The ther­mal mug

Cather­ine Austen re­flects on the warmth-in­fus­ing prop­er­ties of a well-filled Ther­mos as win­ter bites

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“YOU have two legs and two hands — use them!” calls Jake as his 10am pupil’s horse to­tally ig­nores his rider’s mud­dled aids for travers.

It’s win­ter, so Jake’s yard of event horses are at home with their own­ers. Jake is fit­ting in as much teach­ing as he can in or­der to take his girl­friend — who does not con­sider a trip in Hol­land in Oc­to­ber (that is, Boekelo) to be a hol­i­day — to the Caribbean for Christ­mas. He quite likes teach­ing, but spend­ing seven hours a day stand­ing in an arena in De­cem­ber is damn cold.

His ther­mal mug, filled with “real” cof­fee un­til lunchtime and then de­caf in the af­ter­noon, is now an ex­ten­sion of his hand, and is topped up be­tween each les­son.

And last week­end his girl­friend dis­cov­ered a ful­l­length puffa-type coat in the mid­dle “aisle of ran­dom stuff” in Aldi. Jake jibbed a bit when pre­sented with it, say­ing he’d look like a yummy mummy do­ing the school run. Told briskly to get over him­self, and that all the top coaches and train­ers wore them, he ac­qui­esced and is a to­tal con­vert to its cosy charms.

His sug­ges­tion that he and the girl­friend wear them to watch telly in the evenings to save money on heat­ing bills in their freez­ing cot­tage didn’t go down so well, how­ever.

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