When one goes out with an elderly relative for a drive in the country one should always take a thermos flask and some homemade biscuits for afternoon tea. At least that is so in the DBEM's generation.
The DBEM wanted a picnic basket. I didn't see we needed that expense or that it was suitable and determined to make one so on went my thinking cap.
I was unsure how I was going to manage to make the thermos flasks stay upright? Then.... I raided stash for
A cardboard box that once was home to C5 envelopes +
Some remnants of plastic vinyl fabric +
Some jute tape +
A scrap of fabric +
A tube of glue
All of these put together to create a suitable box which stands perfectly steady behind my seat in the car and houses two thermos flasks and a plastic container for the afternoon tea biscuits.