Picnic Baskets For Those Long Summer Days

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I remember it so well. Those long summer days, my dad getting the picnic basket out of the car and throwing down the rug for all of us to sit on. It was great because my mother used to boil eggs, make jam tarts and we would always have loads to drink.

Back then the picnic baskets would be just a basic basket and we would have to add all the cutlery. plates and drinking cups along with the food. These days you can buy picnic baskets with loads of added cool stuff. Such as wine glasses, corkscrew and even salt and pepper sets.

I always remember my dad forgetting to bring the most obvious things with us. My mother used to say, don't forget the paper plates but he always did. I think having a picnic in the middle of a scorching hot day really brings back those memories of childhood.

And its something that seems to have got lost these days. Now most people prefer to get out the barbecue and invite all the neighbors round. I personally think it's a shame because a picnic by the river brings to mind all those old stories we read when we were little. The famous five for example were always talking about picnics with lashings of ginger beer!


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The Romance of Food L'Amore!

Do you remember those lovely days back in the fifties and sixties when all the young guys would take their ladies out for a romantic picnic by the river? Boats passing by in a whisper of breeze, birds singing and kids playing in the water.

The buzz of a bumble bee flying by, and the occasional sound of laughter as the romantic man raised his glass and clicked it against hers as they sat down among the strawberries and cream, small sandwiches and iced cakes?

I may not remember them as I was too young, but I have seen the films and Ah bliss! The days were long, the sun was warm but not too hot and they felt as though it would go on forever.

Why not bring back your memories by taking a stroll down by the lake, laying out the red and white table cloth then sitting down to a wonderful afternoon tea?

If you want to bring back the romance then this is the way to go! Now all I need is a nice guy and a picnic basket and I am ready and waiting!

Don't Forget The Kids!

All children love to get out into the fresh air, and lets be honest we can't always afford to take them on long trips or vacations.

They get fed up of staying indoors or even in their gardens, so a picnic is a great way for all the family to get out and about to enjoy the countryside.

We don't always have to take them to theme parks or walk miles just to keep them amused.

A picnic is a good excuse for all the family to get together. Its the best of both worlds.

The adults can sit down talking and eating while the kids can explore the river bank and see the wildlife. Simple yet something to make memories. A sunny day, a picnic basket and lots of laughter. It doesn't get better than that.

Here comes Summer, yeah!


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Where is your favorite place to have a Picnic?

  • The back yard or garden
  • The beach
  • The local park
  • I don't have picnics just barbeques!
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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

Picnics on long summer days.. We do have a while for that. This looks so appealing..and they are a lot of fun. We can all get ready and think about warmer weather ahead. We have some lovely lakes to go to when that happens. Great hub.Voting up and pinning.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks carol, I was standing staring out at the lovely blue sky and thought, ah picnic! lol! its best to prepare early so you can be ready for that first hot day! thanks as always, nell


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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa

I needed a reminder of summer on this cold, blustery day. Now I can dream of green grass and picnics!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

What an optimist you are, Nell! Summer still seems so far off as I look out at the chilly drizzle. Sigh! Anyway, good job getting our hopes up.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Deborah, its a beautiful Spring day here, well into the teens in numbers, pure blue sky and warm sunshine. People are walking about in T's! I know it won't last, but it made me realise that summer is just around the corner and its glorious! thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi billy, sorry about the drizzle, we have pure blue sky and sunshine, making the most of it! lol! put me in mind of summer picnics! thanks as always, nell


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mr-veg 3 years ago from Colorado United States

I simply love picnics :D, and with good food and fun it spices up the energy and enthusiasm. Thanks for getting back the memories for me, this summer am all set to bring your hub to implementation :)


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Seeker7 3 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Oh what great memories you've brought back here - have you noticed in the UK how we used to have such great summers way back in the early 1970s!!!! Still I'm sure we'll get at least maybe one day without rain and I'll be all set!

Great hub + voted up!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi mr veg, hope so! lol! I am going to get myself one and go down the river, just chill out! thanks!

Hi Seeker, I remember, hopefully we will get a great summer this year because of how bad it was last year, if today was anything to go by it will be lovely, thanks so much, nell


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Larry Fields 3 years ago from Northern California

Hi Nell,

Why limit yourself to one picnic lunch, when you can have three or more? How you ask? On a hike, the definition of lunch is that which begins as soon as you get out of the car, and ends just before you return. Larry's First Law of Hiking: You can eat as much as you like without feeling guilty.

Here in Northern Cal, February is too early for the Alpine treks in the N Sierras, but on clear days, the temperature is just about right for hikes in the nearby river canyons. Unfortunately, I haven't felt up to it lately.

And don't forget to borrow your neighbor's dog if you don't have one of your own. I'll never forget Gurr (yes that's his real name), the Border Collie mix that my neighbor's family used to have. On hiking days, he was more fun than a bucketful of doorknobs!

Voted up and beautiful.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Larry, lol! I will go look for a dog to borrow! actually I really miss a dog, we always had one so maybe one of these days, thanks again, nell


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Way to go Nell, picnics are a forgotten fun time. I used to love packing a basket, going to the river and just relaxing with the family, maybe it's a trend that we all should bring back. Loved this..Thank you..


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Larry Fields 3 years ago from Northern California

Nell, if you were vacationing in my neck of the woods, I'd recommend the No Hands Bridge for a short picnic. But it'd be necessary to borrow a folding chair; there's no grass to sit on. Here's a link to a B&W photo.

http://alancraigbarnard.com/img/s3/v45/p621385036-...

The NHB is for hikers and equestrians. No cars. It crosses the American River near Auburn, California. Needless to say, there are great views of the river from up there.


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Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

Love it and cannot wait for the summer now, Nell!! Have voted and shared, too!! :)


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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States

I absolutely love going on picnics, and yes till date I always forget something essential...lol

But, the best part of having food with nature beats all the plates, spoons etc. I loved your hub and makes me want to have summer soon.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this. Where I live... love picnics. Ever have on in your house.. fun.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Oh Nell, how right you are. So many good memories and many funny ones too! A picnic was a big deal back then, packing a special lunch and finding a special place. You probably can't go anyplace anymore because everybody's got their property posted against trespassers.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi mary, never thought of that! lol! yes of course, everywhere you go there is always a flippin' sign saying no trespassing! especially down near the coast I have noticed, drives me mad! thanks, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Mhatter, even in the garden too, don't have far to go! lol! thanks!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Ruchira, yes picnics and summer seem to go together so lovely, I remember going with my parents it was wonderful, thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Janine, thanks so much, and glad you liked it, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Sounds wonderful Larry, I will go take a look at the photo, thanks again, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Ruby, I think we should, so many people just buy barbecues these days, and to be honest I am not one for food cooked outside! lol! thanks again, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Just took a look larry, what a lovely place! thanks!


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Oh, my gosh, I remember making both ginger and root beer. Remember when you'd hear that occasional bottle break, and you knew just what it was?


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acaetnna 3 years ago from Guildford

Oh I just love picnics. Roll on the Summer, hopefully Britain will bask in a heatwave this year!!! About time!! Great hub as always.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Years ago, Nell, my family belonged to a cousins' club that had yearly summer picnics and those were wonderful occasions when everyone got together to see relatives they had not seen for a year, admire babies born in the meantime, and gossip about everyone and everything. Those WERE the days!


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christopheranton 3 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

We used to have a lot of picnics when I was a kid. Mainly at the sea, so it was sandwiches with sand and flasks of tea. Great fun though.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi christopher, oh I remember those well too! lol! thanks!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi drbj, that sounds wonderful, I wish we had done that, but still it was great just us, the river and a full picnic basket! lol! thanks again, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi acaetnna, Oh I hope you are right, I am fed up with this winter, first warm then cold, just bring it on! lol! thanks, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Deb, yes! lol! I don't know why I haven't had ginger beer in years, I used to love it! thanks as always Deb, nell


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

This is an awesome hub! I was planning a picnic at the beach and so I went online and did some research. I found the cutest picnic baskets, but they were sort of expensive. I do like the red and white picnic table cloth. okay, I enjoyed your story Nell and now you got me in the mood to plan a picnic.


suzettenaples 3 years ago

I'm with you Nell. I like going on picnics rather than firing up the grill at home. Must be because of the great memories of picnics with the grandparents . Picnicking is an art, especially with today's baskets. Great hub!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi lovedoctor, lol! that's the idea, hopefully. You are so lucky to live near a beach, and have sunshine! not fair I say! lol! thanks again, and have a great day, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi suzette, great to see you, and thanks!


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The Dirt Farmer 3 years ago from Maryland

What a fun hub to peruse while thick frost is on the ground outside. I sure am looking forward to summer picnics! Thanks, Nell!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Dirt Farmer, it was lovely out here, now its cold and snowy again! lol! ah well soon be summer! lol! thanks for reading, nell


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Fun hub Nell! Picnics with my dad were almost all nightmares because it meant a river and he loved to fish. He gobbled down and grabbed his pole along with my younger brothers so fast I don't think they even sat down. But it was nice sitting with Mom after they left in the warm sun, usually at a picnic table overlooking the river. I got nice tans on picnics I remember. lol Good memories, still, yes.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Jackie, that sounds like a wonderful memory Jackie, apart from the fish! lol! great to see you, and thanks!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Jackie, that sounds like a wonderful memory Jackie, apart from the fish! lol! great to see you, and thanks!


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healthwealthmusic 3 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

I loved picnics as a kid - now I'm afraid as adventurous as I get is eating outside our house on the deck. My husband isn't even fond of that! However, our two kids love anything out of the ordinary, as most kids do!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi healthwealth, I think that when we are kids we used to do that more often, these days it seems to have disappeared, I am definitely going to go and have a picnic this year, just hope I won't have to do it alone! lol! thanks for reading, nell


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

How I love picnics. This delightful hub of yours brought back some fun memories. We used to celebrate birthdays with a picnic in the park. My mom was always up for packing a picnic lunch and taking off in the car - ready to stop at the first spot that was ready and waiting. Thanks Nell!


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tsarnaudova 3 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

This is so beautiful hub! Lovely picture you drow of warm summer afternoon, birds, clear skies and loving company. Thank you.


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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether

What a lovely hub to remind us that summer is just around the corner. Great work, Nell. I love going for picnics, and so does my baby girl. :) Blessings to you!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi vocal, tsarn, and kitty, thanks so much for reading, I love picnics too, just a case of dragging someone with me! lol! have a great weekend, nell


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Gordon Hamilton 3 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Hi, Nell. I used to love picnics as a child and you certainly have touched my nostalgic bone with this Hub.

When I was a boy, picnics always related to fishing trips but to be honest, my Mum loved them as well while my Dad, brothers and I were fishing.

I have never been on a picnic as an adult (unless you count a group of mad fishermen munching on whatever they can at a raging surf beach, or more usually on a boat).

It would be my greatest pleasure to take you on a wonderful picnic if you ever find yourself North of the Border :)


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torrilynn 3 years ago

nellrose, really nice hub you have about picnics just in time for spring! your articles are always amazing and very thorough. voted up.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi torrilynn, thanks so much, yes I love those picnics, can't wait!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Gordon, it sounds so lovely to be living right by the sea, you are so lucky, and yes I would love to go on a picnic with you one of these days, I have never visited Scotland, much to my best friends disgust! lol! she hails from the Shetlands! she keeps saying we will visit one day, still waiting! lol!


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teaches12345 3 years ago

We recently shared a picnic basket lunch and it was indeed a reminder of summer. There is something about unpacking a lunch from within a basket that makes the event exciting. Great post and so well done.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks teaches, it was gorgeous here today, so I made my own little picnic up and sat in the garden! lol! glad you liked it, nell


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ishwaryaa22 3 years ago from Chennai, India

What a lovely idea! I recall that when I was a child, I & my family used to have a picnic in a distant beach and had plenty of fun. Reading your wonderful hub made me want to have a picnic soon - here summer is coming in next month. Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Beautiful & Awesome. Voted up & shared on Facebook


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Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Miss Nell... could no help but smile at this timely hub... one look outside and I am reminded we are a ways off before any picnics will be happening here. Thanks for the memories of all those special days and eating outdoors...

Hugs from Canada


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi ishwarya, thanks so much, that must have been lovely, we are on the verge of Spring so hopefully we will get warm days soon, thanks!

Hi Rolly, winter seems to be hanging on here too, warm one day, T shirt day! then snow the next! lol! ah well its not boring! thanks as always, nell


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radhikasree 3 years ago from Mumbai,India

Summer has started here and these baskets made me remember about those picnic days we used to have in the past. You've conjured up the picnic days of little ones together with the romance of the youth in a lovely manner. Up, beautiful and interesting. Will share too.


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jainismus 3 years ago from Pune, India

Great suggestions, useful for every family going on picnic...


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I loved to have picnics when I was a child. Do people actually have picnics anymore?? Seems like barbeques are more popular.

Thanks for the memories, though.

Voted UP and will share.


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StephSev108 3 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I really enjoyed your hub... thanks!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks radhikasree, thanks so much, I am pleased you liked it, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks jainismus, yes I love picnics, thanks!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi mary, yes they do down the park, I see loads of people do it every year, especially around regatta time, it just brings back so many memories, thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Steph, glad you liked it, nell


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DanaTeresa 3 years ago from Ohio

Oh how I love picnics. Ths hub is a great reminder of that. I can't wait until the weather gets nice enough to have one!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Dana, yes I love picnics haven't been on one for a few years so I thought I would bring the tradition back! lol! thanks so much, nell


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Sharkye11 3 years ago from Oklahoma

I can't wait to take my daughter on a picnic this summer. So much fun! Great hub to remind us of simple pleasures.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Sharky, I just hope we get some decent weather over here too! lol! or else it will be picnics in the rain! thanks for reading, nell


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A wonderful idea on picnic baskets so beautifully written and thought of. I love the idea of a picnic basket.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks DDE, sorry I missed your comment, and glad you liked it, nell


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teaches12345 2 months ago

As I read this again, I am reminded how much I truly enjoy picnics at the park.


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Nell Rose 2 months ago from England Author

Thanks Dianna, we are having a terrible June, its a nightmare full of rain, so bang goes the picnics! lol!

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