Busy Busy!

Busy Busy!

Holy cow! I thought that January and February were supposed to be the quiet months after the madness of Christmas. Turns out that there is no such thing in the wild world of small business ownership. Of course, it's partly my fault because I decided to start up a million small projects all at the same time. So here's a little update about what's going on over here at First Edition Tea Co!

India - Part 7 - The Power of Kindness

India - Part 7 - The Power of Kindness

There are some people you meet who you know are changing their part of the world and Suparna Bagchi of Harishpur Estates is one of these people. She is a force to be reckoned with and our whole group adored her immediately. Suparna invited us to spend the night at Harishpur and she showed us what she's doing with her estate that goes beyond just tea.

India - Part 4 - Monks, Mountains and Mist, Oh My!

India - Part 4 - Monks, Mountains and Mist, Oh My!

After a few days of touring Darjeeling's wonderful tea estates, we actually got a day on the town! Of course, just because it was our "day off" (ha!), that doesn't mean we were slacking. We woke up just as early as usual (aka the crack of dawn) and went for a nice breakfast and a walk. Even though we'd been in Darjeeling for days, this was my first chance to see the town.

Blending a Story - The Great Gatsby

Blending a Story - The Great Gatsby

There has been a bit of a theme with these books. Re-reading them as an adult is a profoundly different experience than reading them as a kid in school. I first read The Great Gatsby as a teenager and I remember thinking "That was pretty fun!" Lots of parties and glamour and a man who was just very in love and a bit too self absorbed for his own good. Re-reading it as an adult my reaction was "Holy cow, that was bleak."

India - Part 3 - Finding Paradise

India - Part 3 - Finding Paradise

On May 30th, I found Paradise on Earth and its name is Glenburn Tea Estate.

But first, we saw wild monkeys! We were driving along yet another winding Darjeeling road when we turned a corner and were greeted by a bunch of monkeys, including two tiny babies, swinging in the trees and feasting on corn. Some of them came very close to our car. Looking out into the trees we could see a dozen more, hanging out in the forest.

Blending a Story - Alice in Wonderland

Blending a Story - Alice in Wonderland

I never read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as a child, and after reading it as an adult I wondered what I would have thought of it then.

I saw the Disney movie version of the story when I was very young and I remember it frightened me. Alice was so lost, cut off from everything she knew and I was afraid she wouldn’t be able to get home. I couldn’t think of anything scarier than that at the time.

India - Part 2 - Journey into the Hills

India - Part 2 - Journey into the Hills

We woke up with the sun to the honking of car horns that heralds morning in Kolkata. Headed out into the unbelievable heat again and headed to the airport for another plane ride. A quick jump up into the air and back down again and we were in Bagdogra in the Darjeeling district.

India - Part 1 - Jet-lag and Insanity

India - Part 1 - Jet-lag and Insanity

From May 26th to June 7th, I had the incredible opportunity to spend two weeks in India touring Darjeeling and Assam with the Tea Association of Canada. It was a completely astonishing trip and it gave me the chance to meet so many amazing people and see so many things I never imagined I’d have the chance to see.