On a trip to a Kent vineyard last year, we learnt that one of the effects of global warming is that the warmer climate is creeping Northwards at a rate of several kilometres per year, one of the effects of which is that the South East of England now has precisely the climate of the Champagne region of the 1960s. No wonder English wines have a burgeoning reputation! Tenterden is the new Rheims; Chapel Down is the new Moët. This year’s wet spring and hot dry summer has reportedly yielded a grape harvest beyond the English growers’ dreams.
And after this oh so unusual long hot English summer, autumn is dragging its feet with its arrival and unseasonably warm weather continues. Last night, in mid October for goodness sake, we took an outside table at our favourite Turkish restaurant (A La Turka, Herne Bay), and sat in shirt sleeves on the seafront all evening. Unheard of, but we’ll take it.