Picnics, tours, trips and excursions are part and parcel or our life. They provide us complete opportunities to study the book of Nature as Shakespeare says. “We find sermons in stones, tongues, in trees and books in running brooks”. Picnics, tours and tours are as important as food and drink.
One Sunday morning, the weather was very fine. The sky was cloudy and cool and gentle breeze was blowing. My friend and I decode to visit the river Beas which flows at a distance of six kilometers from our town. We were a party of eight friends. We took with us our swimming suits and towels. We also carried a good quality of eatables including fruits. We left home on bicycles at 6 a.m.
The river scenery was also very charming. Water in the river flowed on silently and majestically. Fish swam in the water. There were flocks of water birds sitting on the banks. We parked out bicycles. Then we changed our swimming suits. Then we had a dip in the river. Then we played some games on the soft sand of the river bank. Thereafter, we sat down in a circle to take rest. One of us was a good singer; he entertained us with many songs. We all were in a gay mood. So we chatted and laughed. We cracked jokes with one another. We heated the food that we carried with us on the stove. We had a hearty meal.
In the meantime it grew very hot. So we took rest under the shade of a tree. Then we began to play at cards. After some time tea was ready, we took tea and eatables; by then it was 5:30 p.m. we took our bicycles and started back for home. We reached home at 6:00 p.m. it was a happy day in the pleasant company of friends.
Essay No. 2
An Outing with the Family
How I Spent A Holiday
It is always good to go out of doors. Free air and open sky are always welcome. Quite often one feels choked inside the houses and cities. It is good to run away into the open air for a day when one has the time. Picnics were very common for families in older days. But now even picnics are becoming rare and uncommon. Families just do not have time, money and mood to go away from their boring familiar surroundings. That indeed is one of the greatest ill of modern times.
A picnic is a delightful diversion. It takes you away from your dull daily routine, it produces a soothing effect and adds charm to life. sometimes it is possible to plan and go out. When it is possible, one avail of the opportunity.
We had one such opportunity last Sunday. Early in the morning we got ready to spend a day at the Okha Canal Bank. My mummy prepared food and my sisters helped in making other preparations. We took a thermos filled with tea and took along a couple of carpets for spreading under the trees to make ourselves feel comfortable.
It was not easy to catch a bus from Connaught Place for Okhla Barrage. We made some enquiries but there was no bus available. We were told to get a bus for Lajpat Nagar and then get a bus for Okhla from there. So we boarded a bus for Lajpat Nagar. But at Lajpat Nagar we had to wait for an hour to get a bus for Okhla. But Okhla was worth all the trouble we had to take to go there.
It was a beautiful scene and weather was cooler than in the city. There were green trees and they provided nice shade to the picnickers. Some fishermen were busy catching fish. There were lot of children playing with each other under the shady trees. There we took our lunch and lunch seemed specially tasty at Okhla. We felt that our lunch was not enough because everyone ate more than usual.
After lunch we all had a nap under the balmy shade for the trees. The children of one family played with children of other picnickers. Some old women read their holy books. In the afternoon there was a drizzle and even a few drops of rain were very much welcome at that season of the year. But the rain broke the magic web of our sleep. Our sweet dream came to an end.
Now it was getting evening. We took the evening tea which we had brought with us along with some snacks specially made for the trip. When it was getting dark, we boarded a bus and returned home.
Essay No. 03
An Excursion to a Lake
Picnicking is a very good source of recreation as well as instruction. I try my best to have at least one picnic party in a month.
Last Sunday I along-with a number of my friends, went out for a picnic. I had persuaded them two days earlier and all the necessary arrangements had been made a day earlier.
On the fixed day, two of my friends, Sushil and Anil left very early in the morning for the canal. They took with them a number of mats, a stove, a kerosene can, some wheat flour, a pastry board, a pastry roller, a big can of purified water and a number of necessary articles which had been jointly listed by all the friends. They left for the venue on a tempo. The renowned cook, Mr. Devi Dayal, who had been engaged by us also, reached the place at the time he was asked to do. He had already cut up the vegetables and prepared the fire before we reached there.
There were a dozen friends in all. We, the remaining friends reached the place on our bikes.
On reaching the lake, we decided to boat for a while. We had already engaged a boat’s man and his boat. We had a very hilarious
Then we decided to sing and dance on the mats to the tune of deck which Anil and Sushil had taken with them.
Meanwhile, Devi Dayal, had prepared hot puns with a fresh mixed vegetable dish. Thereafter we took sweet pudding.
Then we had a session of tidbits and quizzes and other cultural items. We enjoyed ourselves a lot for a few hours and then returned home. We were full of enthusiasm, joy and happiness that the moments of interaction and cooperative spirit had lent us.
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A family picnic is a great way to reconnect with your kids and spend some quality family time together.
Planning a family picnic
Before you start preparing for your picnic, you’ll need to ask yourself these important questions.
- How many people will be at your picnic?
- What are the ages of the attendees?
- Where is the best picnic spot for your family?
- Is the picnic spot available?
- Does the picnic spot allow glass containers?
- How is the access to the picnic spot? Can you roll a bag or stroller there?
- What is the seating situation?
- What time of day is best for your family? (Consider naps, schedules, routines, meal times, etc.)
Preparing your family picnic
Pack a picnic basket
Include all necessary paper products for your picnic. Make sure you include necessary utensils and plenty of napkins! Be sure to check with the picnic location to see if they allow glass containers before you show up with your glass jar of baby food or fizzy soda.
Food and drink
Prepare enough snacks, and pack more than enough food for the day. Being out in the sun, running around and/or engaging in activities can increase an appetite -- especially for kids.
If there aren’t any picnic tables at your location, make sure you pack enough chairs and/or blankets for the entire family. It’s also a good idea to bring an umbrella or an outdoor tent for shade -- especially if you have a baby.
Pack a small bag with any items you may need while on your family outing. Band-Aids, bug repellent, sunscreen, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, extra napkins, jackets and an extra blanket all ensure your time together will be comfortable and safe.
Games and activities
Plan a scavenger hunt, search for animals in the clouds, bring a board game or a jar full of blank scraps of paper and a pencil. The jar is a great way to engage your family and spark conversations: Have each person write down a question, mix them in a jar and pass it around while each person pulls one question at a time.
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Inviting friends and family to your picnic
A family picnic is a great time to reunite your closest friends and relatives. Think of it as a mini family reunion. There doesn’t have to be a special occasion or event to get your loved ones together. If you decide to open up your family picnic to more people, plan accordingly and consider adding these tips to your list.
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Potluck style: Require everyone to bring a favorite dish like an appetizer, heavy hors d'oeuvres or a pot of chili -- for a chili cook-off.
Picnic style: Have everyone bring his or her own food and drink.
Organized picnic: Send an Evite and have everyone either sign up to bring a specific dish or assign dishes to the attendees.
Festive picnic: To celebrate a special day or event, pick a theme for all the food, drink, games and decorations.