Tea In The Azores
How It's Made
Tea is made from the dried leaves of the plant “Camellia Sinensis”, a small tree of the Theaceae family. All tea comes from this plant and its hybrids. The difference in teas is based on leaf selection and processing. At Chá Gorreana only the top three leaves of the plant are used in tea production. The machinery grades the tea leaves as they are processed. The top leaf is used to make Orange Pekoe, the second leaf for Pekoe, and the third leaf for Broken Leaf tea. I am an Orange Pekoe tea drinker but did not know that it was made from only the top leaves of the plant.
Interestingly, black and green tea are both from the same plant. The difference is that black tea leaves are exposed to air and thus fermented. Our tour guide explained it this way, think of peeling a banana and leaving it exposed to the air, it blackens. Green tea is not left to ferment and is processed differently than the black tea.
I would recommend a trip to this tea plantation on your list of things to do on São Miguel Island.
Great video below with aerial footage showing the size of the plantation.
I had been meaning to browse around at a nearby yard sale held in a barn every weekend, but had never seemed to have the time to do it. This past weekend, having no particular events to be at I decided to check it out. I found a lot of interesting stuff and took a few photos.
It wasn't until I was editing and posting the photos on social media that I started to realize that some of this stuff wasn't of any value to whoever was getting rid of it, but there was some appeal for it out there. The Pharaoh got immediate attention, and the more I look at the photo, the more I think I will go back and see how much they want for it. That would look really good in my office.
The other item that got attention right after I posted the photo was the metal Gone with the Wind movie poster. Although I am not a fan of that movie, that metal poster would look awesome hung up in a room some place instead of sitting in an old barn.
There were also paintings, Two portraits of ladies that were $300, and one of some guy in a military uniform. I could understand someone buying the ladies portraits, they were signed and painted by someone of some degree of fame apparently, but nobody knew who the uniformed gentleman was or who painted him. To me that would be weird to display but what do I know? He did have nice hair though.
The Scenic Route
Sometimes you set out to shoot one thing and end up finding an entirely different thing to shoot along the way. That was the case on this Saturday when I was looking for a horse ranch and found this 1931 Model A Ford instead.
This beautiful 1931 Model A is owned by Percy Lindsay of Picton Ontario, and just happened to be parked along side of the road as I was taking the scenic route back from looking for something else to shoot. Percy built this car and used to take it to the local car shows, but hasn't done that in a while, which is why I didn't remember seeing it before. I was on my way home for our annual corn roast, and Percy was preparing for a huge family get together and had parked the '31 along the road to make room for parking. Glad I stopped to chat with him.