I can’t believe this lovely long Easter weekend has finished! We have done so many lovely things and caught up with lots of special people and I wanted it all to keep going. Mind you, we may all collapse from a sugar over dose if we kept going like we have for the past 2 days!
Easter Sunday began with chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. For the dairy intolerant, hot chocolate in a new mug, with marshmallows and plain chocolate to dip in. Apparently this mug, spoon and hot chocolate kit from choccywoccydoodah was one of the best presents ever which made me very happy. It is a lovely mug and the spoon is quite perfect for a young boy. It was Milton’s 10th birthday and he was a very spoilt dog. Harvey is always more excited about the dog’s birthdays than any of ours and spent a very happy half hour (and far too much of my money!) in the local pet shop where he found dog chocolates, birthday cake and even a dog friendly Easter egg! Plus new bones, all of which were lovingly wrapped and presented with a home made card :-) We gathered for Easter lunch with my three sisters and their families at my sister Abi’s house. It was a lovely relaxed day with lots of chatting and laughing and eating. And wine, oh my, so much wine. And Port. And lots of chocolate.We all took different dishes so ended up with quite a feast; 2 roast legs of lamb and a roast chicken with potatoes Dauphinoise, quinoa and roasted vegetables and a green salad. Good to see the boys tucking in to the green stuff.
The weather was quite dreadful for most of the day but when the clouds disappeared for a couple of hours we made the most of it and went out for a walk. Rather a long and hilly walk as it turned out. Well, the women, children and dogs did. Apparently there was some very important football on which seemed to detain the men! We walked up to Seaford Head and in the distance you can see the first of the Seven Sisters, the huge white chalk cliffs. They look quite stunning when seen from the sea. Stunning when seen from the neighbouring cliff tops too, dazzling us in the sunshine. It was a hilly walk up to the top of the cliffs and on the way back we walked along the beach you can see here in the distance. It was a very long way down! We did get too close to the edge but luckily no harm was done. Lovely beach huts :-) Back at Abi’s we had dessert. A delicious home made carrot cake for sister Lucy’s birthday and a fruit and cream scrunch, which was my attempt to recreate the lovely dessert made in Food For Thought. Today I took Lara and Harvey to my Dad’s for lunch. Rather than cook we were taken out to a local restaurant for lunch. The food is Mediterranean and I had the humous, taramosalata and Tzatziki to start with. Followed by a very tasty chicken Souvlaki. Finally Baklava and ice cream. It was a lovely lunch with good food and great company. The table next to us was celebrating a 100th birthday party. The birthday boy was very sprightly and from chatting to him we discovered he still drives and he drives to Belgium to visit family! Back at home my birthday clematis was in full bloom and looking spectacular. Such pretty flowers. I spent a very happy 2-3 hours in the garden this morning. I sowed lots of different flower seeds in to seed trays. I also potted on some cucumber and tomato seedlings.
My day was finished very happily with a glass of wine and some yummy snacks with Annette and David.
Apart from the excessive sugar consumption, I wish every weekend could be like this and so much fun.