Easter. #LifeThisWeek 15/52. 2017.52.
Easter has always meant this to me:
- a 4 or 5 day break from school when it was not part of the NSW School Holidays
- a time to re-group after a busy first term
- traditions of meatless Good Friday and me making a ‘fish dish’ for my family who loved it
- eating maybe one hot cross bun (toasted) with butter on Good Friday. Not a great fan of H.C.B.
- deciding whether to give out chocolate Easter eggs to kids and grandkids and usually coming up with the answer ‘yes’
- not over-doing the chocolate egg thing as kids/adults get soooo many that they’re often still hanging around till Christmas
- Easter Hat Parades. At School. Organising them and/or ensuring hats were made for kids/grandkids.
- traffic on the roads leading out of Sydney so avoiding driving on major roads for that very reason
- pleasant weather – sunny and warm days
- family get-together at some stage if people were still at home
- a visit to the Royal Easter Show in Sydney
Now that we are living away from family and they have their own traditions we do not catch up. We prefer not to drive on the dreaded M1 (motorway between us and Sydney) because of the traffic AND the more frequent accidents which cause delays and more.
So we will be having an Easter that is not really different to the way we live each day of the week and you know what…that is FINE by us!
A few times we held Easter Egg hunts at our place and the one we remember most was when eggs were hidden throughout our garden. All the grandkids from youngest to eldest had the most wonderful time finding them and checking back with their Papa to ensure they had collected the number allocated and then they got a bigger stash. It was to keep it fair as the eldest were in their late teens and the others were toddlers/pre-schoolers.
One place I always visited alone or with kids/grandkids was the Royal Easter Show in Sydney. From the time I was a girl and my family would come up from Wollongong for the day, I loved it. It was the atmosphere, the fun, the colour and the spectacles in the ring with the animals and the parades. As a teen I went with my then ag student boyfriend and we had members’ tickets which was awesome. Over the years at the old Showground at Moore Park I’d drive in with our then kids early on the first Sunday of the show to get a good park. We would walk around for quite sometime and catch up with the animal exhibitions, the pavilions, the games and then sit ringside for events and the woodchopping.
The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW moved the Show to Homebush and whilst it was not quite the same, they did benefit from the organisation of the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and transport was included in a Show Ticket.
I went each year taking the bus from near our Glenwood House. I sometimes took grandkids and other times went by myself. I loved checking out what interested me. The last time I visited the Royal Easter Show was in 2014 when I took Miss 4 and Master 6. We had a ball! Such great memories made.
So what does Easter mean for you?
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