This first of may, which is a holiday in Norway, I pitched my brand new tent in our garden. The manufacturer deliver their tents with unsealed seams, and leave it to the new owner to seal it. The best way to do this, is to pitch the tent and apply the silicon while it is standing. Also I feel it is a good idea to have tried putting the tent up once before setting out on a overnight trip where I will depend on it for shelter.
Anyway, why am I writing about this here? Well, I bought a wood stove with the tent. The stove serves two purposes, heating the interior and supplying a source of heat for cooking. I figured it can also be used for chanoyu. After adding two small pieces of wood, my little brother and myself sat down to wait for the water to heat.
I brought out my chabako and we enjoyed two bowls of cacao each. My brother is not a fan of usucha, which he has had only once before, but cacao, that he loves. We had a very enjoyable time. Next time is going to be somewhere in the Norwegian mountain, but I believe that I still have to use instant cacao powder if I want my brother to join. I figure that there is precedence for this in tea history, as Hideyoshi commanded everyone to attend his great tea gathering even if they did not have any tea and needed to use rice instead 😉