Feel-good Friday: Picnic in the Park

Some say life is no picnic.  I say make a picnic part of your life.

Summer isn’t complete without one.

Essentials: blanket, wicker picnic basket, sandwiches, cherries, cider, salad….dog.

A little history on the subject:

The word “picnic” comes from the French language where it became a popular pastime in France after the Revolution (1789) when royal parks became open to the public for the first time.

The term derives from pique-nique, used to describe a group of people dining in a restaurant who brought their own wine. The concept of a picnic therefore had the connotation of a meal to which everyone contributed something.

Picnic may be based on the verb piquer which means ‘pick’ or ‘peck’ with the rhyming nique meaning “thing of little importance”, or on “pique un niche” meaning “pick a place”, an isolated spot where family or friends could enjoy a meal together.

During the Victorian Age picnics were ways for people to escape the restrictions of etiquette and formality and offered the rare opportunity for young men and women to spend time together in the open air. They could also be quite elaborate since a picnic for twenty people might feature sandwiches, fruit, a selection of cheeses, and a variety of baked food!

The modern-day picnic is much less complicated.

Have a Wonderful Weekend!

 

 

Feel-good Friday: Picnic in the Park

It may be snowing in Calgary but here in Vancouver it turned out to be a picture PERFECT DAY for a bike ride and a picnic.  We’re so lucky.picnic1 - CopyNever plan a picnic‘ Father said. ‘Plan a dinner, yes, or a house, or a budget, or an appointment with the dentist, but never, never plan a picnic.” – Elizabeth Enright, The Four-Story Mistake.

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It wasn’t really planned so it was perfect!

An ordinary picnic can be made extraordinary simply by doing it with the right furry friends.

You are so funny. No; you are!
You are so funny.  No…you are! 

 

Gotta enjoy it while we can!
Gotta enjoy it while we can!
We are brothers!
We are brothers and can learn from each other!               D. King
We enjoy the ride!
We enjoy the ride and the fresh air.

When was the last time you went for a PICNIC?

Let's see if you can fit in my purse.
A little too big for my bag?  Oh well.

Photos: Ping (Lynn) Li

Of course it didn’t end here….there was also happiness (thank you to whoever invented happy hour) sitting outside enjoying the view at Kits Boathouse.

Debbie & Rosa
Debbie & Rosa