On the hottest days, animals pant gently in the shade, children grow fractious, insects drone, everyone is enervated until the cool of the evening. No one eats anything, except fruit and ices. But tall glasses of cold drinks, tinkling with ice, floated with fruit, sucked through straws, are endlessly welcomed. Iced lemon tea. Iced coffee. Milk shakes. Homemade ginger beer, lemonade, elderflower or red-or black-current cordials, topped up with soda or sparkling mineral waters. Summer punch."