I’ve decided to participate in a brilliant idea formulated by the gracious Miss Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog.
The Thursday Tea.
In these posts, I get to chat about two things I’m absolutely fanatical: books and tea. And I’m not alone. Others have followed Anastasia’s lead, including my dear friend Miss Beth Fish. However, please note that I am not a book reviewer like these fine women. I am an author who loves reading and sipping, so I’ll focus on those things instead. If you’d like to read how the Thursday Tea works in full, I invite you to pop over to either of these ladies’ Thursday Tea parties… after you’ve read mine, of course. Happy TT, lovely friends. I raise my teacup to you all!
Today, I’m traveling. Airports and planes are my favorite places to read. You’re in a holding pattern. The world is far, far below and there’s absolutely nothing anyone can do to reach you. No Internet (I’m too frugal to pay for WiFi), no phones, no emails, texts or Tweets. It’s just my book and me. That, in my opinion, is the perfect Petri dish for a reader. Losing myself in the fictional dreamscape is the best kind of medicine for flight nerves, boredom, awkward plane seat conversation and my restless anticipation to arrive. By the time the plane lands and the hatch opens, I feel as though I’ve already journeyed to an imagined land and back, and everything in reality is strange and new again.
Currently, I’m finishing my sweet friend Rebecca Rasmussen’s debut novel The Bird Sisters. So during my three hours of flight time, I’ll be in Rebecca’s Green Spring, WI–or at least my imagination will be. I hear the ending of this story is a heart-wrencher. I’ve purchased a little travel pack of tissues in preparation.
Since the TSA bars all liquids from entering through security, I’ve brought along tea bags for convenience. Starbucks always graciously provides me with a large cup of steaming water at no charge. So now I’m drinking a Red Rose Orange Pekoe, your basic black. The OP is a little bit bitter but thoroughly satisfying. From what I’ve learned of tea grades, I believe my current brew would be classified as a choppy (containing leaves of various sizes) broken (crushed to fit in tea bags) Pekoe from Indonesia. Within three minutes, my tea was a shade of light walnut and perfect for sipping. I’m grateful as this allows me ample time to find my gate and await my boarding call.
Sarah’s Sipping Summary:
This particular Orange Pekoe has the hearty, earthy flavor of my childhood tea parties so considering the story of Millie and Twiss (the bird sisters), I do believe it fits quite nicely! Off I fly with my book and cup!
Yours truly, Sarah