The Bush Gear Lunchbox in the snow...

One of the challenges of writing for the magazine is the need to put things together well ahead of publication date. As a result, I’m putting the final rather-later-than-they-should-be touches to a Gear Guide on picnics today, which is scheduled for March’s issue.


It fits well into a spring issue of the magazine, when we hope we’re enjoying bright, lengthening days, roadsides full of daffodils and the promise of a camping summer to come.


It’s less easy to get in the mood when I’m looking out of the window at 5 inches of snow...


Testing is also a bit of a challenge, but fortunately I have an obliging family who are used to being asked to try out objects out of season.

We had a successful test of a Stainless Steel Lunchbox from Bush Gear (pictured) a couple of weeks ago, though the contents were consumed inside school rather than sitting on a picnic mat.

Its sturdy design and two compartments (keeping the pasta away from the salad, so the salad remained crisp) was a great success. The Lunchbox's big brother, the three-part Tiffin Carrier, will be appearing in March’s Gear Guide.


And finally there’s the issue of photography. I spent a couple of hours with Magazine Designer Roy Broomhead yesterday, photographing kit in one of the conference rooms at Club Headquarters in Coventry.

It’s not quite a sunny campsite – but by the time Roy has worked his magic on the page I’m sure it will put you in mind of long summer days and relaxing al fresco mealtimes.

We can but dream...