| Life | Closing Windows

The weather has turned quite miserable in London. The rain is relentless, the temperatures have fallen and the leaves seem to be turning already though it is still August. I am feeling quite hard done by as I was rather enjoying the warmth of summer. 

My summers are usually refreshed by copious amounts of ice-cold mugicha (Japanese roasted barley tea) but this summer I went crazy over Oksusu cha (Korean corn tea). Oksusu cha is an infusion of roasted corn kernels it is naturally sweet, light and so refreshing when drunk either hot or cold. I've heard that corn is packed full of Vitamin E goodness that promotes good health and skin. Both thumbs up for this!

Summer walks always feel more carefree. The lack of restrictive heavy clothing makes our saunters along the streets of London all the more fun. Of course we shall still continue our wanderings in cooler months but may need more tea stops to keep us warm along the way.

Grilling fish in our tiny shared outdoor space is another thing best done in summer. Nothing beats fresh fish grilled over charcoal and enjoyed with a splash of shoyu. 

Most of all, I shall miss having our windows wide open. 

Waking up and flinging open windows to let in the rising summer air always makes me happy.  I shall miss leaving the windows open all day long while I am working at home. I enjoyed burning sticks of incense on warm evenings by our window pane. It works wonders to keep the bugs at bay and allows me to keep dreaming of our adventures in Japan.

This summer brought us some dramatic sky displays of cascading sunsets and swirling clouds. Sadly it seems that our windows won't be remaining agape for much longer. This rain and chilly air is not welcome indoors!


  1. The chill in the air is back here, too! Although the afternoon highs are still very warm, during night time, it is too cold to leave the windows open for me. I'm pulling out the down blankets again for snuggling in while I DO have the windows open. That is a nice feeling, too. :)
    Koreans also drink barley tea (bori-cha). All these grain teas are so toasty and tasty cold or hot. Must make sure to brew some up this evening.

  2. Summer is coming down here, I'm not a summer person but thanks for reminding me about those little summer things! I've never tried corn tea, sounds interesting.

  3. The chill is coming back into the air here, too. Normally I would be lamenting it, but this year I must admit I will be mildly relieved when it is cool enough to close our windows... We have a neighbour who has taken to burning fires at all hours of the day and night, and a certain bonfire scent seems to have permeated my entire bedroom thanks to this, sadly. Plus, fall... sweaters. Boots. Hot tea. I do love it, I can't help myself.

  4. We haven't had much of a summer here in Northern CA either - not quite as miserable as yours in London, but not very summery.

    I haven't had Korean corn tea before. I'll look for it next time I'm at the Korean grocer. Right now, I'm drinking a cup of Chinese green (Huang Shan Mao Feng, to be precise). I always love encountering a fellow tea lover :)

  5. Have never heard of barley or corn tea - will have to investigate :) Being winter here still I'm itching to have what you guys have - summer is by far my fav season :)

  6. Oh sorry you're not getting summer weather still. I hope it turns around for you! And Oksusu cha. So so good.

  7. What a lovely tribute to summer.. I hope you've enjoyed yours.

  8. Never had this drink before. I love summer, i love the wind and the clouds. The weather has been up and down here, I will miss summer. Though I do like autumn at times, but summer is loved more. xx


Thank you for taking the time to leave a note, they are the stuff that keeps us going.