The school holidays seem to have flown by in a flurry of activities and sadly work too, and Number 1 son went back to college today and should start the final countdown to his A levels, Little Miss is back to school tomorrow and Number 2 son doesn't go back until next Monday - just to add to my state of confusion!
Everyone has enjoyed the break though, all except The Builder who I've just realised has been to work every day for two weeks straight, not all day every day but for a part of it at least - I think he needs a rest!
Easter was a little different for us this year as, for a good many years we've been invited to join the Easter Egg hunt at a friends house in the village, I've mentioned it before, it's enormous and slightly "different". Most of the family are as mad as a box of frogs and you never know what to expect, one year at least two chocolate eggs were put in a rowing boat and pushed out into the river - only to be reached by a good swimmer!! And Easter isn't always warm as you know! However this year when I was forced to enquire (forced by 3 very persistent voices) I was told there would be no hunt this year - shock, horror and massive disappointment to the three hunters who had hoped to return home with the usual mountain of chocolate and slip into a sugar induced coma for the rest of the day. Added to that not one member of the extended family gave the kids any Easter eggs this year, I'm not quite sure what happened but only my Mum gave then some mini eggs, obviously the Easter bunny had left a little something outside their doors but there was a definite air of despondence all around.
On Easter Sunday, after a very yummy roast the Builder and I went for a long walk, it was a lovely evening but I only had my little camera and the pictures don't do the scenery justice. (and can't you tell I'm getting a bit carried away with this photo collage thing?!)
We saw a swan nesting and watched the sun go down over the marshes.
On Easter Monday the Builder went on a scavenger hunt of his own and came back from Tesco with bags full of half price chocolate eggs, we needed to devise our own hunt for the first time ever!
The kids were dispatched to the cricket pitch for the annual spring clean and spruce up
while we hid the eggs. We tried to be inventive in view of what they'd had in previous years, sadly we have no boating lake or river running through our back garden!
We did our best and at one point decided to put a couple of eggs in the old pigeon's nest high up in the holly tree, it transpired that the nest is back in use and was already full of pigeon eggs! The Builder almost fell off his ladder as mummy pigeon flapped away in a hurry!
It was a fun afternoon, I think they enjoyed it anyway; and maybe it's better to do our
own hunt instead of relying on the madhouse down the road
(they once hid miniature bottle of whiskey with the eggs, and the average age of the hunters was around 11!!)
And just to end on a very Spring like view which I'm enjoying at the moment,
£2 for 3 big bunches on the market.
I've really loved reading everyone else's Easter posts, I've not had much chance to comment
on every one but I'm still there, lurking about!
Have a good week.