Jeeez! This lockdown is knocking me for six.
I’m mainly getting out for my daily state-mandated exercise however being indoors for 20+ hours a day is hard work. Even more so when you have a 1 year old who is starting to walk and explore.
Changing it Up.
I’m lucky enough to be working from home so during the week I’m not feeling so enclosed when I’m working. This is the Easter Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK and so I have 4 days of no work. My Lovely Wife is such a trooper during the week that it is only right that I try to do something special for her during this time off.
My Lovely Wife is a bit of a sun-bunny and the weather forecast was saying we woudl have some sunny weather. This called for one of my secret arsenal that I’ve hidden from her, my Picnic basket.
Picnic, But How?
More recently, I’d say within the last 10 years, I purchased a little back-pack picnic hamper. It is for 2 people and it is very nice if you want something easy to lug about and not too big. It lives in my study while I try to and work out where its proper home should be. Its been 3 years so far, no need to rush into these things!
Many, many, many, years ago, my parents bought me a proper wicker picnic hamper. Its quite massive but it does have cutlery and crockery for 4 people, plus salt & pepper shakers. More importantly it has a bottle opener. Imagine going on a picnic and this is the thing you’d be imagining someone taking.
The Wicker (hamper) Man
As I wanted it to be special it had to be the Wicker Hamper. I got it out of my storage cupboard and checked it out. I’ve probably had this 20 years and maybe used it twice. Well today would be its lucky 3rd outing. Opening it up I saw it had a set of plastic plates, cups and bowls. These might be easier to use while picnicing so I left them in the hamper – there was still plenty of space inside so I could fill it with lovely food.
Food & Drink
I do like making a good sandwich – today’s offering was Chicken Breast, Edam, cucumber, lettuce and coleslaw. In seeded brown bread. It was served with carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, taziki, sour cream & chive dip, salt and vinegar pringles, Home made brownies, some prawn crackers and a few apples. Usually I’d be a bit more adventurous but the supermarkets round here are either queue for hours to get some food or find a ‘local/express’ and lucky-dip what you pick up!
Drinks wise we had lots of water, a bottle of beer for me, aloe vera drink for My Lovely Wife and a bottle of ‘schloer’. It was lunchtime so no heavy session in the sunshine!
Wiggly-Squiggly could eat the carrot and cucumber sticks, but not the pringles, so we packed some rice cakes and lentil sticks. I also choped up an apple so she had her own apple stick to chomp on. Finally a fromage-frais for dessert.
Bone app the teef!
Hunting Green Space
We are in Lockdown so heading to the common for the picnic was a no-no. Luckily there is a communal garden at the block of flats and it manages to catch plenty of sun-light. Previously I have purchased a massive picnic blanket as most have been tiny and its nice to have a bit of space for us to lie down and have Wiggly-Squiggly be able to crawl/walk between us. If you are interested, this is the blanket we have – its 2m x 2m!
Spot chosen we sat down and relaxed in the sunshine. Having private green space in London is a privledge, I know, and although the garden is shared it felt very much like our own little oasis.
We were covered in suntan lotion and kept the blanket half in the sun and half shaded so that we could make sure that no-one got too much sun. Wiggly-Squiggly enjoyed the fresh air and being outside. We both enjoyed the fresh air and being outside. In total we were out for about 2 hours. In this time, our moods improved, our skin warmed up, and it didn’t feel like we were in the 3rd week of a state controlled lock-down.
A Funny Thing Happened While Having A Picnic
Just as we were thinking of heading back to the flat, Wiggly-Squiggly reached into the hamper and pulled out one of the whole apples. We had given her some slices of apple already but she decided she wanted an apple. We then watched her, with all 6 of her teeth, chomp into it! She has never done that before! To start with there were just teeth marks in the apple. As her confidence grew our Wiggly-Squiggly took full on bites of the apple and when she was about half-way through, decided to offer every other bite to me. A lovely father-daughter bonding moment in the garden over an apple!