Tuesday 23rd July 2019

Easter Means This. 16/51 #LifeThisWeek. 41/2019.

Easter Means This. 16/51 #LifeThisWeek. 41/2019.

Easter means nothing religious to me these days.

Although I was brought up to eat fish on Good Friday and Easter Eggs left by the Bunny were only consumed on Easter Sunday.

Oh, yes and Hot Cross Buns for Good Friday breakfast.

Protestant upbringing, in the 1950s-1060s.

Some traditions die hard and I “still” make my Dad and daughter what was Mum’s speciality: the Fish Dish. Haddock in a curry-flavoured white sauce.

As parents we enjoyed the fun of leaving an Easter Bunny (Elegant Rabbit from K Mart I recall)  and eggs around the house. Sometimes there’d be a dozen hidden and an empty egg box with clues left for the child to find the egg. I know we had fun making up the clues and seeing the results the next day.

As grandparents we might have an Easter Egg hunt and in what was to be our last Easter celebrating in Sydney with all the grandkids there, this was amazing fun! Much laughter and guesses when Papa would ask the grandkids questions so they could choose their prizes. Don’t ask me the details, it was five years ago!

 

EGGStravagant Easter Egg Hunt for the final time in Sydney: for all the grandkids.

 

My less-EGGstravagent Eggs for Grandkids in 2017.

I love the Royal Easter Show in Sydney and have done since I was a kid and it was held at the old Showgrounds – now the Entertainment Quarter I think. It was good when the show came to Homebush for travelling as we could catch the bus in and entry was included. I often took the grandkids and this was my last time, in 2014. I loved whatever was happening in the main arena – time for a snack and a sit down too. This time it was motor cross and motor bikes on show. I also loved getting to the Woodchopping arena. Fantastic to see the country coming to the city.

Royal Easter Show: Sydney. Last visit for me: 2014. Loved the Show!

At the Show: with a motorbike fan grandson next to me.

Nostalgia is playing a part in this post! Bear with me. Back in my Infants teaching days and as an Assistant Principal in the 1980s an Easter Hat Parade was mandatory. Well, encouraged by the community and we teachers did have some fun too. Whilst the kiddies paraded in their home-made hats and bonnets, the “Easter Bunny” aka the parent committee, visited empty classrooms and left an egg for all the children. Much excitement!

At one school, we used this song, on video here, over and over as the parade progressed. Nothing about paying copyright and fees back then either. I cannot hear this (and I like it) without remembering: melting chocolate coming off hats where the eggs were part of the decoration….and how much trouble some parents went to in making Easter hats. It was never a competition at schools back then. Thank goodness.

This video is from the US and the Northern Hemisphere is into Spring and all that brings for Easter. Enjoy if nostalgia is your thing too! The video that was here has been deleted. I did not. However, “we never know” do we with the internet. I am the only one with access to this blog.

maskedman46Published on 29 Mar 2013

Never saw you look quite so pretty before

Never saw you dress quite so handsome

What’s more?

I could hardly wait to keep our date

This lovely Easter morning

And my heart beat fast as I came through the door

For…

In your Easter bonnet with all the frills upon it

You’ll be the grandest fella’ in the Easter parade

I’ll be all in clover and when they look us over

We’ll be the proudest couple in the Easter parade.

On the avenue, Fifth Avenue, the photographers will snap us

And you’ll find that you’re in the rotogravure

Oh, I could write a sonnet about your Easter bonnet

And of the guy, I’m taking to the Easter parade.

On the avenue, Fifth Avenue, the photographers will snap us

And you’ll find that you’re in the rotogravure

Judy Garland…Fred Astaire…Ann Miller in Easter Parade Musical 1948

 

Hope your Easter holidays are/were safe, happy and eggs-cellent!
Denyse.

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  1. We used to love going to the Easter Show. We lived in the country & it really was when the country comes to the city. We used to go on Good Friday though & that meant no meat pies or dagwood dogs – although I used to argue that there was not enough meat in a dagwood dog for any thunderbolt & lightning action.

    • Yes to the ‘old days’ of the Easter Show. Loved reading your take. I still remember some 54 years later, the ‘wrath’ of my mum after hearing I had eaten a hot dog on Good Friday at the show when I went with some friends. We weren’t religious but did the fish thing on Good Friday. I have never forgotten.

      When I took our kids (as kids) to the old Showground, I would do the Sunday before Easter got really started and drive in. Loved the quiet at that time of day too, and we came home as the hoards arrived.

      Later, as in the pics here, I took grandkids on the Bus from Samantha Riley bus stop – still had to park the car. All that now of course, is about the train!

      Denyse x

  2. Hi Denyse, this year in particular Easter has had little meaning to me as we were busy moving. I remember though growing up in Sydney and it meant school holidays, the Royal Easter Show, Easter Eggs and of course no meat on Good Friday. We used to have Hot Cross Buns on Easter Sunday. Now they have them in the shops from January!!! Thanks for your thoughts on Easter at #lifethisweek. xx

    • How lovely are your memories and they are similar to mine.

      As for moving. Ugh. It is so tiring. I hope, that you find some quiet time and enjoy being back near the beach again.

      Denyse x

  3. As a non-practising Jew Easter was never a big deal at home although it’s much yummier than Passover and the lack of bread that that entails! We always got on board with the creme egg situation though and I did love Easter activities when I was teaching – so much fun! I think I would love the Easter show but I’ve never been. The crowds and the queues really put me off! Hope you had an egg-cellent Easter!

    • I like that you get to make the religious-based holiday treats what you can. Go for it.

      I am not a fan of Easter food much at all. Used to have the hot cross buns on Friday for breakfast growing up. Easter Sunday was always a shared baked dinner type meal at my parents. But, as we are now just two, we do as we please and those long-gone traditions are memories.

      Our daughter and family visited on Good Friday but it was to celebrate Miss 7’s bday so it was quite the banquet for that and Easter…just some eggs for each person and we did not get caught up in ‘no meat’ either.

      The show is crowded and I liked to arrive very early if I could. I would still go but I would drive from here and parking is costly and I need to take into account my energy levels these days. So, I will retain my memories.

      Denyse x

  4. Easter is a very significant time for me Denyse – the death and resurrection of Jesus – his love for mankind, the sacrifice and example he set for us all resonate really strongly with me. The chocolate and hot cross buns are also another fun layer in the mix. Plus the annual Easter family visit from our son, DIL and grandgirls. A very special time of year indeed.

    • I hear you on your beliefs and respect the meaning for you.

      It sounds like this is the best Easter time for you and yours.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Denyse x

  5. I wish we had an Easter Show in Adelaide, it sounds like such fun! Hope you’re enjoying the Easter break xx

    • I thought most cities would have a major show but the one at Easter does seem to be Sydney’s.

      It was and is fun but getting more expensive to attend.

      It’s been a nice Easter break and the weather has been perfect.

      Denyse x

  6. Your memories brought back mine Denyse! I remember taking my girls to the Easter Show at the old location and then to the newer one, but we haven’t been for many years now. I’ve had a lovely time with my daughter, SIL, baby Emilia, my sister and het husband plus my mother staying and my brother and uncle visited too. Just missing my husband who is still away walking Kokoda with school kids. Everyone has now left and I’m home alone for another week. Enjoyed your post and have added one to the linkup. Off to read some of the others now 🙂 . Thanks

    • You’ve had no time to call your own but what fun that was to have so many of the family with you.

      Yes, the old show was a good space. I found it hard to get to love the newer one.

      I hope you get to do some things for you…even if that means “absolutely nothing” for the next week.

      Denyse x

  7. I love Easter! With six kids to create an egg hunt for, the price this year came to a staggering $275 in chocolate! Had to mention that! Xx Happy Easter!

    • Wowzers. Of course that must have been fun. I know I enjoyed doing that when the grandkids were younger too. I hope, ahem, all that chocolate gets eaten. Some I used to find in the fridge way past Easter.

      Denyse x

  8. Easter eggs and Easter, in general, is something I’ve mainly experienced only since being in Australia. I knew about Easter of course, and growing up, we had a day off for Good Friday but I didn’t know much else apart from it was about the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. So yeah, unfortunately, Easter means nothing to me. It’s a long weekend and apparently, with a lot of chocolate! 😛 {Seriously though, how did chocolate play a part in this??}

    • Yeah but nah but I think…it’s because “we” adopted some Spring traditions from maybe US and UK. That’s where the ‘new life’ as an egg is. As for the bunny. Mmmm. So chocolate. Again, I thought I knew stuff but not this one.

      Hey, the days off are good though aren’t they!!

      Denyse x

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