Last weekend, we went to a tea plantation -- the only one in America! I didn't realize that this hot, humid climate is perfect for growing tea. I was thinking of the foothills of the Himalaya, but it gets plenty hot there. I willl be planting a bush this fall. If I could be any kind of farmer, I'd want to be a tea farmer. That's because tea has no natural predators. So no need to spray with pesticides or what-have-yous even if you grow it on a large scale.
We had a great time sampling the teas and I took lots of notes on the tour. Why, of course, I'm going to write it up for a magazine :) You know shorts are my biggest distraction from the novel-writing, right? And what better way than to curl up in the branch of a giant oak to do so ...
Some of the books I have enjoyed recently, which I read on my back porch (not this giant oak below) are: A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly and Emily's Fortune by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. And I'm loving Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. All historical fiction. I enjoyed NL for its complexity, EF for it's rollicking good fun, and the voice in CNV is AMAZING. I trust this author to spin a yarn so good even the Gestapo will buy it.
Anyway, this tree is the largest and oldest oak on the East Coast, only a few miles away from the tea plantation. What a beauty!
On our way home we got caught in a thunderstorm. You can be sure we prayed our Hail Mary's. We were so glad to be home to watch some Olympics (I still remember we did not have a TV for the last set of games, so we are enjoying watching a few of the events -- swimming, diving, gymnastics).
I have some great revision notes to ponder from my writing friends. Thank you! I wish I could just hole myself in my office for the next two weeks to make the final round before I send it out, but we have less than a month off from school, so we want to know this beautiful lowcountry better. Hard to believe we've been here nearly a year. Living here has exceeded all my expectations regarding the people and place. Thanks be to God.
Have a great weekend, all. And get outside ... even if it's hot and humid. Have a picnic. Catch a storm. Steal a kiss.