Well this week one of my friends met with an unexpected disturbance and she was on my mind a lot.
I wished she lived closer so we could sit and share a cup and wile away the hours drinking amazing brews to help ease her mind.
Well, in my attempts to send good thoughts her way, I imagined us having that special time.
In anticipation of her imagined arrival I unpack my best and favorite porcelain china teapot and placed two matching cups on the antique wooden table.
I envisioned hours of tasting and drinking so in addition to the traditional cups I set up my tea table with gaiwan and two white porcelain teacups as well.
These little white treasures are special when held to the light you can see right through them, lovely.
Now for the tea. I had asked her to bring something I have never tried to start us off, she seemed reluctant to part with it as she said she only had a small amount left and it may never be blended again, the ingredients are difficult to come by. I begged to try just a little and the gracious lady agreed.
The next choice would be a flighty Phoenix as I envisioned us drifting into unplanned topics that would probably revolve around tea. Our passion about the brew is undeniable.
My choice Phoenix Eight Immortals, knowing, the character of these leaves, would stand up to multiple infusions and enhance the lively conversation.
As the tea and tidbits flow, the time fleets by, I decide the final treat would be a pairing I just recently discovered.
Being a fan of good chocolate I came across a cheese I wanted to share with someone special (hope she eats cheese, a question I have never asked).
Small plates appeared with Wensleydale/chocolate orange & orange liqueur cheese bites, accompanied by mandarin orange slices and butter almond wafers.
This pairing was so memorable I knew this day would be one that would elicit smiles for years to come.
Alas, the daydream over, I wish my dear friend well.