Every Tuesday since the beginning of term, the girls and I have been going to playgroup straight after taking Crevette to school. As we only have an hour between the end of playgroup in town and the start of pre-school for Beanie, we have been taking a picnic with us every week.
Last Week, it was raining so much on Monday I thought we might have to give our weekly picnic a miss, but I still packed it all anyway. If it ended up being too cold, we would just rush home and lay a blanket on the living room carpet. Did I mention I love picnics?
Beanie and I were going to have the mini salmon puffs we had made on Monday, with salad for me. I had made a bacon sandwich with a DS Gluten Free Ciabatta roll and Plamil mayo for Jumpy who cannot have quiche as it contains wheat, dairy and eggs. We could all have potato snacks and we were going to try Vita Coco flavoured water. Dessert would be Petits Filous yoghurts and madeleines for Beanie and I. As for Jumpy, she would try natural yoghurt from the Coconut Collaborative with raspberry jam as well as new ‘free from’ biscuits from Lucy’s and Orgran.
Tuesday was a glorious day! Even though it was windy and rather cool in the shade; it was warm enough in the sun to have our lunch outdoors. Until now, we have been taking our food to the play park near school. Jumpy and I normally have our lunch on a bench whilst Beanie runs around and plays with other children, eating very little in the process.
I decided to do things differently this week. I laid our waterproof picnic blanket on the grass and the girls boosted their vitamin D intake with ten minutes of sunbathing.
As they were relaxing in the sun, I got the food out and we took our time to eat and simply enjoy being together in the autumn sun. We are always running from one place to the other and I really enjoyed our very relaxed half hour in the sun. Our local park was the perfect spot!
The girls ate all their lunch and loved their new Vita Coco drinks. When she first tried the mango and pineapple water, Beanie grimaced and gave it to her sister, who drank it in under a minute, asking for more straight after she handed me the empty carton. Beanie then moved on to the apple and blackcurrant flavour and she loved it!
After that, the girls ran around collecting conkers and playing football with an inflatable ball as I sat there watching them. Bliss! It was then time to walk to nursery.
This is my entry for the #vitapicnics competition. We were sent the picnic basket I used in the pictures as well as four cartons of Vita Coco flavoured water in two flavours, a blanket, an inflatable ball and a Frisbee. No payment was received for this post. All opinions and photos are my own.