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Jumping Bean Blueberry Tea

I look for products that are Made Right Here, in Newfoundland & Labrador. Sometimes, I am able to find them when I catch NTV‘s Danielle Butt on her weekly segment, Made Right Here. However, on this occasion I was at visiting Gros Morne Cabins and Endicott’s Convenience in Rocky Harbour. This business has a wide-retail selection of food items, convenience goods, camping supplies, crafts, tour options, information and some locally made products. I found Jumping Bean’s Blueberry Tea.

I enjoy the local berry teas, especially the ones I have sampled from the Dark Tickle Company, St. Lunaire-Griquet (one of our many Northern Pen Gems). You may purchase their product online by visiting www.darktickle.com.

This particular tea caught my attention as it was loose tea. Only a few weeks prior my grandmother told me how the tea they would get came in wooden boxes. It was loose tea leaves packed in a foil to protect it from getting damp. I’ve had loose tea before when I was in Egypt, but never prepared a pot myself.

I got a chair, my arms extended to the top shelf of the cupboard to carefully pull out a tea-pot that my mother received as a wedding present more than 30 years ago. She has an exceptional memory and told me the people who gave her and dad the present. It is remarkable! She remembers birthdays, telephone numbers and other every life events. If an elephant never forgets, my mother is like an elephant. However, that may be the only similarity as she has quite the petit figure.

I normally would have asked my mother how to make this stuff; however, she is not a tea drinker. I am not sure if she has ever had a cup in her life. My father, on the other hand would always have a cup of Tetley with his morning breakfast meal. Since this was my first preparation, I looked at the directions, which read:

Directions: Place the desired amount of tea leaves in the tea sac and twist the top to close. Steep for 4-5 minutes in freshly boiled water and enjoy!

Somehow, I feel the directions should be written with more structure to appease the novice tea drinker. I really had no idea how much of the stuff I should be throwing in  and what amount of water to use. Some recommendation would be nice, in combination with…. or as your tastes desires.

In the end, I must have done something right as my cup of tea turned out to be a hit. It had natural berry flavours that were silky smooth and relaxing. I look forward to another cup of tea with my raisin cake in the near future.

If you would like to find out more about Jumping Bean, you can visit them on the web at www.jumpingbean.ca. They also make a variety of coffees, which include East Coast Roast and my personal favourite, Newfoundland Screech!

If you have the chance, pour yourself up a cup of loose blueberry tea from Jumping Bean.

Live Rural NL

Christopher C. Mitchelmore

Musee du Louvre – Paris, France

 
Outside the “Musee du Louvre“, Paris, France
 

In November 2010, my mother and I travelled to Paris. Two rural residents of a village with 162 residents, hit the big city which has a population of 12 million people in the metropolitan area.

One of the first places we ventured was the Musee du Louvre. Below is an image of the dining room of Napoleon’s Apartments. The Richelieu Wing of the Louvre Museum features a  “Napoleon’s Apartments”. My mother and I were amazed by the lavish luxury enjoyed by Napoleon. The high vaulted ceilings, gold embellishments, fine pieces of art and unique pieces of French furniture.

 
Dining Room at “Napolean’s Apartments”

Venus de Milo

We walked for hours at this museum and certainly was unable to see the many impressive works of art. There are many hallways of paintings from French, Italian, Spanish and other world reknown painters. We enjoyed the section on Greek, Egyptian and Iranian  pieces as well. Another highlight was seeing the Mona Lisa. After much viewing we stopped for lunch at the museum cafe.
 
 

Chambers of Art and Antiquities

You can avoid traffic by getting an early start. You can avoid waiting in line for tickets by using the automatic ticket machines in the lobby. As well it is best to do your research. Find out in advance what are key areas of culture you are interested. You could spend hours in just one wing. We had a plan and thoroughly enjoyed the amazing wonders of the Louvre before spending the afternoon outside breathing in more of the Parisian lifestyle.
 
Live Rural NL –
Christopher Mitchelmore
 
 
 
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