Picking Tea in Sri Lanka (& where have I been?)

Greetings all and Merry Christmas!

I’m ashamed to say my last blog entry was nearly two years ago… EEK. I wish I could tell you that I’ve been off travelling the world discovering all the tea – but that’s not strictly true. Unfortunately, I let life just kinda… get on top of me and I had a big ol’ burnout. Not fun at all – and if you’ve been there before or are currently there, I really do feel for you.

So, as a result it’s been a bit of a slow return to rediscovering the things I’m passionate about. So here I am, nearly 2 years later dusting the ol’ teacups off and ready to sit back, have a brew and get back to it.

The one constant in all this? No surprise… TEA! Of course. Where would I be without it? I often wonder. As I think I’ve said before – when I look at all the ups, the downs, and the lefts and rights in my life, tea genuinely has been one of the constants that I turn to for comfort.

Discovering Sri Lanka

Something I did do this year is realise a dream! I spent two weeks in Sri Lanka back in April and was fortunate enough to be able to visit several tea factories, and take part in the actual picking process, before watching my leaves being turned into real tea. One of the most surreal experiences of my life but the beauty of seeing where the stuff I drink so much of actually comes from, and the processes that are involved, really was an eye opener. Oh and the smells – how to describe the smell of a tea factory? Imagine you’re walking into a cloud of hot slightly mouldy tea smoke or something… it is both amazing, overpowering and a little bit off-putting! I’ll work on how to exactly describe it.

So it’s time to create my new years resolutions (again)…

  1. Write up the 3 blog posts from Sri Lanka I’d been working on! (January 2019!)
  2. Continue to learn everything there is to know about black tea!
  3. Maybe try and explore green tea at some point..
  4. To keep up-to-date with my projects!!

Let’s see how far I get…

Until next time,

Elizabeth c(_) xx