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Perfect picnics

>Eating al fresco is not without its hazards, especially when it comes to wasps which appear just as you are about to tuck into a treat tomake a nuisance of themselves.

One trick is to spill a can of soft drink a little distance from where you intend to eat, and watch the wasps swarm around the soggy, sugar-coated grass.

>While it may be warm, even on the sunniest day in Dublin there is no guarantee that a little wind won’t build up. Choose a covered spot which will shelter you and stop your napkins from blowing away.

>Don’t overlook the location of the nearest convenience. Children will always want to go to the loo at the most inconvenient of times — so make sure there is some privacy available if anyone wants to answer a call of nature.