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Becky: What I’m going to do today is slightly different. The TeaBike is actually been on quite a lot of adventures this summer, it’s traveled around Devon. It’s been up to Bristol on the train. So we’ll say, cycled across London and can’t say, it’s been to a lot of places, and it’s hot tea with a lot of people. And yes this is—come back 2007, which is where it was made and launched.
I met her and she told me that when you meat a prawn, you should give it a squeeze, have a smell and that’s kind of really a good way of getting to know whether something it’s going to be good to eat, because a lot of —it’s about kind of using our senses, something that we don’t do so much anymore and then often the smell is really disgusting or it isn’t good to eat or it might be that its got a some really strong medicinal —but it’s not something you want to say have in large quantities.
And this time when you smell that I find that it’s really sort of placing —. Very much to eat. It’s definitely not for tea. I know that you need to dry them to make them into tea. I tried to make them just crush mint tea and it doesn’t really taste so much, but if you dry them, then it’s more than —.
This is—I’m showing you a native crumble very quickly but you can use the leaves to make a tea. And like I said that it really taste much better if you dry them first, take the spikes out and then they make a nice tea.
For the project, for all the journeys that I’ve made, I’m making an archive of tea bags, so each place I go get a teabag and this is just to see there’s some from Britol and some from Devon so can have to 0203.
Male: How many different types of teas have you made? What do you think?
Becky: Right now because I—there are certain times we find it commonly, we find lots of it and I keep thinking and then at this time, I’ve just come across there’s more valley, so I probably tried about 20 different plants of 25 different plants, but then it was like different combinations of plants. And as I said, some of them are a lot of nicer than this.
Male: And what’s your favorite?
Becky: I really like variation of flower. It’s quite delicious one. I also really love Meadowsweets which it grows a lot around. Do you know what Meadowsweet is like? It’s like a white spray of—little bit like an — flower but it grows kind of 0254
Female: In the head rose.
Becky: Yeah in the head rose and you see a lot around in the early summer around, beneath the river. I also love mint tea and I’ve got a jar here or river 0307 mint which is collected 0309.
Male: So what do we got on the table?
Female: Alright, so there’s Meadows, there’s dandelions, there’s rose and rose hips, rosemary, there’s bay leafs, there’s fennel, there’s honey suckle, lavender.
Becky: What are these ones again?
Female: That’s Yarrow. I think the rosemary and lavender would be great.
Female: And I think blackberries and rose petals will be really yummy.
Becky: That sounds good, let’s try it up. I tried making fresh berry tea before and it was pretty strange but —, you know it’s a great idea. We remember one 0400 got such a lovely abundant fennel heads.
Female: Do put in a lot of rose petals.
Becky: I put in quite a lot that they have very strong flavor, I’d probably put all of them in.
Generally, you need to let them stick for a while to get the flavor. I’m really impatient and I kind of always put it in the once it right, but I always taste stuff especially with something like rose petal which doesn’t come through that strongly get to leave it for longer.
Male: What’s the first impression?
Beck: Now, by the two?
Female: This one is nice, rosemary and what is it?
Female: Can I try?
Female: Yes. Have one.
Female: Oh no, I’m sorry.
Female: You have your own.
Kid: Well, this is shortbread and lavender.
Becky: Is it nice?
Female: It’s really good.
Becky: My friend 0506 from South America telling me they got Mate because she’s been in Argentina and the way they drink Mate is like kind of really—do you know about—
Female: Well, I have an Argentinean friends in 0517 and they going over that there’s a whole kind of the way Mate is coming to North American society and then my friend say no, no that’s really specific. You have to be in a group and one person pours it and then it gets passed to somebody and you drink it until a certain sound is made through the straw and then you hand it back to the person, it gets refilled, they drink it then they hand it to the next.
Becky: It was very ritualistic but definitely and my friend was saying you can’t really sort of— you have to do it that way and you can’t say no, so it kind of makes you get quite high in this idea and you’ve been drinking kilos of Mate.
So I’m interested. Yeah, and I’d love to find out about the different places. I mean it’s fascinating that here in England you know it’s become tightly bit just to have black tea and I’m intrigued and is this when that transition took place because you know—
People wouldn’t drink a lot of— well, medicinally people would drunk a lot of plats right here. I guess instead of tea as basically 0618 we’ve been not be able to—as a social ritual above then have teas.
Female: I just how tea hasn’t got like caffeine kicks—
Becky” No, it’s probably but the plant knowledge would have been here because people use them as a medicine, you know all the 0633 of the new pharmacies and you would know that if you had a palliate, you’d use this one and if you have a headache, you’d use that one.
Female: So what taste it—the impact of it, why is that you as much as that you really doing it for?
Becky: Well, what I maybe interested in is that like human’s connections to plants. The relationship of plants and knowledge or lack of knowledge about them and in the 50s I think it’s really fascinating because they are so much stuff all around us and okay some of it you wouldn’t want to taste because its probably covered in 0702 , so right next to this right.
But there’s just this massive amount of abundance and stuff that you could use and stuff that’s good to your health and stuff that you know tastes really good and has loads of nutrients in it and people just completely don’t see and I, you know I’m just learning and I’ve really been amazed, the way it changes the way I look around me, that when I’m on a ’ journey now, I’m constantly hunting with my eyes for different shapes and colors and smells.
We start to recognize things we didn’t know before and now that I you know when I was on the cycling in Devon and this camping it was like you know it’s really great to know that we don’t have to try and find a shop anymore like we had something immediately around us, it would be easy and have a hot drink and—that I, yeah just—it’s really for me it’s about learning and always have that having conversations with people when you share tea and then people like you know even today people have already told me their stories about experiences and knowledge about plants or things that might 0759.
So yeah, I want to continue doing it and compiling that. Another thing that I’ve been really and kind of struck by for doing this is the way that it makes me slow down and say, “I’ve been really, really slowly cycling the course or just walking with my bike because it just say much to seal the time and stop and pick and you kind of—actually a bike is the best things 0822 with because you have the hands, that’s always like lean up and then we’ll say to stop and have tea with people and it takes long time to make tea with my kettle and I have to get the fire going and I have to make it and now that its stiff and then you have to drink it and the other things is it stays a lot longer, but it’s really fast time because you know that everything is just literally from the environment around you. So yeah, I think the taste of it, it’s something I’m really enjoying. And it’s been a really nice way to kind of I come at the end of a busy chapter in my life by doing a project that’s actually pushed me to kind of take them slowly.