Wakei in the garden

This first of may, which is a holiday in Norway, I pitched my brand new tent in our garden. The manufacturer deliver their tents with unsealed seams, and leave it to the new owner to seal it. The best way to do this, is to pitch the tent and apply the silicon while it is standing.…

Denmark

This has been a crazy few months, but I have mostly my self to blame. I have booked a bit too many things. I have already been to Latvia, Sweden, Poland, Germany and now Denmark. As I arrived in Denmark I realized that I had forgotten to bring my waterboiler. So the first morning I…

Morning Tea #100

Today was the 100th day of morning tea. I’m very happy with this tradition and after one hundred consecutive days of tea I’m comitted to continue. Maybe 2014 will be the first year with tea every single day of the year. Todays temae was Bondate. A while back I started to do also the longer…

Valentine’s Day

Usually I’m not a great fan of the comerzialised American traditions that seems to grow in popularity in Norway. My wife on the other hand loves both Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. We have had Thanksgivin parties most years, but hardly any Valentine’s celebration. In the beginning my company always had a skiing trip around Valentine’s…

Morning Wife

I very recently changed jobs. As I had been in my previous job for a long time and it was step up for me, I felt it was a big deal. So I wanted to commemorate it. To do that, I got my self a new tea bowl. It’s a antique bowl that I bought…

The floating Teaparty

My goal for this year is to do Tea every day. Which means that I have to bring my utensils with me when I travel. Over the course of this year I expect that I will do Tea in some weird places. This is me on a cruise ship between Norway and Germany. I’ll try…

The cost of enthusiasm

In my very first post about morning tea I mentioned that I was all out of tea and had to delay starting the experiment until I could get my hands on some more.  I bought 100g of Shoka and another 20g tea intended for Hatsugama from Koyamaen. As I said earlier I intend to continue having Tea…

One week later

One week has passed since I started my morning tea experiment outlined in this post. Each morning I have been getting up about 20 minutes earlier. Instead of rushing off to catch the train for work I have been heading down to the basement for Hakobi Usucha, and only after that rushing off 😉 I have…

Morning Tea

In bed one night trying hard to fall asleep, and failing at that, I got an idea. Doing temae in the morning would be a great way to start a day. After giving it some thought I have decided I will try it try for a week. That is to start everyday with hakobi usucha,…

Chanoyu in the morning

In life I have found that there is always something that feels urgent, something that just has to be done at once. Chanoyu gives me great enjoyment and peace of mind, but it is never urgent. I’ll always be able to do it tomorrow, so that I can handle the urgent things today. However, when…