Easter Tree

What is better than Spring? Seeing the magnolia blossoming, tulips, crisp new shoots on otherwise bare branches….So delicate, so green – so life assuring. Really love this time of year.

Have spent the day outside and managed to get some gardening done (with three little helpers). Cutting our hedge was first priority and we got some fantastic branches that inspired….Instead of ending up at the tip in the green waste container they now are bringing joy to our family in the shape of an Easter Tree!

The single best thing about this picture is her pride. Priceless. 

  • About now, cut your branches and place them in a vase with water. This will give the buds time to open and be beautiful by Easter Sunday.
  • Prepare yourself and your surroundings for a bit of mess… 🙂
  • Get your raw eggs ready, as well as a large bowl and a sharp needle
  • Prick a hole in both the top and bottom of the egg with the needle
  • Holding the egg over the bowl, blow into one hole and watch the egg come out of the other! If you have never tried this before it may disgust you! It definitely is a strange experience! Children laugh every year…husband refuses! 🙂
  • Save the blown out egg – omelette for breakfast? Make a cake for Easter lunch?
  • When all the eggs are done wash them out with some hot soapy water to ensure there is no left over egg inside. Pat dry.
  • Get lots of paint brushes and paint and let the children enjoy decorating the eggs.
  • Once completely decorated place them in an empty egg tray to dry overnight.
  • Thread a needle with two strands of thread and pull it through the dried, decorated egg the next day – ensure you have put either a small piece of toothpick or something at the end of the string in order that the string stays in the egg when you pull the needle through. Tie the two strands together and hang your egg on the tree.

Don’t worry if an egg breaks – makes a cute “nest”…. This one will be stuffed with cotton wool and have a wide ribbon wrapped around it….

Weeding

Returning home this summer, after five weeks away, my vegetable patch was not an impressive sight! Once I dug through the weeds I found it was full of gorgeous beetroot, lettuce, rhubarb, herbs and the odd sunflower planted by the children – at first sight, however, these were not easy to spot!

You may see where I am going with this….. Yes – the mind! I want to look into how gardening actually stimulates the senses! By cleaning up one area of your life you often start to clean up them all….

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