Friday, 18 January 2013


Looks inviting doesn't it?

And there you have it. All you need are the essential ingredients......friends, food, a nice setting, perfect day, good friendly banter, mix well and serve.
In this case, everybody provided something. The Gods were friendly and provided good weather, we live in paradise and therefore the setting was to our liking, the craic (Irish) flowed, the food enjoyed, everyone had a good time didn't cost an arm and a leg. We supported the fish monger and hence the fishing industry, the butcher and therefore the meat industry, even the green grocer and baker got in on the act which in turn helped our agricultural industry.

Not a French picnic.

I know this is not the French style picnic where you just rock up on your bicycle with a basket, a checked tablecloth, bottle of wine, sausage and baguette, and no, I didn't bring all of this fare on my bicycle, otherwise the prawns (shrimps) would have been spoiled, the fruit salad and the meringues would have melted and the pork belly would have ended up looking like a dog's breakfast. Just imagine what all of this would look like in the event of having an untimely fall and everything became all mixed together. You know what? the Google police would probably remove the post altogether due to the photograph being offensive and I wouldn't blame them for it.
The French style picnic is for the romantics, this style is for the friendly get together. Both have their place and both are excellent.

Perhaps the best feature of the picnic is that it is easy and because it is held in the outdoors, it's healthy and relaxing. Next time you are catching up with friends or relatives and the weather is accommodating, consider inviting them to a picnic, you won't regret it.

Cheers and safe riding,

Jimmy Bee

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