Sunday, January 22, 2006

A Cup of Tea

“There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a cup of tea.”
Bernard Paul Heroux – 1900s Basque philosopher

And I have found this to be true. And lately I have a new favorite…Rooibos herb tea. It’s brewed from the leaves of an African shrub and is also called “Red Bush Tea.” If you remember, I mentioned before books by Alexander McCall Smith that are set in Africa. The main character, Mma Ramotswe, fancies a cup of Bush Tea every day. It smells enticing and has a fruity flavor with a touch of ginger and cinnamon. Thanks to the workings of a forward thinking business in Boulder, Celestial Seasonings, this bracing beverage is now being marketed as Red Safari Spice Tea. Try it.

Even if you are not troubled, it is a nice pick-me-up in the afternoon, especially on a rainy Saturday in Oregon after returning home from a walk in the mist with the dogs. Yesterday we explored the Springwater Trail, part of the Johnson Creek watershed. The Creek is the nemesis of many who live along its banks as it tends to burst its bounds on a regular basis. In fact we parked near the sand bag station and saw many families availing themselves of the free service.

The trail follows the Creek and goes from Hogan (my street) all the way to the banks of the Willamette and the Sellwood Bridge. Paved and lane-striped it is a bikeway and walking trail that is part of the Rails-To-Trails project here. Similar to the KATY Trail I hiked on in Missouri. During tax season, it is hard to get out during daylight hours so this was a rare treat for me and for the dogs as well. Little Buddy has benefited from the classes, and now heels very nicely as we hike along.

Now, at home on a gloomy Sunday, with football on TV, a puzzle on the dining room table, and a good book on the coffee table (The Kite Runner), a cup of tea is just the thing.


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