"Pic'nic, n Pleasure party including meal out of doors; (colloquial) Something especially agreeable or easily accomplished" Oxford dictionary.
I adore that meaning..it makes you want to sigh & set about planning your very own agreeable, easily accomplished, special little picnic right away.
A few months ago, back when it was quite chilly, I came across the dearest little book entitled "The Picnic Hamper" : "Ingredients mixed & served for Taupo Friends of Hospice"
A picnic is best set up near water, on the water, or at least affords a grand panoramic view of water. We New zealanders like to fish, swim, skim stones, play Pooh sticks & simply mess about in boats. This is nice, it gives people something to do while the picnic hamper is being unpacked"
Ok so here's the picnic set:
Marmite sandwich. Along with dependable favourites there should be an element of surprise & anticipation. Remember Mole & Ratty setting off on their boating excursion with the Picnic Hamper...
...rat reappears "staggering under a fat wicker luncheon-basket"
"Shove that under your feet." he observed to the Mole, as he passed it down into the boat.
Then he untied the painter & took the sculls again.
"What's inside it?" asked the Mole, wriggling with curiosity.
"there's cold chicken inside it." replied the rat briefly;
coldtonguescoldhamcoldbeefpickledgherkinssaladfrenchrollscresssandwidgespottedmeatgingerbeerlemonadesodawater--""O stop, stop," cried Mole in ecstasies: "This is too much!"
"Do you really think so?" inquired the Rat seriously "It's only what I always take on these little excursions; & the other animals are always telling me that I'm a mean beast & cut in very fine!"
"Picnic memories feature large in our old photo albums-remember car boot picnics at A&P shows; billy tea & bacon & egg pie, while the Father's fished the river & the Mothers read books; & of course those gritty beach picnics where the kids stood dripping, fresh from a swim over the laden picnic cloth."
Picnickers at the Hawke's Bay A & P Show here 1946.
Same show grounds just down the road & our delightful spot for a Spring Picnic last October
But then, just last week, a particularly sizzling spell of weather came upon us so we headed out to Puketapu about half an hour away to a lovely spot by the river.
lovely warm water
Blueberries, Brie, crackers & icecold cider..lovely!
Robyn Shaw food writer for the Dominion)
so my cheerful, greedy friends next time you get the urge for a picnic, indoors or out, you will know precisely what to take won't you...
gingerbeerlemonadesodawater of course!!
I found a lovely old recipe in my wee book for Granny's Lemonade (perfect for picnics & the such like) I'll pop it in here shortly just as soon as I have a minute to make some up..for the picture part : )