"The first bowl sleekly moistened throat and lips,
The second banished all my loneliness
The third expelled the dullness from my mind,
Sharpening inspiration gained
from all the books I've read.
The fourth brought forth light perspiration,
Dispersing a lifetime's troubles through my pores."
- Lu Tung, Chinese Poet, On Drinking Tea
"Tea with us became more than an idealization of the
form of drinking; it is a religion of the art of life."
- Kakuzo Okakura, The Book of Tea
Karen and I had the entire week off from our normal jobs this past week. We used the time to work in the garden, accomplish numerous household chores and home improvement projects, play, read, exercise, and sip some tea outdoors many times.