This past weekend the lovely Tang family from Beijing China spent the morning with us. I work with Mr. Tang, who has been here for a year. He brought his family this past December and they plan on being here for another two years.
Professor Tang wanted to show his wife and daughter what blueberry plants looked like as well as our chickens. He told us of the many good benefits of blueberries.
He also was able to tell us some of the benefits of Chinese medicine. One thing we talked about was the great value of the Ecninacea (or cone flower) which I have growing around our swimming pool. Purple flowers.....
And white flowers, but both Echinacea.
They were fascinated by the hens and we talked about what we feed them, how we raise the chicks and Catherine, their daughter got to collect eggs. His wife told me of the many benefits of chicken soup, many the same as in our culture. Did you know that you need to drink chicken soup after having a baby in China to rid your body of impurities and heal quicker?
The Tang's came bearing gifts. This is a beautiful traditional screen from China with the fours seasons painted on one side which represents the fourth step of rhythm in the nine steps to Feng Shui. On the back are the four flowers/plants important in China; the plum, chrysanthemum, orchid and bamboo which are popularly know as the "Four Gentlemen," for each is said to embody the noble qualities of the ideal Confucian gentleman-scholar. The second thing they brought was Chinese tea but of course it is in Chinese and I can't read it. I will have to ask him the type when I see him again.