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A winter picnic. Friday January 31, 2014

There are many things I love about Winter and yet still, there is no doubt, my mood can, and does, slump this time of year.

I wonder if we all pooled the stuff that puts a bit of Wonder back into Winter, could it help make the remaining weeks of this challenging season a tad more bearable? And for those of you who live in warmer climes, maybe you could indulge us a little, just this once, perhaps even adding the wintery delights that you feel nostalgic for?

I'll kick start us off...

1) Winter Picnics. My lovely friend Lin is an absolute master Winter Picnicker. She was all bright eyes and smiles yesterday as she told me of her most recent winter foray with her Grandson. Lin has a congregation of flasks of all shapes and sizes for all wintery courses, both sweet and savoury. One will contain homemade soup, another sausages and beans and yet another, Hot Chocolate Abyss with marshmallows. Then there will be homemade sausage rolls and potato skins wrapped in foil and tea towels sitting atop a hot water bottle, just to be sure they keep toasty. She even manages to conjure up warm plates and proper cutlery. None of the paper/plastic sort for Lin, nope.

I never forget a picnic with Lin, even if it's just a snack. They are magic in a thermal bag. And even if we stray no further than the local coast line and remain in the car, it's always a fail safe way of boosting our mood. Could you enjoy a Wintery Picnic Adventure?

2) Instead of seeing hats, gloves, scarves or tights as necessary evils, why not look dapper with different colours and styles? I have an ever growing collection of berets in a rainbow of colours and when the weather starts to warm, I always feel a pang of disappointment as I pack them away. But I know I'll feel excitement come next October/November, when it's time to don their nattiness once more.

Yes, the joys and delights of Spring will come on time but what can help in the meantime?

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curious212000 Fri, Jan 31st 2014 @ 7:48am

Hello Suzy,

I returned from Australia to see the seasons and now look foward to the wonderful sight of daffodills all over England.


Anonymous Fri, Jan 31st 2014 @ 9:40am

I love this blog, and to be honest I love winter, I love seeing the trees stripped of their leaves, and the stark branches against a bright or grey sky. I love watching snow, and frost on the edge of leaves. I love being able to bundle up in so many layers. I wouldn't swap it for summer.

Mart Fri, Jan 31st 2014 @ 9:59am

Please can I come on your next winter picnic? It sounds amazing.

Tere Fri, Jan 31st 2014 @ 11:06am

I'm with Mart. I want to go on the picnic! Even if I don't understand half of what those foods are (I have a dear English friend who is always laughing at me because I don't know what the food she's having for dinner is, and she can tell me what I'm having! ARGH!) I would love to live in a place where a tam is all I need to keep my head warm, instead of needing thermal underwear, three sets of clothing (layering!), a jacket for sub-zero weather, gloves so thick I can't read while wearing them, a scarf that fogs up my glasses. I have to admit, however, once the cold is gone (and it can take through April, and snow has been known to hit us as late as May) I love the new flowers peeking through. I love hearing the lawn mowers.

But mostly, I want to go on one of those picnics!

Suzy Fri, Jan 31st 2014 @ 6:30pm

Hey folks, enjoyed those comments thus bleak, grey Friday. Oodles of thanks!
And what if fairy lights (there can never be enough fairy lights!), candles, mulled cider, a roaring fire, colourful blankets on the sofa, home made soups. And today, I saw my first flush if snow drops. Joy! xxxxxx

Suzy Fri, Jan 31st 2014 @ 6:32pm

Correction to mistakes above... this and of and of!!! Grr ??

curious212000 Fri, Jan 31st 2014 @ 6:43pm

I also love this Blog and all the comments, also how every one is coping.
Suzy if you ever go to Australia, the facilities for picnics are superb with B. B. Q. facilities every where in the heat of summer, when it is winter here in the U.K.
I also saw some snowdrops and daffodils today.


michelle Fri, Jan 31st 2014 @ 6:53pm

Who doesn't luv a good picnic? Oooooh but not sure I could go for one in winter. When one feels the cold as much as I do It's not just the head of a sausage roll I'll be biting off it will probably be the persons head who I'm with.When it's been as cold as today or worse my body tenses and can't focus on much apart from wanting to get home in the warmth or pop into a warm café with a lovely coffee and a big slice of carrot cake."YUMMY". That's my kind of winter picnic. But roll on the summer that's where the pleasure really begins.What more can you ask for on a lovely warm day eating the food of your choice in a lovely green field with the birds singing their song? Bliss.

Mary Fri, Jan 31st 2014 @ 8:24pm

BRILLIANT Blog Suzy!!! What an amazing idea for a picnic. I used to love long country walks over the Yorkshire Dales in the snow. You have brought it back to me and I bless you for it.

lizhill Sat, Feb 1st 2014 @ 7:11pm

I go on a regular walk with my lovely friend. We take the same route throughout the year and can watch the seasons change and the effect they have on the landscape. It's great to catch up too. We have a good chat, walking side by side, get some fresh air and do some exercise. What's not to like? We do live in a lovely part of England but I enjoy walking in cities too, especially Greenwich Park.

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