P... is for Picnics
A lot of my favourite things begin with P: pampering, persimmons, potatoes, but picnics are definitely high on my list of things I love to do. Take one chequered blanket, a fabulous picnic basket - we have a terrific picnic set complete with wine glasses, and napkins (a present from Hampstead workmates and therefore respectable enough to be seen with on the Heath!) - a chilled bottle of rose, nibbles of crunchy carrots, sweet grapes, hummus, breadsticks, and of course strawberries, fine company, sunshine... and a good book!
But, you've also got to get the right picnic spot. Last year, it was mother-in-law's birthday, so we headed to Hamilton Gardens, on the banks of the Waikato River, in Hamilton, New Zealand for a birthday picnic.
The gardens are a fabulous venue for picnics or afternoon summer strolls. There's the Italian Renaissance garden, the Indian Char Bagh garden, the American Modernist garden, Chinese Scholars garden, an English Flower garden, and a Japanese Garden of Contemplation.
Mother-in-law's birthday picnic came complete with outdoor theatre, a scone making test (of which I passed...phew!) , and a rather competitive game of badminton!