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a Heidi picnic

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When I was a child, one of my favorite books was Johanna Spyri’s Heidi.  I loved reading about Heidi and Peter’s trips to the alpine meadow to watch over the goats.  And I loved the simplicity of their dinner … milk and cheese and bread.  My favorite picnic lunch is a version of theirs and I always think of it as a ‘Heidi Picnic’.

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A week ago, my husband and I took a short vacation in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.  We followed the Route des Sommets, a trail of roadways through the elevations of the Quebec Appalachians …

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view along the Route des Sommets in the Eastern Townships of Quebec

view along the Route des Sommets in the Eastern Townships of Quebec

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We admired the architecture of the churches – spires and rose windows …

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Catholic church in East Angus, Quebec

Catholic church in East Angus, Quebec

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and we sampled the local food, squeaky cheese curds, herbed cheese, sweet honey, crisp Lobo apples, and yeasty artisan bread … our Heidi picnic …

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our Heidi picnic in Quebec

our Heidi picnic in Quebec

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Copyright  2014  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

September 22, 2014 at 7:16 am

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  1. I know those picnics! My sister and I used to have those on a Saturday evening when we were children and our parents were entertaining. We’d be allowed to take our Heidi picnics and watch Robin Hood on black and white on our tiny TV!

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    jennypellett

    October 5, 2014 at 1:10 pm

  2. mmm. . your Heidi picnic looks delicious. I haven’t read Heidi in years; I need to reread it. I remember really liking it.

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    Sheryl

    September 24, 2014 at 12:08 am

    • Hi. It was always fun to read. I liked the character Clara so much I called my favorite doll after her. Jane

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      jane tims

      September 24, 2014 at 7:38 pm

  3. What a lovely post! I remember reading Heidi also and who wouldn’t love a picnic.

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    The Course of Our Seasons

    September 22, 2014 at 10:38 am

  4. The Eastern Townships are dear to my heart, yet I’ve never made the trip through there as you have. What a great idea. My grandfather grew up in the Eastern Townships and I grew up listening to his stories of those places. The combination of Heidi picnics and a drive through the past sounds perfect.

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    Carol Steel

    September 22, 2014 at 7:33 am

    • Hi. I was inspired to do this trip by the setting of Louise Penny’s mystery books, the ‘Three Pines’ community. Fictional, of course, but captures the characteristics of many of the towns. Jane

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      jane tims

      September 22, 2014 at 5:31 pm


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