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Yesterday was the day of a long planned picnic with my good friend Gabriel (aged two), his aunt and my intern Phoebe. The unexpected rain could have put a dampener on it... but no way. It was great to get to try out my super light weight tarp, and anyway we had umbrellas and waterproofs and a beautiful lunch. #nosuchthingasbadclothes!! [embed]https://www.flickr.com/photos/123528527@N07/14619708385/in/set-72157645609239051/player/width=75height=75frameborder=0allowfullscreenwebkitallowfullscreenmozallowfullscreenoallowfullscreenmsallowfullscreen/iframe There are some more photos on the Outdoor Peeps Flikr stream, with huge thanks to Gabe's mum Jess for thee permission and the lunch! And to the teachers on strike so we got this chance... We were doing the Haggerston walk from the #HackneyWildWalks set, We didn't get all the way round - when you are two years old, a couple of hours playing outside in the rain was enough and anyway we walked - and scooted - from London Fields. PJ56044_Wild Walks A3 version.indd Do please share your photos and stories about your #HackneyWildWalks or indeed your #WildWalks anywhere! Make the outdoors an adventure, there is always something to discover.  

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It's international picnic day, so what better day to think about what makes a great picnic... Now I remember as a child (sorry about this mum!) being told we were going on a picnic at the weekend. I was very excited. I mean very excited. I had a very vivid dream about exactly what it would involve. There would be blankets. There would be a straw hamper. There would be cold ginger beer, maybe chicken salad, and of course there would be a nice cake and a flask of tea. And after we'd play frisbee. I had to hide my disappointment (which I probably did very badly!) when it turned into a sandwich eaten ON A BENCH! And the fact is I knew we didn't own a hamper, in fact I'd never actually met anyone that did. There was lots that was great about that day, but it just wasn't quite what I thought a picnic should be. My parents took me on many, many outdoor adventures, for which I'm eternally grateful, but I was a grown up before I finally found the perfect picnic blanket (a Welsh woolen, thick, soft one), the perfect picnic hamper and the perfect tiffin boxes that keep that chicken salad cold and the cake nicely gooey. But still the best thing about picnics - and the ingredient that was there in spades behind that slightly soggy sandwich - is family and friends. [gallery columns="5" ids="393,373,336,337,394"] So this week why not get some folks together and head on outside to enjoy your lunch al fresco? To help here's a link to Jamie Oliver's perfect chicken salad and what is to my mind the best banana bread recipe. I swap the wheat flour for Dove's gluten-free breadmaking flour. Enjoy being Outdoor People! cropped-1614543_647473798622124_918931140_o.jpg  

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