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Category: Easter

It’s Black & White

Social distancing – self-isolation – staying at home.

Terms that we had rarely considered before are now everyday expressions.

The message is clear – it’s black and white – we have to put into practice these disciplines when required, to keep ourselves, and our fellow human beings safe.

With Easter looming we would normally be looking forward to family gatherings or trips away. This year, however, there has never been such a good excuse to stay at home and eat chocolate!

There’s always an upside!

With my spirits lifted I restyled this dining room to accommodate the change in season. The longer days and mild weather inspired me to take down the heavy interlined curtains and replace them with unlined grey linen ones.

A similar colour table cloth from Sainsbury’s Home adorns the dining table whilst a matching runner, cut from the generous width, dresses the sideboard.

Citrine napkins from Also Home add a splash of sunshine, as do the freshly cut tulips and daffodils. Maize table mats, old-white plates, and cream coloured handled cutlery, keeps the scheme light and pared back.

The occasional pop of deep red provided by the Hellebores adds warmth to the scheme whilst hessian bunting and crackled glazed egg shape candles provide this year’s Easter decorations.

So whilst there won’t be an Egg Hunt for the children, nor a massive Sunday lunch to honour this holiday weekend, we will take comfort in the fact that we remain safe.

Surely that in itself is reason enough to raise a glass and celebrate life?

Happy Easter!

The Savill Garden

A visit to the Savill Garden visitor centre earlier this week ticked all my boxes.

A lovely stroll in the tranquil wooded gardens, followed by a nice cup of tea, and finally a wander round the gift shop. What’s not to like?

This architectural gem was designed by Glen Howells Architects, Buro Happold and Engineers Haskins Robinsons Waters.

It was opened in 2006 by the Duke of Edinburgh.

Not unlike the shop at Wisley Gardens in Surrey it is stocked with colourful homewares and children’s toys and books.

Soft furnishings by Weaver Green

Seasonal silk blooms mingle with an assortment of environmentally friendly soft furnishings.

Pastel pinks and cool greys provided a clear direction for my post-festive house styling.

The Savill Garden gift shop is open from 9.30am to 6pm during Summer, and 9.30am to 4.30pm in Winter – every day apart from Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Easter Garden

The terracotta planters that I filled with bulbs in the autumn provide a colourful display  in our Easter garden.

Tubs overflowing with narcissi provide a cheerful greeting as we step outside the back door.

Combined with these deep blue hyacinths the yellow narcissi add a ray of sunshine to an otherwise wet weekend.

I love the scent of hyacinths. I find it very evocative – a reminder that winter is coming to a close and making way for springtime.

These beauties have been confined to the garden as, delightful as I find their perfume, others find it overpowering in the house.

I couldn’t resist bringing these specimens indoors to add to the silk flowers, candles and bunting in our guest room.

Indoor Easter Egg Hunt

Stirring from my slumbers yesterday, and realising that it was Good Friday and therefore a holiday, I decided that it would be a real treat to go out for breakfast. One of my favourite venues is our local garden centre where they serve local fresh produce and the most delicious bread.

In anticipation of this tasty treat I quickly dressed, jumped in the car, and headed out with my other half. Arriving in no time at all we were dismayed at the sight of parking attendants directing traffic to the overflow car park. Suspicions aroused we pulled into the entrance and asked why it was so busy. Ahhhh…. said the man in the hi-viz jacket, that’ll be the Easter Egg Hunt.

Collecting eggs in the garden

It seems that Easter has become big business over the past few years and there is every opportunity to decorate your home with colourful eggs, chicks, bunting, bunnies, and baskets, and of course, lovely fresh spring flowers.

Spring blooms in Ikea vase

It was great to see our local garden centre so busy and I joined in by buying some decorative eggs from there vast display.

Easter is a great time of year to be in the garden but the weather can often be unpredictable. To save disappointment an indoor easter egg hunt can be a fun filled alternative. With a list of canny clues to solve and a trail of decorative eggs to follow this can be just as much fun as collecting eggs from the garden.

Easter decorations

Here are some of the clues from last year’s indoor hunt.

Indoor Easter Egg Hunt Clues

Hello boys, we’ve got a game to play

Here’s an egg each to get you on your way

Read this carefully and follow the clues

Just one hint, you won’t need your shoes.

 

Clue 9

  • Number 9 should be easy to clock
  • Look behind the tick-tock tick-tock

Clue 10

  • Number 10 could delay you boys
  • As I think it’s hidden in the cupboard with the toys

Clue 11

  • Are you exhausted yet?
  • As there are only two more eggs to collect
  • Check the side table on you right
  • As the purple bowls could reveal another delight

Clue 12

  • One more egg and the game is won
  • But where from here now this room is done?
  • Look in the hall for the umbrella stand
  • There should be an egg that is to hand.

Well done boys for finding eggs a dozen.

Your prize today is a chocolate fountain!

We did indeed round off the hunt with a chocolate fountain but a fondue is a much more convenient alternative. Both, however,  have the benefit of being accompanied by fresh fruit such as strawberries, raspberries, and banana, or marshmallows and biscuits.

To make Milk Chocolate Fondue

Ingredients

  • 8oz milk chocolate
  • 1/2 cup of cream
  • 2 tablespoons kirsch, or a few drops of vanilla or orange essence
  • Fresh fruit, cake and biscuits, for serving

Method

  • Grate chocolate and put into fondue pot with cream
  • Stir well and heat gently, stirring until chocolate is melted
  • Serve with choice of accompaniments for dipping

HAPPY EASTER!

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