I was very happy to experience this point of Spring. The ground is blooming but many large trees are just starting to bud. Sunlight illuminates the bare branches and we see just how complicated and vast their networks are. For now we can still see through them, but in a few weeks they will be filled with blossoms and then leaves.
Share it with yourself and share it with others when you can.
Tea in Plänterwald, a forest in Berlin, with two good friends. I brewed a Chinese Yunnan (black) tea. The color of the brew complimented the surrounding colors. The tea cooled quickly allowing us to sip and easily enjoy a malty flavor, mixed with the aroma of a recently rained autumn forest.
A walk through Plänterwald, a forest in Berlin. October 2016
Berlin is known for it’s art scene, but not known for being a pretty city. Here I can escape the feeling of a city (just 20 minutes by bus from my house) and enjoy very natural art in a very peaceful way.
Peace in Plänterwald, a forest in Berlin. On this Sunday it was foggy and silent. The trees are still mostly green except for bundles of color here and there.
Today marks 3 years living in Berlin.
My collection of used tea leaves continues to grow. As I drink and share tea, then dry the leaves, I also take time to handle them as they move through each stage of drying. The mix changes over time as I consume teas of different types and origins. There is always so much color and texture to see and feel in the leaves. They remind me of the cycles, slow and fast, that we go through with having different people come and go in our lives, taking care of work and life duties, having fun, being down, and so on. Above all, I am happy to have my health, tools, and the right people in my life to keep going, drinking, collecting, and reflecting.
Thank you to everyone near and far, you have been part of it in some way.
And thank you for being a friend.