Thursday, 13 January 2011

tea plantation daydream

Recently read a really nice blogpost about a woman visiting a tea plantation in Ceylon. She had a great description of the whole ordeal and lovely photos. The blog was written by an American living in England, and she was describing a very relaxing and invigorating trip to see where and how tea is grown. Here's the URL if you want to see what I'm talking about: (

Her post got me thinking about a post I wrote last year in the dead of winter:


I know some tea drinkers who aren't that curious about the origin of their tea. Maybe a bit curious, but the thought of actually going and seeing where the tea was grown is the farthest thing from their minds. Not me. I really wonder what it's like there. I find out where a tea plantation is, and I search for satellite imagery of the area.

I fantasize about what it would be like to hike in the mountains of Darjeeling. I wonder how much of the tea processing they'd really let you see on a Chinese tea estate. I hear about the damage to the tea plants in Assam, and I wonder if the landscape is visibly ravaged.

So that's where my thoughts are on this mild wet winter's evening. I'm sure there are places where tea-pickers aren't paid a decent wage. Or where the tea is grown as just another commodity. I'm not thinking about those issues or places.

Instead, I'm on a plantation where they take loving care of every step of the process. Can't wait to take a trip like that Lady in London.


  1. I agree with you and this would be an interesting trip for me too.

  2. We can but dream..yes, some tea plantations are set in the most beautiful landscapes - would be awesome to visit. I've never thought of looking at satellite imagery to see where a particular estate is, but that must be interesting to do. If you have any aerial views you particularly recommend you must share!

  3. I am sure we can make it happen in 2011 :)