A few minutes after five and it’s already dark. I miss the long daylight hours of summer. The day is always too short to do everything I want to do. Still, I make time for tea. But I’m not the sort to run around in circles with a mug in hand doing chores while I drink. Tea is meant to be enjoyed for its own sake — with a good book and/or music.
Today: Sergio Basurto on the harp and Te de la Casa in the cup. A couple of weeks ago I heard Sergio play (harp and flamenco guitar in San Miguel de Allende) Nunca en Domingo, La Borrachita, Las Golondrinas... and I brought back CDs and tea leaves from my favorite places.
The Te de la Casa is an herbal blend that grows in the gardens of the lovely Posada Corazón (inn of the heart).
The herbs: Estafiate, salvia, cedron, toronjil….scents of sage and mint and lemon. Estafiate goes by several names — white sagebrush, Mexican wormwood, prairie sage — and is used as a medicinal herb to treat pain, malaria, diabetes and other ills. The name salvia, first described by Pliny the Elder, comes from the Latin “to feel well and healthy” and cedron and toronjil are both “lemon” herbs — lemon verbena/lemon balm — used to flavor or add fragrance to food and essential oils. The lemon herbs have also been used in the treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and nervous system. Whether they cure any ills or not, they make a nice combination, both for the scent and taste.
The herbs at Posada Corazon grow in small patches amongst the flowers and fruit trees.
Ahhh, the places one can go with a cup of tea and the song of a harp…
“Cultivate interior life as though it were a garden sanctuary. Give away what you can. Squander your love.” ~ Frances Mayes, Every Day in Tuscany
“What matters in life are those things contained in moments as fleeting as lightning.” ~Elena Santiago
“The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.”
Tea, flowers, music…what small, everyday thing are YOU passionate about?