Seasonal Almanac

Minor heat: crickets come into walls (3 of 5)

January 13th, 2009

minor heat 8 of 15When we lived in Perth we used to go camping with our friend, Margaret. In the last few years we took to walking along the Biblimum track. For cooking we have a trangia mes stove while Margaret uses a pocket-rocket gas fuel stove. There is a certain rivalry amongst walking-campers as to which is the more superior form of portable cooking.

Recently though we conceded that the pocket-rocket is far more efficient and convenient if you want a cup of tea on a day walk (as proudly demonstrated by Margaret time and again). It’s light, it’s fast, and it’s quick to set up and dismantle. In line with our new year plan to explore the region, we decided to acquire one and make it an essential item in our pack.

We strolled along Wombarra beach at dusk tonight. It was windy but not at all cold. We stopped where the rocks were protruding ourtfrom the sand and sat down. We whipped out our kit, lit our pocket-rocket, put the kettle on, and had ourselves a nice cup of tea (and cake) while watching the tide comes in.

2 Responses to “Minor heat: crickets come into walls (3 of 5)”

  1. 1 Lucas in Petersham
    January 15th, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Hah. This makes me think about which is the “primary” activity? The walking or the tea?

    To an extent, what you are doing is not having a well-earned refreshment in the middle of a walk.

    Rather, the walk is a good way to create the ideal situation in which to enjoy your cup of tea.

  2. 2 jolaw
    January 15th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Well, to me the two go hand-in-hand. Now that I have indulged in this habit for a while, I find it difficult to comprehend how people can go for a walk without planning a tea break.

    When we were in Tokyo we bought ourselves a little tea flask (which we sadly had to leave behind because we couldn’t fit it into the packs) so that we could have tea on our riverwalks and other expedition. It always reminded me of how Lizzie takes a flask of tea on the South Coast train.