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Enjoy the great outdoors! 尽情享受户外活动吧! (来源:www.EnglishCN.com)

A picnic basket
Do you fancy a romantic picnic?
As summertime begins in Britain, people start to feel the urge to go outside to eat. People love to have a picnic whenever the weather is good enough, especially people with children. It’s a great way to spend a sunny afternoon.

Even in the centre of London, on a sunny day, the parks are full of office workers eating their lunch outside on the grass. That might be a pretty basic picnic – a shop-bought sandwich and a bottle of water.

But if people are planning a picnic on the beach or at the park, they would probably pack a cool bag with a whole variety of home-made sandwiches, snacks, cake, fruit and soft drinks. They might have a picnic rug to sit on, and paper plates and cups. Another item which is useful is a thermos flask which keeps hot drinks like tea or coffee hot, or cold ones icy.

University students enjoy having picnics, and usually take along some kind of sports equipment, such as a Frisbee or ball in order to burn off some energy after lunch. British student picnics usually involve drinking beer or wine too!

For small children the idea of a teddy bear’s picnic is popular – each child brings their teddy bear along to ‘enjoy’ the fun as well.

Some people love to have a very elaborate picnic, and really go all out to make it an occasion. For a very posh picnic you’d need a proper picnic hamper to hold the food complete with china crockery, metal cutlery and real wine glasses. A picnic could be a romantic occasion, but only if it’s in a quiet attractive spot, not in a busy park with lots of children playing nearby!

In that case there might be champagne or chilled wine to drink, and gourmet picnic fare, either home-made, or bought from a local delicatessen. Crusty bread, dips, paté, and strawberries with cream for dessert make for a more sophisticated al fresco experience.

Of course, you can never reply on the British summer weather, so taking an umbrella along might be a good idea just in case!


GLOSSARY 词汇表 (收听发音, 请单击英语单词)

to feel the urge to
迫切

shop-bought
从商店买的

home-made
自制的

Frisbee
飞碟

elaborate
复杂讲究的

posh
考究的

crockery
陶(瓷)器(碗碟等)

champagne
香槟酒

fare
饱餐;进食

sophisticated
复杂的

picnic
野餐

cool bag
保温袋子

thermos flask
暖水瓶

teddy bear
绒毛熊

go all out
全力以赴

hamper
有盖提篮

cutlery
餐具(刀叉等)

gourmet
美味佳肴

delicatessen
熟食店

al fresco
户外的


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