Sunday, 23 March 2008

Eggful Easter

I had a nasty cold, especially for the Easter weekend, so while Ian and our small ones have been out visiting, having fun, and even off for a walk that revealed a treasure map and mysteriously appearing Easter eggs along the route (yes, Mr Teacakes is indeed almost magic!), I have been holed up feeling sniffy, but very cosy, with my sewing machine. However, by Sunday, cabin fever allowed me to venture out for the annual Easter egg hunt that my mother holds at her house for both adults and children. Always the same beautifully-wrapped Lindt eggs, always the same (forgotten) hiding places, and always the same confusion over how many eggs we still have left to find...my favourite part of Easter.

The children danced to old songs played on my father's Wurlitzer and then retired to watch Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz...while I went to work on the project that my father has set me in preparation for his 60th birthday, involving the compiling of certain photographs. So as the others followed the yellow brick road, I waded back in time through boxes and boxes of old photos...which left me feeling unexpectedly time-warped and odd.

But, amongst others, I did find this lovely photo of my sister making lace at our old next-door-neighbour's house. Audrey taught my sister lace making when she was seven or eight...and I think she even tried to teach me at one point too. How lovely it was to be reminded of her bobbins and the beads that she decorated them with, and the sounds of clicketty-clacking that accompanied Audrey's own lace making as she confidently skipped them over one another.

I hope you all had lovely Easter celebrations.

And thank you so much for all the lovely, encouraging comments that you left for me on my last post - such kindness. x

16 comments:

  1. How lovely to have such a sweet Easter tradition. We too do the egg hunt and can never remember exactly where they were hidden!
    The lace making picture is really sweet. Good luck with your 60th project. I can well imagine you'd get lost for hours with all the old photos.

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  2. I love eatser tooFlorence - so many lovely traditions and all the family together. Enjoy the rest of the break xx

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  3. Your Easter sounds lovely, full of all the best things (except for the cold). Hope you are feeling better now :)

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  4. Happy Easter Teacake family. Sounds like you had great fun. Glad you felt well enough to enjoy the family egg hunt. The Easter Bunny visited us too so yummy chocolate all round.
    ginny x

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  5. Sorry to hear you've not been well. Hope you're feeling better soon.

    Your easter traditions sound lovely. I would love to learn lace making and think it must be easier with someone to show you what to do.

    April xx

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  6. We had the egg hunt at my Mum's too and a yummy lamb roast lunch. It was a very sticky, humid 27 deg though and everyone was a bit exhausted in the end. I saw a lovely old gentleman making lace at the show we just went too. It looks fascinating and I wonder how many people still do it.

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  7. i love looking through old photographs, i did a project recently for my aunt's mum and dad and it was a delight looking through all these black and white images from the 40's and 50's!

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  8. Isn't it lovely to look through old photos, the ones that show how clothes and interiors have changed are some of my favourites but especially those showing my family when they were so much younger.
    Glad you managed to enjoy Easter despite your cold. x

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  9. Sorry to hear that you have a cold - sniffly is no fun.
    Glad you had a lovely easter though regardless - easter egg hunt sounds wonderful. I caught up with the children which was lovely.
    I love looking through old photo's too - I do this frequently with my Nana.
    Take Care
    Clare x

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  10. Hope you are feeling better now? How will you compile all the old photos?

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  11. Happy Easter! Sounds like a lovely family weekend. Hope your cold is feeling better by now!
    Looking forward to seeing what you've been making - I love those little house doorstops!

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  12. I love sorting through old photos - but I guess like you, it does leave me feeling a little washed out and reflective.

    Great Easter Egg picture! I've only eaten a couple of little Lindt ones and I'm already sick of them. My children smell of milk chocolate when I kiss them.

    xx

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  13. Happy Easter to you too! Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    There is something about old photo's. You know they meant so much to someone but to you they are worthless unless you know who is in them. My Mum is 81 years old now and just going through her photos and throwing out all the 'seagull' photo's that my late dad took and labelling all the ones with relevant people in them. Yesterday she gave me to read the start of her life memoirs! It was so incredible reading about living through the war. Your Easter sounds like you have lots of traditions. We have an Easter Hunt here too and my daughter LOVES the Wizard of Oz . My husband and daughter watch it over and over again!
    Hope you are feeling better!

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  14. This makes me think that I really must get some of our photos printed - it's so easy not to bother when you can look at them on a screen, but then you'll never get the joy of opening a box and remembering something like that. I regret too that we get to edit our photos, and save only the ones we like at the time. Hmm.

    Hope you're feeling better now, mrs. x

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  15. Hi, Does your sister still do lace-making?
    I had a try at this last year at the knitting and stitching show.
    It's something I think I'd like to do if only I had a bit more time.
    I have a couple of piees, one which I bought from an old old lady on a turkish hillside and another I got from Cupcakesdirect and which I can only wonder of the origins. My french Bonne-Maman used to wear lace collars also

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  16. What a wonderful box of treasured memories, how lovely to be tasked with the job of wandering through them all. Your easter sounds lovely, despite your cold. Hope you are feeling better now.

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