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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

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I rarely drank tea until we moved to Alaska. Yes, for obvious reasons....it is so darn cold here. It really started when we met Peggy. She was a little old Yupik woman with broken English and a smile that won our hearts. She lives in a little bush community in the Bristol Bay, you have to fly or boat in. She has lived in small villages all her life and he has great stories to tell.

You would walk in her door and she would say, "Get some dope tea and sit down!" She called it dope tea because it was Sleepytime tea and she swore it actually made her tired. She was a hoot!

She had a little tea station on her counter with tea, sugar, and spoons. We missed her so much when we moved the road system that I made one too. My family and I will get a cup of tea, or cocoa and sit around telling our own stories.

17 comments:

  1. what a lovely story...tazo is a fave of mine too

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  2. I've never tried it...but will definitely pick some up next time I come across it...lovely story!
    Char

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  3. tea is for conversation to me...love this

    I watched part of the series of the Alaskan HP on National Geographic. Do you know which one your husband is in?

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  4. what a perfect shot...calm!

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  5. Enjoyed the details of your memory. What a great connection to your photo.

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  6. nice story to go along with your photo. thanks for sharing!

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  7. Isn't it neat to have someone special like Peggy? Wonderful tradition you've started...

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  8. gorgeous shot and I love the story to go with it. wonderful.

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  9. Awww, I loved hearing your story. People with such strong character are awesome! I would love to have some "dope tea", ha ha ha.

    Beautiful shot.

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  10. That's a nice reason to take up drinking tea.

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  11. Loved the story and the shot, a good reason to keep warm.

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  12. Tea always warms me and drinking Sleepytime tea may not physically make me sleepy, but the ritual of it relaxes me enough for sleep.

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  13. She sounds like a sweetheart... and I love seeing this little bag of tea making itself at home.

    :-)

    (((hugs))),
    me

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  14. Char...he will be on National Geographic on Oct. 21. I am excited and nervous to see it.

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  15. I love this shot!...and I love the story...

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  16. What a fun story! I'll think of the phrase "dope tea" the next time I break out the Sleepytime tea.
    :-)

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