I'm back like that unsociable ailment that you just can't shift, no matter which balms and salves you rub in.
Imagine not having a gongfucha session for six whole months. Half of a year. 0.5% of a century.
It wasn't easy, but nothing lasts forever. With a feeling of great relief, we unpacked our teaware from the crates in which it had been stored during our house renovation. In celebratory mood, we baptised the new place with some of Prof. GV's eternally delicious 1986 Sunsing (grazie mille, and see you soon!).
Some days, you just have to drink the good stuff
During my six months of exile, wandering in the outer darkness, and for the six months prior to that, I've been accumulating pu'er in my office at work. In fact, it was beginning to make the old place smell rather good.
I recently moved out to a different office but, as fate would have it, my dear wife moved into the old one, and so the tea didn't have to move.
Yesterday, with our house renovation reaching a landmark stage such that tea could now be consumed on the premises (at long, long last), we brought it all back to the house (making a taxi smell rather pleasant in the interim), where it got to join the rest of our stocks:
There's no place like home
It's not quite finished, but it's home. The three boxes on the left (yellow, red, and yellow from top to bottom) are real spine-breakers, as each one holds about seven or eight tong. I still wince to think about moving them again. The plan is to get some shelving made to fit the alcoves such that we can dispose of the large plastic boxes, but that's a few months away.
Being a borderline obsessive-compulsive quantitative type, I keep records of which teas we have. It speaks volumes of testimony to my tragic nature that I spent two long hours cataloguing the newcomers. I can live with my flaws...
Anyway, it's great to be back! Thanks once again to all who sent me care packages in the interregnum, and thanks for your patience with me taking so long to send things out to you (Terje, in particular, has been on my list for several months; sir, I prostrate myself before thee).
Lei's mother is staying with us at the moment and thinks the pu'er quantity to be quite absurd, but I look forward to changing her mind!