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Noreen, Board Moderator

Eating al fresco!

Did anybody actually get to eat outside over the weekend? Seeing a little bit of bright (not quite sunny) sky on Sunday we managed to have tea and cake on the patio. Not exactly a long lingering lunch feeling the sun on our faces, we would have liked, but it still felt good to be eating outside.

What's the best or worst picnic you have ever had?

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Expat Badger

Eating al fresco

it was snowing saturday morning here (!) but by sunday afternoon it was lovely and we managed to squeeze in a glass of wine on the deck - not nice enough to eat out there though

i remember when my sis and i were young kids when we went shopping in Brighton in summer we always stopped at the side of the road for a 'car picnic' right on top of the Downs... all the windows open for a bit of fresh air

used to really enjoy them!

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jampling

Eating al fresco

Worst 'picnics'? I recall when I was a child my dad used to like to drive us to Southend some weekends, no matter what the weather was like. I remember sitting in a covered shelter on the boardwalk in the pouring rain, unwrapping foil packs to find equally sodden sandwiches inside that my mum had made.

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Honey

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Picnics were something we did as children perhaps more than in recent years. Loved picnics when we were in France and Oz because they are very civilised and have picnic tables at the side of the road. One of our favourite places for a picnic when I was a child was a place my father knew of near Leek, Staffordshire. There was a field (by a river) and in the field was a low, flat topped very big rock and it was perfect for putting a table cloth on and laying out all the food. It was just the right height for us to all sit around and dangle our legs. Absolutely perfect.

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Noreen, Board Moderator

Eating al fresco!

Of course, there was always the joy of fish and chips in newspaper, usually in the freezing cold and/or rain in either New Brighton or Blackpool. They tasted so good!

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JAMES

Al Fresco!

I don't really like eating outside, no idea why, but I just don't like it!

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SusanM

Picnic

The funniest one --does that count ? was when we took the boys potato picking and took a picnic . The heavens opened and we came back home and by instruction had it on the garage floor !!!

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jampling

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Over here, they have picnic tables with benches in all the parks. Many also have barbecues. The lakefront park beneath us is packed all summer with extended families getting together for day-long feasts al fresco.

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Gravy Queen

Eating al fresco

Nor we managed a very civilised gin and tonic outside on Sunday does that count?

We didnt go on picnics as kids, unless you count a bottle of water and some jam butties which is what we did. Those were the days when it was hot and we would just disappear out all day (just a big gang of kids no adults!).

By eck, tell the kids today, they'd never believe you.......

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Essex Girl

"Picnics"

GQ has reminded me of the blackberry and apple jam sandwiches my mother used to make for me to eat in the garden when I wanted to "have a picnic". Another memory, again with my mother, was going shopping to London from Stansted Station. It was so exciting - we used to catch what was known as The Workmen's Train because it left at 6.45 in the morning and it was cheaper. The night before she made egg and cress sandwiches to eat on the train. I remember the first one being out of the greaseproof paper as we were actually pulling out of the station.

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tubs

Picnics

We lived in Kent and holidayed on the north Kent coast, nowadays about an hours drive away, but in those days it seemed to take forever!
We always stopped half way for a picnic of egg and cress sandwiches and a Lyons fruit pie! Happy days.

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foodie

Eating al fresco!

Huh no! can't even get out in the garden, raining now still, lawn is like a field lol. That is the first thing to tackle before we eat al fresco. This weekend might be on the cards though....watch this space :-)....foodie.

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Noreen, Board Moderator

Eating al fresco!

GQ, I think your G&T definitely counts!

I also remember when you had to take a packed lunch on a school trip, I usually Shipham's fish paste, then when I was a bit older - Heinz Sandwich Spread, which was thrilling, it seemed so American!

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violet eyes

eating al fresco

I too remember the school trips,we went to London. We once had a trip to the London zoo and to the Commonwealth Institute. By the time the coach was out of the school gates and on it's way the packed lunches had been eaten and someone was always sick.
My favourite paste in a jar was the liver and bacon one but the others were nice too.

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Saffy

Eating al fresco!

No chance of eating out this weekend, though I did manage a portion of chips on my way back to the hotel late on Friday evening!

@Noreen - I loved the Heinz sandwich spread as a kid but wouldn't touch it with a bargepole now.

 
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