This year I am unable to attend the World Tea Expo 2014 in Long Beach, California.
I am saddened not being able to connect with all the special people who share my passion for the leaf.
Several of us, not in attendance, are commiserating our absence and are feeling mixed emotions viewing all the exciting photos of the event.
This yearly event has brought together persons from around the world to enjoy endless cups and stimulating conversations.
Last year, as part of the Tea Bloggers Roundtable, we were graced with the presence of two very special persons in my tea circles, Lord and Lady Devotea. They traveled great lengths to attend, Australia being their home.
My first interaction with the dynamic duo was at the reading and book signing. Robert Godden, The Devotea had just published his book The Infusiast, diatribes from the devotea.
When we arrived at the location I felt exhilarated about the upcoming encounter and as I stood on the porch greeting others I knew. I could hear the Aussie accent coming from the house interior. After a brief moment he appeared in the doorway, the master tea blender who created a line of my most favorite teas. Our greeting was warm and heartfelt and for me, réalité complète.
I was quickly ushered through the portal and introduced to the gracious Lady. Immediately I surmised that the love Robert has for this beautiful Lady is reflected in his blends. One offering, limited edition, I purchased recently for Valentines’ Day stated it clearly.
He also has written many posts that reflect his devotion.
Today for me, and yesterday in Australia was the Ladys’ birthday I sent this virtual card to recognize the day and am wishing her many years of health and happiness.
So we are not at World Tea Expo 2014 and I must admit I truly miss being there. I am glad for all those who are able to attend, even for a short stint, Lazy Literatus.
Thank you Naomi Rosen, moderator of Tea Bloggers Roundtable and the distinguished panelists, Chris Giddings, Jason Walker, Linda Gaylard, Jen Piccotti, Nicole Martin and Gary Robson for offering to share their expertise.
Missing you all.