This year, I avoided making New Year resolutions, but I did make promises to myself. One of the promises, alongside reading two novels a month, was to go on a picnic twice a month – every month. If you don’t live in Shetland, you might scoff at this, but if you’re in Shetland, you’ll know that picnics in the winter months can be tricky. It’s hard to get the weather, and it’s hard to want to sit outside and eat cold sandwiches when the wind chill has driven the temperature to somewhere beyond baltic.
We’re doing good; so far this year, we’ve had picnics at Grutness, St Ninian’s Isle, under the Trondra Bridge, the Smugglers’ Cave in Burra, Westerwick, Sand Gairdins, Bannaminn (opposite Minn Beach), Footabrough and Skeld.
The single best thing that I’ve bought for taking on picnics is the Thermos King Food Flask. On these cold days of winter and early spring, I always brim these with thick, warm soup, which helps keep the cold out for long enough to eat!