When one takes to the etherwaves these days, particularly on Twitter, one reads an awful lot about the weather, from exultant cries of delight to pure bellyaching.
I always think these things are an interesting cultural reference. For example, some guy this morning said “Easter will be colder than Christmas this year”.
My obvious first thought was “Christmas is ALWAYS hotter that Easter. ” I mean, we are talking mid-summer versus mid-autumn. What a daft tweet.
And then a millisecond later, it occurred to me that this person didn’t live in Adelaide, South Australia, as I do, with one of the most agreeable climates in the world, but somewhere else, like the Northern Hemisphere, where they even sometimes get this stuff called ‘snow”, which I have been assured is a real thing.
This time of year, as we have the air conditioner off for the first time in months, I keep reading about how people are looking forward to iced teas and summer drinks. In the same way, as we head into summer in October and November, all I see is people claiming that the approaching cold is an “excuse” for a lovely, milky chai.
Quite frankly, what is wrong with you all?
Seasonality is gone. All day we have conversations where one leg is in sleet and one is in the tropics. People who have never seen snow exchange thoughts and ideas with people who vaguely remember the sun.
And yet, so many people let the weather outside the window dictate whether they drink a steaming Harmutty Assam Golden Lion or an iced Buddha’s Tears.
I say: stop this nonsense now!
I can’t argue that if you are hot or cold, a tea of the opposite persuasion might well be a great idea. In summer, there is genuine desire to drink iced tea, and certain teas ice better than others.
But I don’t understand the idea of putting away some teas entirely.
Some people objected when we had some photos taken for our site last year. They were “all wintery” and “we are coming into summer’ . Apart from the fact that here is Australia we were heading into winter, ask yourself this:
“If a cup of tea looks good in front of a roaring fire which makes you hot, why is it not good when the burning midday sun is making you hot.”
So break those boundaries. If someone says “it’s hot, would you like an iced tea” , be a rebel. Say “ No thanks, I’ll have a Margaret’s Hope SFTGFOP1 Autumnal, Second Flush, and a crumpet if you have one”. Sit around a winter fire drinking iced Jasmine tea. Greet the summer’s dawn with a milky chai.
You are the Captain of your Soul. Mother Nature is not your Tea Sommelier. You are a Tea Drinker: the finest creature this planet has to offer. So act accordingly.