Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail…

The above statement is a bit at odds with Team Pugh’s style, we (well especially Ian) are very much last minute kind of people, the people who dash out of the door with breakfast in hand, who are finishing cleaning their houses as their guests arrive, who get half way down the road and realise that in their rush they have forgotten their bus tickets (Ian) swimming shorts (Ian) and phone charger (Becksie), basically we are people who are always chasing our tails.

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This is something that parenthood is making us better at however, as being unprepared with a small child is not an option, food, nappies and spare clothes follow us everywhere we go, as do wet wipes, Ian learnt the value of this the hard way (but that is a completely different story).

The inspiration for this little post came from a train ride Ian took recently, incidentally during which he was crouching on the floor (there were no seats left) trying to write an essay with an impending deadline whilst a rather irritating woman repeatedly (and we assume accidently) kneed him in the back, but again, that’s another story….

Whilst trying to balance / type / not turn round and shout there was a little man with a trolley full of hideously overpriced food coming the other way. Now we understand the basic principles of business and demand and supply, but surely we are not the only ones who get annoyed at the ridiculous prices of food charged on trains, in airports, at motorway service stations, even at tourist attractions (and bizarrely our local soft play centre).

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Now in the past we have succumbed to hunger and purchased (and grumbled loudly about) overpriced food such as the above, however having started our challenge we have reduced our food spending so significantly, and set ourselves the rule of only eating out infrequently that we could not justify such expenditure on food that is never worth the money.

When we were both little our parents would take out picnics for the day whenever we went out. Picnics as children were great, however both Ian and Becksie independently wished that we would more often (we sometimes did) eat in the overpriced restaurants or food halls, not really appreciating the cost implications for a family of four!

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So now we are carrying on the trend set by our parents all those years ago, just as we do in trying to save money where possible and hoarding hundreds of items that ‘might come in useful one day’. We are now picnic people. Having a small child does open up a whole world of picnic opportunity though, including some food that may not be first choice in the picnic basket but really work for adults and babies, we are thinking dried fruits, bran flakes, homemade treats, crackers, cheese, vegetable sticks, sundried tomatoes, homemade bread, biscuits, scones, good old fashioned sandwiches, homemade scotch eggs and sausage rolls, some great local yoghurt. Mmmm we absolutely crave a picnic right now!

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Picnic people!

The train tea trolley, service station café and visitor attraction ‘restaurants’ really do not seem appealing at all, our parents were right! Let’s just hope Lizzie thinks that way in ten years’ time……….


14 thoughts on “Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail…

  1. I never thought I would hear you utter a sentence like “failing to prepare is preparing to fail”..! Next you’ll be telling me you’ve written a list…

  2. Having been brought up eating cheese and salad cream sandwiches out of ice cream tubs in cars in the pouring rain in various British beauty spots I always wanted to go in the restaurant, Now (and I was having a similar conversation with a friend in the week) I know I could make better food for less and we’re the family sitting on a bench eating sandwiches at the service station. Or in the car if it’s raining…
    It’s more likely to be homemade pizza or cheese and homemade chutney sandwiches now, but I have to confess, my children are usually keen to go in the restaurant and eat chips. 😦

    PS ALWAYS carry water, no matter how old your children are- buying drinks for 5 costs a fortune!!


  3. We are retired and always carry a picnic hamper in the car. Sometimes as a treat (!) we buy our sandwiches and whilst on holiday we have eaten in restaurants. Two bad meals, one at Pizza Express (disgusting) and one at a garden centre ( previous day’s roast potatoes reheated as were the Yorkshire puds ‘ just hard shells),have now put us off these. I actually wrote to the garden centre and complained and got our £20+ money back.
    Husband is diabetic so we always have something to eat in the car: fruit, nuts, mainly. Flask is always full of hot water as coffee-making ingredients are in the picnic hamper.Hazel’s advice about carrying water is excellent. We used to carry concentrated squash as well to add to the water when the offspring were small.
    Quite like Pizza Hut for the odd “treat,” and good old fish and chips though the latter are not cheap these days.
    Nothing to beat home-made pizzas. My sister used to use a scone base for these.

    • Hiya, thanks for reading and commenting – your right a picnic can often be a treat. Good on your for complaining to the garden centre – payingfor a rubbish meal is sooooo anoying. Best Wishes xxxx

    • Hiya, Thank you – these pics were taken for our wedding invitation and so the picnic had elements of our wedding as a hint to our guests – picnic decorations are a lovely idea – we will try to think of a post in the summer all about it. Thanks for reading xx

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