First there was a wooden box with a big parcel with tea. Inside the box were also a folder in brown paper with lots of mandarin text (that says nothing to me). I immediately saw it as paper ephemera, lovely to use with my old swedish style fire crackers (not the glitzy ones you have elsewhere).
There was also a spoon thingy inside. A heavy piece of metal that you can paddle around the tea leaves with. The pattern on it reminded me of a dragons breath.Then there was another large parcel. A tea set, yay! I don't know much about tea ceremonies in china but they should be sipping it in small sips because the pot and the cups are tiny.
A plate with a tray on top was also following. I think it is suppose to keep the tea warm. The cups are hollow, I mean double walls, maybe for insulation.
I will not use this set for tea, not during this particular season. Instead I saw a perfect set for glögg (glühwein, mulled wine). The pattern is even a winterlandscape with red cottages, very similar to a swedish winter landscape exept for the asian twist of the houses.
I have my 40's birthday in 1½ half week, and my son is also having a birthday. I just baked some saffron buns, typical swedish christmas treat. I rolled them with a mix of sugar, vanilla and butter and white chocolate chips, they are darn tasty, I can tell. They will go right in the freezer, otherwise they will dissapear.
I have been working a lot to get sparetime for my seminars, I try to work 9-10 hours these days but it is exhausting. These weeks with no kids is almost only work and studies. There are some amazing moments though. A friday two weeks ago, I was the last one at work. The factory was dead silent and lights out, I think it's nice to walk trough the silent and dead calm halls. The factory lies by a big lake, some says it's Faluns most beautiful place to work at (well if you look outside the windows, it is). This evening I could only agree. On the backyard the lake was completely calm and showed me a mirror view of the amazing sunset. This photo is taken by my cellphone without any filters.
I have some rest to look forward too soon, and I love to study, so I'm fine with working long days.