Our "tea house," at our home in Red Bluff, California, is hidden by weeping willows, eucalyptus and other trees and shrubs. The tea house is next to a small pond and gives a clear view to the west across the North Sacramento Valley to the Yolly Bolly Mountain range. These photos are from a Spring month.
I in the cooler months I drink more coffee than tea, and in the warmer months more cold water and iced tea.
"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
It is a nice quiet area to read, listen to music, write, and practice taijiquan. The shade is invaluable in the warm months.
Here is what the view to the west looks like in the winter. Just west of our fenceline is a low area were winter rain collects, then open grazing fields used by horses or cattle. About .3 miles west from our fence is a large almond orchard. Snow on the far western Yolly Bolly mountain range was down to about 2,000 feet on this day in January - a rare event.