Some Picnic! by Ian Robinson ( with little help from Athena)
4 Stars: Horizon Gourmet Picnics of KwaZulu-Natal
Here's to living well or a reader's chance to know lifestyles beyond their borders in Some Picnic! by Ian Robinson. In the very remote places of South Africa, Ian and his supportive wife Athena takes us on a journey of fine dining, starting a business, the do's and don'ts of gourmet picnics, delicious recipes, cultural experience with the people of KwaZulu-Natal, and the art of living well.
Ian Robinson is a man with a plan life experience allows Ian to write a fountain of information that one could take and apply it if they are inclined to open a business. Chapters on dealing with banks and loans, wholesale, the going rate on buying handmade picnic baskets from a group of local woman, and marketing, I walked away with a brief education and dream of opening up my cozy cafe in China. I must say I want the same determination as Ian Robinson and hopefully also have a smart wife like Athena, within the pages of business talk Ian manages to write words of love for Athena, and paragraphs of living good which is not an accessible or attainable goal for everyone, but worth the attempt. Ian takes us briefly to his childhood and being a money saver having this lesson on saving money in a piggy bank is an example of good discipline for children shaping them to be successful when they are older. Ian and Athena Robinson's Horizons Gourmet Picnics is a family affair with their children helping out again giving valuable life lessons to children sets them up to find the sweet life. The good nature outlook of Ian and planning does pay off for him, but it is not a book on living vicariously ( you can), but we too can take what he knows and go for it.
Ian touches on some history of South Africa and the beauty. I wish he would have expanded on it more but in fairness, authors show us what they want and if I want to know more, get myself on a plane and see the beauty of South Africa and eat all of the gourmet food so lovely written in this book.