Can we have a picnic in the garden? – JD, 5
I’ve long thought that food tastes better outside in the golden sunshine. Maybe it has something to do with the old saying ‘the first bite is with the eye’, or perhaps it’s how the senses are freshened by breathing in fresh air. Maybe it’s none of those things and more to do with, as Denise Sakaki says, the memories that family meals outside create and evoke – holidays by the beach, Frisbee games in the park…you get the idea.
Whatever the reason, I can’t recommend highly enough that you take your next meal outdoors and relish it.
Apparently, being outdoors with family is good for your health too. Outdoor development specialist, Dave Stewart says:
“Our natural environment has long been held to offer a range of therapeutic effects – our body biochemistry changes, our blood pressure drops and our mood lightens. We become open to fresh ideas.
Many of the boundaries normally encountered in the home limit creativity and relationships. These are relaxed or do not exist in the outdoors. This can create a sense of freedom, trigger significant shifts in perspective and enrich our conversations with one another”.
We’re not camping this year, but we have made it into the garden to enjoy many a picnic on the dinnerware set we were sent from Olpro (RRP £24.99). I like the Olpro range because it’s melamine, so won’t smash when the kids start chucking it around in the grass, but it doesn’t compromise on looks. It washes well too and doesn’t seem to stain easily, having coped with a few rounds of pasta with tomato sauce since we got it.
If you are camping this summer, it’s worth taking a look at the Olpro website, as they have a pretty stylish range of high-tech gear – not just melamine, but also tents, windbreaks, and sleeping bags.
Disclosure: we were sent the Olpro dinnerware set for review. No payment was received. All posts are 100% honest.