Arthur Ransome’s juvenile novel Swallows and Amazons takes its name from the Swallow and the Amazon, two fourteen-foot dinghies the children of the Walker and Blackett families sail in Coniston Lake in the English Lake District. Many of their adventures take place on Wild Cat Island where they play pirates and picnic at their campsite

The Swallows’ Camp Fire. Philippa Lowthorpe. Swallows and Amazons (2016)

Food and drinks, brought from home, are cooked very properly by one of the girls, in this instance Susan: “She put the frying-pan on the ground and gave every one a spoon. The Captain, mate, and the crew of the Swallow squatted round the frying-pan, and began eating as soon as the scrambled eggs, which were very hot, would let them.” Beside eggs and butter, they have brown bread, seed cake, apples, rice pudding, tea, milk, and when they can get it, ginger beer.

Featured Image: Clifford Webb’s version of the Amazon’s camp fire (1935)

See: Arthur Ransom. Swallows and Amazons. London: Jonathan Cape, 1930; Clifford Webb. Swallows and Amazons. London: Jonathan Cape, 1935; Philippa Lowthorpe. Swallows and Amazons (2016). Screenplay by Andrea Gibb based on Ransom’s novel.

*There are twelves books in the Amazon and Swallows series (1939-1947).