Last Easter was lovely and warm and we had forsythia and pansies blossoming in the garden. But Easter is earlier this year (just a week...) and there is no sign of forsythia in the garden yet. In fact, yesterday there were frequent little snow squalls and this morning the ground was covered in a thin white blanket.
Can't take it anymore? ...I'm not sure I can. Please, make it stop snowing!
Or maybe you love the snow?
Let it snow!
Unlike in 2007, the weather this week has been stunningly beautiful: 15 to 20C and sunny. We took full advantage of it on Saturday morning and rode our bikes through the neighbourhood admiring the crocusses and daffodils galore flourishing in gardens and stopping on Roncesvalles to get vegetables for dinner.
I love Roncesvalles on the day before Easter. It is full of happy people walking purposefully or just strolling along, stopping from time to time to chat and/or admire a store's display. Many people are carrying baskets with elaborately embroidered cloths draped over the contents (sweet rolls, fruit, Easter eggs, etc.). I particularly like to see a whole family walking together, the dapperly dressed man with a little basket hung on his elbow as the children skip along between their parents, all headed to the Polish Catholic church nearby to have the baskets blessed.
Outside the vegetable store, the curbside of the sidewalk was completely taken over with flower arrangements and potted plants for sale. It was a riot of colour: tulips, roses, lilies, daffodils, irises, fresia, etc. etc. And standing between the flower display and the vegetables and fruits arranged perfectly in their bins, there were groups of people, holding baskets, talking animatedly and exchanging smiles and happy greetings.
Recently, we have been getting the most beautiful brown farm eggs from a friend who lives on a farm just north of the city. And I thought, what if we boiled the eggs in water with coffee and onion skins in it - to try to dye the eggs naturally to make the shells a more intense rich chocolatey brown?
The illustration depicts what I imagined we would produce. (Please read more to see the actual results of the experiment.)
I have stared briefly at the amazing mousetrail clock script to see if I could figure out how to add HAPPY EASTER with an 'if such and such a date' but I'm just not sophisticated enough to figure such a thing out quickly. So I made the animated gif instead.
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