What’s in everyone’s picnic basket – a roundup

I was absolutely delighted with the success of my first ever link up on the blog – What’s in your picnic basket? There were nine entries and lots of unique takes on the theme.

What's in your picnic basket? A blog link up with dairy free kids

Mama Courage told us what was in her mic mic basket, and she described her picnics as ‘little moments of happiness’. Summer 2014 afforded lots of opportunities for mic mics and they obliged by having them as often as possible. Check out her lovely post here.

Office Mum told us about her favourite picnic spots near Dublin, a wonderful run down for anyone looking for ideas. I loved the description of the reactions from the kids and the final verdicts from the kids. The places I haven’t yet visited with the kids are now firmly on my to do list. You can read all about it here.

The Busy Mama told us how to do a picnic birthday party (an idea which I’ve copied already!). Have a look at how she did it here.

Dr. How’s Science Wows told her picnic story in photos. Another picnic I’d like to gatecrash. Pop over here to have a look.

Bumbles of Rice shared her picnic menu and described how picnics are not just for summer. They have picnics all year round. I’m especially impressed with the flask of soup for winter picnics. Pop over here to read more.

Dairy Free Switzerland shared a recipe for traditional Swiss petits pains, made dairy free and suitable for a picnic. They are traditional fare for Swiss National Day. Head over to read all about it here.

Learner Mama felt a bit of a novice at picnics but her picnic fare sounds delicious all the same. Have a read here.

Where Wishes Come From described both impromptu and planned picnics and what to bring for each occasion. I might also be slightly jealous of her beautiful picnic basket. Pop over here to read.

Life on Hushabye Farm shared summer and winter picnic menus, and very fancy ingredients! There is a fab recipe for lemon drizzle cake, rice pesto salad and sausage rolls too.  Head over here to read more.

Thanks so much to all these wonderful bloggers for taking time out to join in the linky.

 

Our Favourite Picnic Spots

These are our own favourite picnic spots in and around North Wexford, South Wicklow and Carlow  in no particular order:

Altamont Gardens – fabulous walk on a dry day, lots of beautiful foliage and flowers to see, peacocks to spot, and a great picnic setting.

Altamont
Altamont Gardens

Wells House, Ballyedmond, Co. Wexford – Fabulous woodland walk with gruffalo and fairy hunts, wooden car (my boys’ personal favourite), playground and much more. Lovely for a picnic. Sinéad at Bumbles of Rice has a lovely review of Wells House here.

Wells House & Gardens
Wells House & Gardens

LeChéile Park, Askamore – so lovely we had our birthday party picnic there.

askamore park
Le Chéile Park Askamore

The beach, any beach. My personal favourites nearby are Ballymoney or Old Bawn but any beach will do. Sand in your sambos and the salt air on your face, can’t beat it.

The Beach
The Beach

Tinahely Railway Walk, nice simple walk that the boys don’t complain too much about and there lots of picnic spots. I wrote all about it here.

Tinahely Railway Walk
Tinahely Railway Walk

 

I also love picnics in my own front or back garden, it can take 5 minutes to prepare and the kids will eat more outside as it is a novelty. We ate outside as much as possible this summer and really took advantage of the good weather. As you can see from these posts any day is a good day for a picnic, hope these posts have inspired you and given you ideas for eating outdoors with the kids.

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