Well, my picnic ideas and why I love picnics... the story!
My story all started from an early memory... as a small child, and a picnic under an old gum tree... with my parents, baby sister and grandmother, on a sheep station, in the outback of Australia.
Hello I'm Susan...
My story of picnics will show you just how many picnics I have had! And writing a little about them means you will see why I have stacks of ideas to share with you!
I've always loved picnics, especially our bush picnics..
This part of my story starts when my Father’s picnic idea, his favorite picnic food, was a chop picnic... with a slice of bread, a chop and a bottle of sauce (ketchup)... none of that fancy stuff like a salad! There was usually a small fire which my father prepared carefully… so we didn’t start a bush fire. Then meat cooked on a special wire rack on the coals… the flavor… yum!
This meant we could boil the billy (a small metal bucket for water) on the coals, to make billy tea.
Toss a few gum leaves on the fire... there is nothing like the flavor. Ooh think I can almost smell the bush smoke!
There's nothing like billy tea!
My Mother, a very good cook, always made a fruit cake, or the very best sponge, to have with the tea. You can try her beautifully moist cakes too. Coming soon.
Because of the bush fire threat, we now use a gas barbecue, as mentioned in the picnic check list, to cook picnic food... or our favorite way really, is to take food prepared at home, so simple then... no cooking at the picnic.
My story has many picnics enjoyed this way, but picnic ideas have become more sophisticated now… from spuds (potatoes) in the coals, appetizers, salads and more cakes and slices and coffee and wine too.
Friends from neighboring sheep stations and then boarding school friends, have enjoyed these picnic ideas and picnic food... and now our children and grandchildren really love a good picnic too.
And to have the perfect day out... we always seemed to have a mob of pesky flies and ants hunting for tasty morsels in the picnic food.
Some quite simple and some with gourmet picnic recipes to add to our picnic ideas.
To add to my story... amongst our favorites in Europe were those while holidaying in France. This has given us wonderful chances to experience a French picnic.
This bit of my story was exciting, to visit a French market to choose absolutely yummy food to go with the baguettes and local French wine… Then, to find a quiet lane, preferably with a little stream and tuck into the food and sip the French wine.
Our American picnics were in parks under magnificent, enormous trees, in Fall.
Then my story of picnics continued along the Californian coast and wine areas… and again in New England, by lovely views of fishing villages and gorgeous forests, where time was spent with friends. Even a picnic on a park bench in Central Park New York... oh how lucky we have been and oh how different the picnics have been!
Many memorable picnics in the UK have been with lovely crazy friends... and other times with small children in a motor home. There is something magical about a narrow winding lane with thatched roof cottages, being a little lost... and then coming across a wonderful secluded picnic spot.
Sometimes traveling alone, I have loved eating my picnic food by the hedgerows... simple picnic ideas... watching the countryside in the evenings. Beautiful fresh smells and sounds from distant activity. Animals settling for the night, a tractor being put away… and the sniff from a dog out wandering and checking what delectable I was eating. Loved this bit of my story!
In South Australia, especially around the Adelaide Hills, there are so many great areas to use our picnic ideas... my story with family and friends... and here we are with picnic baskets full of delicious picnic food, heading down to one of our local lakes.
Picnic by a beautiful lake.
There have been impromptu picnics… simple and fun picnic ideas with lots of happy moments.
Those combined with steam train trips...
and concerts in the park...
others well planned, with gourmet picnic recipes for horse race meetings... great picnic ideas needed for these!
And then the gatherings from house boats and walks along bush tracks after a good picnic… aah so much fun!
As you can see we have had a multitude of picnics... of every variety and with so many friends.
A call from friends... a flurry of activity in the kitchen... and we are off!
Any excuse to leave the chores at home and to get out in the great outdoors to relax, eat too much and head for a walk...
Something extra for you...
Amazingly to me... I am the owner and publisher of this web site... and as you have possibly noticed, I've always loved picnics. But I knew almost absolutely nothing about the process of building a proper website!
I did have a few tries at building with other programs, but wasted my money and I gave up on them. I even paid someone to set up a website for me years ago, for my retail business. I spent lots of dollars for this and every time I wanted to change or add something... more dollars!
I love that I control this site… and it is all done by me with the step by step help from SBI! action guide. I'm not perfect, but I’m learning lots.
This site has given me a chance to remember all those fun days and picnic ideas with friends and my family...
and besides if any of them call by for a coffee, I can drop everything, without any guilt and join them.
This is my business working from home... for me to do, when and how I wish to!!
And that's me Susan Seppelt... and that's my story... so far!