Prompt :Picnic – Nobody does it like Enid Blyton!

The ‘Picnic’ prompt conjured up loads of pleasant memories.

As a child, the picnics I went to were fun but were simply no match to the picnics described in the Famous Five books written by Enid Blyton. Reality, to me as a child, fell short by eons. 

The food in Blyton’s books were a treat to read about, so far and different from the food we ate in India and reading about all that came out of the picnic basket, was a picnic in itself.

As I write the poem, and describe the contents of the picnic basket, I realize Blyton did justice and actually laid the ground for healthy eating. The basket had a mix of healthy food : eggs, butter, cheese, meat, lettuces, radish, plums (what we call a balanced diet these days) but something about the way it was described made it sound exotic and drool-worthy.

Don’t tell me you never wished you could be on one of those picnics:). Maybe reading the below will bring back some sweet memories for you too.


Baskets filled with goodies,

Cream scones, hard-boiled eggs, tarts filled with jam,

Jars of potted meat, crisp lettuces and cold ham,

Red radishes, cucumber sandwiches with butter,

Wash it down with home-made lemonade and ginger-beer

Sunny blue skies, a dog with a wagging tail,

A ball, a checked cloth to spread it all on

Happy faces,

Sorrow no traces.


How many such picnics have I gone on?

I cannot count

Many a time, I dreamed, my sun-hat on

Some cake, some ginger-ale,

With the Famous fives of Enid Blyton,

Every night I spun a new tale,

Of adventures and mysteries,

Called it, “The Stellar Six series.”… (and I was part of the Famous Five; now they were six 🙂


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8 responses to “Prompt :Picnic – Nobody does it like Enid Blyton!”

  1. aramblingcollective Avatar

    You’ve inspired me to write a short story about having a picnic, indoors with my boyfriend, when I was a teenager.


    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Wow! That’s great to know. Thanks. Looking forward to reading your story😊


  2. Andrea Stephenson Avatar

    Enid Blyton has a lot to answer for! I was always desperate to go camping and expected it to be just like one of her books – it wasn’t 🙂 Lovely poem though, it’s nostalgic and delicious!


    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Oh my gosh…yes :). Every picnic and camping trip failed in comparison to Enid Blyton’s. Her’s were simply the best and so much fun to just go around, all over the country in a caravan, with loads of delicious sounding food. She definitely has a lot to answer for 🙂 Thank you Andrea.

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  3. robbiesinspiration Avatar

    I also love Enid Blyton, Smitha, and I really enjoyed this poem. She did have quite a focus on food, didn’t she?

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      I should have said ” Nobody does it like Enid Blyton. Robbie Cheadle comes very close” 😊. Yes she focused on food and I kept dreaming of ginger beer. Didnt like it much when I had it though😀. Even the eggs that I didn’t like eating as a child sounded amazing in the books. Glad you enjoyed it as much.

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      1. robbiesinspiration Avatar

        Thank you, Smitha, that is a lovely thing to say. Enid Blyton was quite an extraordinary writer. She wrote 790 books – just amazing!

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        1. Smitha V Avatar

          You’re welcome Robbie. Yes and to think that despite so much change in the world, her writing is here to stay.

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