4-Tea-C: My Own Tea B&W Film Developer Recipe

I've seen a rising interest on my tea b&w film developer post lately and realized that I never did post my recipe here. It has been a while since I actually developed a roll of film with it but this recipe worked when I did use it. Your mileage may vary.

Ingredients (to make 500ml):

  • 2 tea bags of each Red Rose orange pekoe, Tetley's pure green tea, Tetley's pure peppermint tea, and Tetley's pomegranate green tea (8 tea bags in total)
  • 2 teaspoons of washing soda (I used ARM & HAMMER® Super Washing Soda Detergent Booster)
  • 1000mg vitamin C (I used "King of Spice" brand Ascorbic Acid from Bulk Barn)
  • water

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№ 20 — Fisgard Lighthouse, British Columbia, Canada

Of all the light­hous­es I’ve ever vis­it­ed, Fis­gard Light­house in British Columbia is my most favourite one to date. When I think of a light­house I would like to live in, an image of this light­house would appear in my mind. There is some­thing very appeal­ing and, dare I say, very roman­tic about it.

His­tor­i­cal­ly, Fis­gard Light­house is the first light­house on the west coast of Canada. It was built in 1860 on Fis­gard Island out of mate­ri­als shipped from Britain. In 1950–51, a cause­way was built out to Fis­gard Island from the shore of Van­cou­ver Island at Fort Rodd Hill by the Cana­di­an Army.

We saw a deer at the park­ing lot of Fort Rodd Hill! You have to walk through the fortress to get to the light­house. The fortress was also pret­ty inter­est­ing. We learned a bit more about Cana­di­an his­to­ry there. It was a love­ly spot that seemed to be under-appre­ci­at­ed, but may­be it was only because we were there on a week day.

Iceland Road Conditions and Weather Information

So you have a road trip around Ice­land com­ing up but you’re not quite sure what the road con­di­tions and the weath­er will be like (the weath­er part will also deter­mine whether you need to pack your win­ter coat or not). The fol­low­ing web­sites are your friends and they will show you just what you need to know. We found them very use­ful dur­ing our vis­it.

Road Con­di­tions

For road con­di­tions, make sure you book­mark Veg­agerdin (Ice­landic Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion) web­site. This click­able road con­di­tion map is essen­tial. Don’t hit the road before con­sult­ing it first. If that’s not enough and you need to know what road con­di­tions are like in (almost) real-time, there are road web cams, ready for your perusal.
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№ 19 — Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Rebec­ca and I had been online friends for, like, ever. As in more than 10 years. May­be 13 years? She lives in Aus­tralia. She went to Canada sev­er­al years ago but was in the wrong part of the coun­try so we didn’t get to meet. She was final­ly in the right part of the coun­try last year in Octo­ber so I made a point to meet up with her. Even booked a hotel room so we could spend as much time as we could.

It was dark out when we final­ly met, but I would rec­og­nize her any­where, what with her blue hair and all. When I saw her, she was tak­ing pic­tures of the falls. I tapped her back and an awk­ward moment ensued. But then we hugged, had our pic­ture tak­en by my hus­band, and it wasn’t so awk­ward any­more. We had din­ner togeth­er that night.

The next day, first thing in the morn­ing, the four us (Rebec­ca, her friend Grace, my hus­band, and I) head­ed down to the Nia­gara River to take a voy­age under the falls on the Maid of the Mist. The Maid of the Mist boat tour was one of the items on my buck­et list so I was super excit­ed about being able to final­ly scratch it off the list, and even more so when I learned that we would be on one of the last voy­ages of the icon­ic Maid of the Mist from the Cana­di­an side. They’re replac­ing it with a mod­ern cata­ma­ran-type boat this year and you’ll only be able to take the Maid of the Mist from the Amer­i­can side. 

The boat tour was just as amaz­ing as I’d imag­ined it to be. I was expect­ing it to be a lit­tle bit scary, but it wasn’t at all. But even with a rain­coat on, I still got soaked from the mist. I was a lit­tle wor­ried that the mist would kill my cam­era because I just couldn’t stop tak­ing pic­tures and videos of the falls, but sur­pris­ing­ly it sur­vived! The pic­ture above was tak­en from the boat. I have many oth­er, bet­ter pic­tures of the falls but I just had to post this one just for the fact that it was tak­en from the Maid of the Mist. It was such a great expe­ri­ence and I’m so glad that I got to scratch some­thing off my buck­et list with my old pal Rebec­ca!

№ 18 — Seljalandfoss, Iceland

We went to Sel­ja­land­foss before tak­ing a fer­ry to Heimaey in the West­man Islands/Vestmannaeyjar in the morn­ing. We got there before tour bus­es from Reyk­javik start­ed to arrive, which was a plus because we had the falls all to our­selves. The minus was we couldn’t spend a lot of time there because we had a fer­ry to catch. I also didn’t want my clothes to be all wet and my boots all mud­dy on the fer­ry ride so I didn’t do the walk behind the falls. My hus­band did, though. But then again, he’s always been more adven­tur­ous than me. Sel­ja­land­foss is love­ly and all but it’s not real­ly one of my favourites in Ice­land.

I was unable to take pic­tures of so many Ice­landic attrac­tions in all their glo­ry due to the lack of wide-angle lens (the widest I could get with my micro 4/3 cam­era was around 40mm) and it was quite frus­trat­ing for me at times. For those going to Ice­land, if you own a wide-angle lens, don’t for­get to pack it. If you don’t own one, buy or bor­row one from some­one! You won’t regret it. The next time we go there, I am so tak­ing my DSLR with an ultra-wide angle lens. Sure it would be heav­ier to car­ry but it’s not like we’ll have to go on a long hike or any­thing. Most Ice­land attrac­tions are locat­ed right by the side of the road! Just one of the rea­sons I love Ice­land, being a wimpy hik­er and all. :-)

№ 17 — St. Lunaire-Griquet, Newfoundland, Canada

St. Lunaire-Gri­quet is a town near the north­ern­most tip of New­found­land. I took a pic­ture of this lit­tle ice­berg when we were on our way up to L’Anse aux Mead­ows, an ancient Viking set­tle­ment. Though it might seem lit­tle, you’ll nev­er know how big it is actu­a­ly under­neath. Such is the thing with ice­bergs. This ice­berg was not the only ice­berg we saw while we were in Newfoundland’s North­ern Penin­su­la. There were at least half a dozen more in dif­fer­ent shapes and sizes. The North­ern Penin­su­la is part of the so-called Ice­berg Alley. It’s more fun than a tor­nado alley for sure.

On our way back from L’Anse aux Mead­ows, we went to have lunch here at the Dai­ly Catch restau­rant. They served the best fish and chips I’ve ever had. I could tell that the fish was fresh. St. Lunaire-Gri­quet is an old fish­ing com­mu­ni­ty after all. The lady who served us brought us our drinks and men­tioned that it was not just ice in our drinks but pieces of ice­berg. We thought she was jok­ing so we laughed, but then she went back to the kitchen and came back with a plas­tic bag con­tain­ing a big chunk of ice­berg for us to take a look. She said her hus­band just brought it back from the sea this morn­ing. So it wasn’t a joke.

When I put a tiny piece of ice­berg in my mouth to melt, it didn’t melt very quick­ly. I’m guess­ing it was because ice­berg is much denser than reg­u­lar ice. Come to think of it, I might have had some microbes from hun­dreds of years ago in my body, thanks to those pieces of ice­berg in my iced tea!