Maple tea…

Hi, so glad you dropped by, it’s lovely to have you here for our time together…have you got your favorite beverage & delicious treat ready….Are you in a comfy spot to relax, linger & reflect…

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Maple tea is my choice today, my daughter bought it back as a gift from a recent trip to Canada. I love baking muffins, so my treat for our time together is a Cinnamon & Pecan muffin Tasty treat recipes…, these are particularly delicious slightly warmed with a smidgen of nut butter.

The tea is a black Ceylon tea, flavoured with syrup derived from the sap of the Maple tree. I take mine with LF milk & raw sugar. As I sip, munch & reflect,  I am enjoying the unusual taste of sweet spice, nut earthiness & the aromas of the muffin & tea together. Mmmm delightful!

I think trees are wonderful things they give us so much, I enjoy watching the movement of the wind upon their foliage & I particularly like the fruit, flowers & edible delights they produce, like maple syrup & cinnamon.

Our backyard, has the most majestical Jacaranda tree, which covers our entire backyard with its canopy, of cool shade in our very hot summers. Then dropping its leaves during the cold winter months allowing the sun to give us a warm place to sit in the sunshine. In late spring it then comes alive with brilliant lilac flowers, slowly dropping them to the ground creating a lilac & green carpet upon the lawn! Simply, breathtaking!

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Trees have been created to gradually grow strong trunks, boughs & branches from seed, producing leaves, flowers & fruit. Their roots growing in the invisible depths below to balance what is visible above. Most trees have a main tap root to anchor it within the soil, while feeder roots branch out within the ground creating a network of supporting roots to balance & provide nutrition for the tree’s canopy above. The greatest test comes when the storms & extreme weather strike, as to how these supports help the tree to stand.

This Jacaranda, has been hit by some particularly severe storms, which has cruelly buffeted it, slamming it’s beautiful branches, leaves & flowers from side to side, pelting it with torrential rain & large hail stones.  It lost a few branches & many of its leaves & flowers, during those storms, but it held its ground. Its resilience in being solidly anchored firstly by its tap root then by its well nourished network roots, held fast.

Storms come to us all, its a part of life, how we weather those storms depends on how our roots are being continually nourished & what we have allowed our tap root to be anchored into. We need to ask ourselves are we continually nourishing ourselves with what is good for us or is it actually poisonous & toxic? What have we allowed our tap root, our precious souls to be anchored into?

My network of roots are in many areas which continually nourish me in body, mind & spirit; in healthy relationships, in interests that give joy & delight,  in the little everyday choices I make, in meditating & reflecting on the anchor of my soul. The Creator of the universe, whose nourishment has helped me to stand against the severest of storms. I may have lost some branches, leaves & flowers during the storms, but they have been replaced with a seasoned network for the leaves & flowers to bloom…

Well my tea & muffin are now delightfully consumed, until next time dear friend…

Jennifer

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28 thoughts on “Maple tea…

  1. I’m glad I stopped by via Brigid’s lovely blog! I live in Canada and have yet to purchase some Maple tea, after spending some time here, I think it will be my next purchase! Thank you for sharing this beautiful post and image of the Jacaranda tree, one of my favourite trees I often came across in travels to Mexico!

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    • Glad you enjoyed our time together Crista & thank you for your kind words.
      Joyful moments are definitely around us if we just take time to notice them.

      Today I saw some beautiful Rainbow Lorikeets (very colorful birds) sitting & singing in our Jacaranda. Then a Kookaburra landed on the clothes line nearby laughing out to its family! So joyful & precious gifts from above.

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  2. hello Jennifer that is beautiful, and I love the colour, thank you for educating me about the jacaranda tree. Those muffins sound delishus 🙂 I did not have any tea or treats right now but earlier I had a small bar of nut chocolate from a well known European supermarket with my regular black tea which I take with soya milk. Sending you well wishes dear, and thank you for following my blog. Much love across the miles 🙂 from Shar. x

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