Summer Time, Moving, and Tea!

Summer time, moving, and tea are a perfect trio! Warm weather and less chance of rainfall to soak your belongings while they are being carried from your house to the moving van is a good thing. And a few gallons of iced tea is perfect to keep you hydrated during that process. For you purists (like me) who prefer their tea hot even in Summer, there are other options, as I saw recently in an episode of that classic British TV series “The Avengers.” But there are other options, too, detailed below.

Classic British series “The Avengers” with dapper Agent John Steed pulling out a full afternoon tea spread from the big satchel on the seat beside him, complete with tiered tray of goodies, for sharing with Mrs. Emma Peel.
Classic British series “The Avengers” with dapper Agent John Steed pulling out a full afternoon tea spread from the big satchel on the seat beside him, complete with tiered tray of goodies, for sharing with Mrs. Emma Peel.

While Spring is historically a time of year when people think of deep cleaning their house, Summer is more the time for selling it and moving to a new house. The kids are usually out of school, so they can be put to work packing and hauling (kidding!). Actually, they don’t have a major interruption in their school attendance and doing that homework by the fuss of a big move, especially if it is across the country.

If you’re moving to a new abode, don’t forget to take some tea along for the ride. Moving can be a very thirst-inducing activity. Trust me, been there, done that. A lot.

For you drinkers of bottled tea (also called “RTDs” or “Ready to Drink”), the solution is simple: stock up. Duh! And there are lots of brands out there, from Lipton, Nestea, Snapple, and Arizona, to lesser known brands like Numi, Suja, and Peet’s Tea. There are even celebrity brands by Arnold Palmer and Rush Limbaugh.

The rest of us who want to stick with freshly steeped tea need to put forth a bit more effort. That can be as simple as carrying along a package of your favorite tea to as complicated as toting your Tea Princess Kit, your gongfu tea time equipage, or a whole box of everything for tea time, including an electric tea kettle and some jugs of water. Hey, if John Steed can do it…

For a Fairly British Style Moving Tea Arrangement

Steed puts the finishing touch on that afternoon tea: the tea!
Steed puts the finishing touch on that afternoon tea: the tea!

Being one who relishes her Assam tea, steeped a proper five minutes and served with a splash of milk and a dash of sweetener or even masala style, I find the British style arrangement most suitable. Of course, it will work equally well with just about any black tea. Here’s all you need:

  • A supply of your tea of choice.
  • An electric tea kettle.
  • A sturdy teapot of the appropriate size (since I’m usually steeping for hubby and me, a 4-cup pot is best) in a sturdy material (here’s where a stainless steel teapot is a great idea).
  • A strainer (unless you are a teabag user).
  • Sweetener of choice.
  • Some of those no-refrigeration-required non-dairy creamers (a bit of a sacrifice of taste is needed here under the circumstances).
  • A sturdy container to tote everything.
  • Some bottled water.

For a More Asian Style Moving Tea Arrangement

Since I tend to switch over to green, white, oolong, or pu-erh as the mood strikes me or my tastebuds demand, some Asian style implements are also good here. If you tend to follow a more gongfu style tea preparation method, you might want these things along to facilitate satisfying that urge for tea en route to your new home.

  • A supply of tea.
  • Either an electric tea kettle or a cast iron kettle (good for both heating the water and for steeping the tea).
  • A gaiwan or Yixing clay teapot.
  • Sipping cups.
  • Some bottled water.

When You Get to That New Abode

Loading all the bits of your life into a truck at one end and then out and into your new house/townhouse/apartment at the other end is more than a journey of distance. It is a journey of life. No matter how that new place compares with the old (bigger, smaller, older, newer, etc.), it will be a fresh space in your life that you will fill and in a way be filled by. The tea implements that traveled with you and that kept your tea hunger satisfied will also be one of the first things you will add to that new space. They will also be the ones that connect your past to your future. Give those teawares, therefore, a place of honor in your new home.

Safe journey!

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© 2015 A.C. Cargill photos and text

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