Summer greetings to you! I know many are dealing with extreme weather and smoky skies, and my heart goes out to you. Our spring and summer days, thus far, have been dry, but mild in the main with only a few uncomfortably warm days tossed in. That may change at any time, but right now I’m feeling very fortunate. My garden is full of flowers, herbs and vegetables are flourishing, and my honeybees are busily bringing in blackberry nectar which will soon become honey. It is a rich and promising season.
Yesterday, July 2, was the 25th anniversary of my opening of what was then, Island Tea Company, my tiny shop in Freeland on Whidbey Island. Twenty-five years….. That is just astonishing to me. I had hoped my tiny business would survive for 10 years, and never dreamt it would become such an incredible part of my life. It hasn’t always been easy, or even profitable, but it has been deeply satisfying in so many ways.
Now, after 25 years it is time for me to gently and gracefully let most of my business go. I need to spend more time with family and dear friends, study more deeply and simply enjoy the natural environment in this lovely place I call home, explore new and old hobbies in the beautiful studio my husband built for me last winter, and I would also love to travel and see more of this incredible world. As has been said by others: time’s a ‘ticking and there is more time behind me than there is ahead. Truthfully, nothing dramatic will happen this year, for I ordered teas and herbs for the remainder of the year before making this decision and am quite fully stocked. Please order as you usually would. I don’t anticipate having any sort of sale until the holiday season, nor have I ruled out continuing to blend a very small number of teas and herbals going forward but do know my website and offerings will be greatly simplified. I am not sure where my interests may take me, and I’m making no promises other than to say I plan on writing about my doings on my blog and it would be lovely to stay in touch.
Many of our favorite summer teas are waiting for you on the website now. Iced tea is so easy to make and much better for you than so many other calorie laden bevvies. Stay hydrated, dear ones, and I wish you and yours a Happy 4th of July! Take care and be safe!