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It’s the world’s second most popular and cheapest beverage (after water), so shouldn’t you know a little more about tea? Tidbits has the goods on this drink, so listen up and learn! • Every day about three billion cups of tea are consumed around the world. In America, it can be found in 80% of households, and an estimated 127 million Americans are drinking it on any given day. Most of that tea comes from India, the world’s largest tea producer, processing about 850,000 tons each year.

• Tea as we know it is about 5,000 years old. Legend has it that a Chinese emperor discovered a good cup of tea in 2737 B.C. when some tea leaves off the tree into his pot of boiling water, producing a pleasant aroma. Tea became popular in Europe during the 1600s and was brought to North America by the colonists. Britain’s Duchess of Bedford is said to have created the traditional afternoon tea around 1840, when she needed a pick-meup to combat what she called “that sinking feeling.”

• When the British government heavily taxed the tea shipped to the American colonies, in 1773, a group of 116 men dressed as Native Americans boarded British ships and tossed 342 chests of tea overboard, about 90,000 lbs. (40,823 kg) worth. In today’s currency, that was equal to nearly a million dollars! Turn the page for more!

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• There are all kinds of tea – white, green, oolong, and black – but they all come from the same plant, the Carnelia Sinensis. The end product is determined by the processing of the tea leaves.

• While white tea skips the steps of processing (the leaves are just steamed and dried), green, black, and oolong teas all go through a series of steps. It starts with withering, when the tea leaves are spread out and dried in a warm environment, which makes them pliable. A rolling machine is next, twisting the leaves in order to release the flavorful natural oils. Some more expensive grades of teas are rolled by hand, resulting in a higher quality. The leaves then undergo an oxidation process, when they are spread out in a cool room. At this point, the tea leaves are still green, but as they take in oxygen they gradually turn darker. The darkening can be stopped by heating. Green tea is not oxidized, oolong tea is oxidized for a short time, and the dark black tea oxidation process, which takes about three hours, is uninterrupted. The chemical reactions that take place during oxidation are what alters the leaves’ color and flavor.

• While a cup of tea does contain caffeine, it doesn’t compare to the amount found in coffee. A cup of tea has about 40 mg. of caffeine compared to coffee’s 110 mg per cup. The lesser-processed green tea has even less caffeine than black leaves. But if you want a higher caffeine level in your tea, sip yerba maté, which has about the same amount as coffee. It’s made from the leaves of a South American rain forest holly tree, and contains 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, and an abundance of antioxidants.

• Herbal teas, also known as tisanes, aren’t really tea at all. They come from the roots, stems, and flowers of other plants. There are numerous types of tisanes, depending on what part of the plant they come from. Mint, verbena, and lemongrass varieties are leaf tisanes, while chamomile, hibiscus, and lavender are flower tisanes. Cinnamon is a considered a bark type, while ginger, Echinacea, and chicory are root tisanes.

• The invention of the tea bag came about by accident. In 1904, a New York tea importer was looking for a cheaper way to send samples to customers. Thomas Sullivan had been using tin boxes, but as this proved expensive, he

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diversification. Consider an orchard that contains several different fruit trees; its commercial benefits may be greater than a comparable orchard that only grows apples. Plus, the presence of a variety of trees can prove beneficial if disease strikes one type.

First of all, consider the vision and patience exhibited by tree growers when they plant their saplings. As an investor you also need this type of perseverance and long-term outlook. When you are investing you should be focused on the long term, yet be prepared for the inevitable short-term market downturns. How long is “long term”? Many investors hold quality investments for decades. It’s a long process, but the potential growth you seek will need this time.

As an investor, you don’t want to own just one type of financial asset, such as growth stocks, because if a downturn hits this segment, your entire portfolio could take a big hit. A better strategy would be to populate your “financial orchard” with a variety of investments — such as stocks, bonds and government securities — that are suitable for your situation.

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• Beatrix’ first income from her work came in her 20’s when she sold six watercolor paintings of her pet rabbit to a greeting card firm, which led to a series of other illustrating jobs. About this time, she began writing illustrated letters to the children of a former governess. It was here that Peter Rabbit had his beginnings. Seven years after she had written to one young child, she asked to borrow the letters, copying the illustrations into a rough black-andwhite version of a children’s book. • Beatrix sent The Tale of Peter Rabbit to six publishers, all of whom rejected it. She paid to have the book privately published, ordering 250 copies which sold immediately. The little volume caught the attention of the publishing firm of Frederick Warne, a company of three brothers who agreed to publish it if Beatrix would re-draw the pictures in color. The firm released 8,000 copies of Peter in October, 1902, and by 1903 had sold over 50,000 copies. • The youngest Warne brother, Norman, was assigned as Beatrix’ editor. It wasn’t long before a romance bloomed between the two. Her parents did not approve of the romance, and when Norman sent Beatrix a letter containing a marriage proposal, her parents forbade the union. Shortly afterward, Norman became very ill, and sadly, just one month after his proposal, he died of leukemia.

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• After the tragedy, Beatrix dedicated herself to her work, using her earnings to purchase farmland, where she raised sheep. A local solicitor, William Heelis, advised her on her land dealings as she continued to buy up local farms. Beatrix married Heelis when she was 47 years old, and the pair continued to purchase land, 15 farms in all. • Beatrix Potter wrote and illustrated 23 books in all, including The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, The Story of Miss Moppet, and The Tale of Tom Kitten. In 1921, the first Peter Rabbit books were published in Braille. Beatrix passed away in 1943, leaving a charming legacy that will entertain children for generations to come. Many of her childhood sketches, letters, and original watercolors are displayed in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

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How to make the most of a small outdoor space (NC)—You don’t need to have a huge backyard or even be an expert gardener to enjoy a green oasis or fresh produce this summer. According to Mark Cullen, Home Hardware’s Gardening Expert, even those with limited space have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors by following a few simple tips: Create Your Ideal Oasis The best way to maximize your small space is to determine how you would like to spend most of your time outdoors, whether that is entertaining, playing with the kids, relaxing, or gardening. Your answer will determine the layout and will help you prioritize which elements to incorporate. Great features for small spaces include folding or stackable patio furniture to maximize the area, solar lighting for ambiance, and a trellis for natural privacy and a sound barrier. Vertical Gardening Vertical gardening is a great way to maximize space. Plant stands and hanging planters are useful for not only freeing up ground area, they also provide an eye-catching decorative element to your garden and minimize weeds. Planters can be used for vegetables and herbs – and if you would like an additional spacesaving solution, take a look at the Mark’s Choice Hanging Tomato Planter. It is true that 90 percent of the success of plant health is the result of soil nutrition. It is therefore worthwhile to invest in a high-quality soil mix specially formulated for use in containers to maximize plant growth. Water Plants that are not rooted directly in the ground and are exposed to direct sun and wind usually need water more often. Invest in the Self-Watering Patio Planter - designed for growing plants in tight spaces, this planter will ensure your plants remain hydrated even when you are away. Another space-saving option that will help keep your garden healthy is the Mark’s Choice Self-Draining Clear Hose, which shrinks to a third of its width after use and is freeze proof and kink resistant. More information is available online at www. homehardware.ca/gardening.

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reduce the swelling of a sore throat. It’s also well known that chamomile tea is a relaxant and is a natural sleep aid. • And it’s not just the human body that reaps the benefits of tea. It’s a great fertilizer for your roses! Watering both indoor and outdoor plants with cool leftover brewed tea gives them a boost of nutrients. You can also stir brewed tea leaves into your garden soil.

• Tea experts warn not to use an aluminum teapot to prepare a tisane. Because aluminum is a reactive metal, they claim that it can react with certain plant types, and the result can actually be toxic.


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Bike to work each day during the week of May 27th -May 31st then celebrate being physically fit, as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with your fellow cyclists on May 28th. Cycle downtown and stop at the south parking lot of Summerland’s Municipal Hall for coffee and goodies on Tuesday from 7-9am. Chat with others and enter your name in a draw to win prizes. Baked goods are provided by True Grain Bread and the coffee is compliments of Backyard Beans. Don’t forget that helmet!!

Hit the open road with confidence (NC)—The arrival of warm weather brings about the excitement and possibility of vacations, long weekends and road trips. Every year a number of Canadians decide to forgo the stress of air travel in favour of exploring their country by taking to the open road.

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Once the car is road-ready, it’s time to get organized. For families this can be a monumental task, so leading retailer, Canadian Tire, says it has several storage solutions. Many are designed to tame car clutter and create extra room for road trip essentials like games, toys, snacks and drinks. Outside of the car, consider using a roof rack to safely store your camping gear and a sport rack so that you can bring along your gear.

To avoid any lost time consider investing in a GPS unit to navigate your way to your destination. You can find custom GPS units specially made for RVs.

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Always keep an emergency road kit in your car to help you stay safe during your road trip. It’s also a good idea to keep some tools in the trunk in case you get a flat tire. Ifyou’re changing the tire yourself,you’ll need tools such as sockets, wrenches and jacks to help you get the job done. For convenience, Canadian Tire tells us you can purchase complete emergency kits at your local store that also includes one free year of roadside assistance.

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First, it’s a good idea to have your car checked out by a certified technician, who will identify, perform maintenance and repair any issues your car may have. This step helps you avoid expensive or inconvenient repairs during your vacation.

Keeping the kids entertained – and to minimize the collective “are we there yet”—don’t forget the portable DVD players and a few of their favourite toys. And to keep the children clean and safe make sure you have properly installed car seats for the little ones as well as a good stock of wipes.

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The South Okanagan’s derby sweethearts, the Penticton Pistoleras, will start their 2013 season on May 25th, and they want YOU to be part of the excitement! Join them as they face off against the OKRD’s K City Rollers at McLaren Arena, 1350 King Street, Penticton. Doors open at 6pm, first whistle blows at 6:30. Fun for the whole family, there will be refreshments, snacks, vendor and merchant village, DJ, and of course, an After-Party! Tickets for this season opener are VERY LIMITED, so please get yours early (plus, you get two bucks off when you buy them in advance!) from any of the following locations • Sun City Tattoos • Fibonacci’s Roastery & Cafe • Tease Hair Studio • The Bike Barn • Your favourite derby girl! Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at door (kids 10 and under FREE!) A portion of the proceeds will go to charity, as SORDA supports the South Okanagan Women In Need Society

To make your trip as comfortable, functional and safe as possible, it’s best to plan ahead, get organized and make sure you have a few essentials.

INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Line two large baking sheets (I used two 17″ baking sheets) with silicon baking mats or parchment paper. Slice your zucchini on a mandolin. Mine had 1, 2, or 3 for thickness and I used 2. After you slice your zucchini, place the slices on a sheet of paper towels and take another paper towel and sandwich the zucchini slices and press on them. This helps draw out the liquid so it’ll cook a bit faster. Line up the zucchini slices on the prepared baking sheet tightly next to each other in a straight line, making sure not to overlap them. In a small bowl, pour your olive oil in and take a pastry brush to brush the olive oil on each zucchini slice. Sprinkle salt throughout the baking sheet. Do NOT over-season, in fact, it’s better to use less salt initially because the slices will shrink; so if you over-season, it’ll be way too salty! You can always add more later. Bake for 2+ hours until they start to brown and aren’t soggy and are crisp. Let cool before removing and serving. Keep in an airtight container for no more than 3 days. Source: Table For Two Blog

Get your road trip off to a safe start by taking the time to prepare your car. A little preparation ensures that you can travel worry-free and focus on fun.


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IT’S TEE TIME! Fore! Look out as Tidbits presents a few facts about the tools necessary for a good golf game. • The ancient Romans played a game similar to golf as we know it, but the modern game of golf was developed in Scotland in the 1400s. The first written record is that of a ban of the sport by King James II in 1457, calling golf a distraction to learning archery, which was necessary for national defense. • The official rules of golf state that a golfer’s bag may contain 14 clubs. A typical player will carry a driver, two woods, seven irons, three wedges, and a putter. The putter has earned the

nickname “the money club” because it is the one used to tap the ball into the hole. The first clubs were made entirely of wood, followed by wood shafts with iron heads. In the 1920s, steelshafted clubs came into play. Shafts made of fiber-reinforced composite materials were introduced in the early 1970s. • The earliest golf balls were probably made of wood. Golf balls in the early 1800s consisted of thin leather pieces stuffed with feathers. Those that were very tightly packed flew the farthest. More than 5,000 patents have been granted for various forms of golf balls since 1900.

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Those little indentations on the ball are called dimples and were first used about 100 years ago. Players discovered that damaged balls flew farther than new ones, so companies began manufacturing balls in different shapes trying to increase the distances. One ingenious fellow studied the ball’s path, and came up with the current dimpled idea. Today’s regulation golf ball has 336 dimples. • An official golf ball should not weigh more than 1.62 oz., and must be at least 1.68 inches in diameter. • There are about 32,000 golf courses

worldwide, with close to 20,000 of those in the United States. The country of Singapore has one course every 10 square miles, giving it the record for the highest per population density. England has one course every 27 square miles, and Scotland every 56. Yet some of the most populated areas of the world have no golf at all, for example, the Ukraine, whose population exceeds 47 million with nary a course in sight! • During a 1971 tournament in England, a 26-year-old golf pro named John Hudson achieved two consecutive holes-in-one at the 11th and 12th holes. Don’t expect to tie his record – the chances of repeating this are one in 67 million.

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