In 1809 John Roscoe published The Butterfly’s Birthday which included the following advice (still good today):
Beautiful summer days are meant for pleasure.
And picnics with friends.
You never know who will show up.
Don’t bring too much to a picnic.
It helps to have a picnic basket.
If you bring raspberry tarts, make sure there are enough for everyone.
Sometimes I am too lazy to make elaborate food for a picnic. Watermelon with lime juice squeezed on it is delicious and takes no effort.
Sometimes you don’t need food at all.
A bonfire is the best way to end a summer evening.
I hope you are having fun summer days filled with excursions and picnics. If you have ideas for the perfect food or book to bring on a picnic, please comment.