clouds ahead and the sun behind lighting up the foliage. It was quite dramatic. The traffic was actually quite heavy – but as you might notice – drawing cars is not my thing!