Braving the outdoors for tea time! (Photo by A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)

Braving the outdoors for tea time! (Photo by A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)

It’s Summer. You are probably spending a lot more time outdoors than you do in Winter. Hiking, boating, riding bikes, swimming… and enjoying tea! I have here a few do’s and don’ts that will help you enjoy that tea outdoors a bit better. At least, I hope they will.

1 Do Beware of Insects

Summer is sweet tea time for many folks. And for others, sweet tea is a year-round event but in Summer they get to enjoy it outdoors. The “sweet” in sweet tea usually comes from sugar. And that makes it attractive to certain critters, including bees and wasps. So a covered cup is a good thing.

2 Don’t Worry About Spills

A great thing about eating and drinking outdoors never seems to get mentioned: you don’t have to worry about spills! Well, not most of the time. And this is especially true of tea. You can certainly shed a tear over spilt tea, but you won’t need to worry about carpet stains, tablecloths ruined, etc. Your deck or patio are another matter.

3 Do Bring Enough to Share

Tea tends to draw a crowd. The sight of you swigging (and hopefully not spilling) your iced tea, sweet or not, will naturally attract attention. Be ready with a bit extra. Having some to share is always a friendly gesture.

4 Don’t Overstay the Tea

When the tea is gone, your time outdoors should be done. You need to go back inside the house or a store or a tea shop and get some more tea. It makes the great outdoors, with it myriad trials and tribulations (biting critters, rocks that trip you, sun that burns you, etc.) much more bearable.

5 Do Come Back Outside

When you have more tea, head back out and be ready for more outdoor enjoyment!

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