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In a continuation of our 2020 ‘Cribbies’ theme this month we’re branching out into a long hot summer favourite, ‘Picnics and Barbeques’ with Lakes District Museum.
Picnics & Barbeques
Mealtimes for the Cribbies were significantly more relaxed and less formal than they were at home. Picnics and barbeques were the order of the day.
Traditionally, mums packed loads of sandwiches filled with all manner of goodies – belgium and tomato sauce, cold meat, tomato, beetroot, lettuce and egg into cane picnic baskets. Families then headed for the lake or river. The sandwiches were followed by tins of homemade baking, followed by flasks of tea for the adults and Raro, or other soft drinks, for the kids who were straight back into the water after their food had gone down.
Blokes shone through when it came to barbeques and the aroma of delicious sausages wafted on the breeze.
Here we share a few memories….
“Picnics were huge…bacon and egg pies, lots of homemade baking, homemade ginger beer, and many more mouth-watering treats” Heather Beardsmore
“Picnics, endless picnics. Lake Hayes, the river, Whitechapel and then we’d start again. Sandwiches, Christmas cake and Christmas mince pies. A box of biscuits, a plain and a fancy, that’s what we were allowed. Every fine day was picnics.” Anne Gormack
“The ladies [were not in charge of the barbeque]. It’s the only time I never cooked”. Rae Todd
Vauxhalls and a picnic Coronet Peak, Russell Family Collection
Hunters and Lanes up Arrow river 1961, Hunter Family Collection.
Hunters and Lanes up Arrow river 1961, Hunter Family Collection