How are you? Have you been enjoying the cherry blossoms? At the weekend,
families across Britain enjoyed celebrating Easter. Let me tell you about
During the school Easter holiday, I had been coaching special sessions at
the gymnastics club. I made the sessions Easter-themed so whilst the
children did their gymnastics they imagined various Easter characters and
symbols: the Easter Bunny, chicks, lambs, Easter eggs, and so on. At
Easter, children receive chocolate in the shape of eggs, rabbits, or other
spring animals, and it is common to make the children hunt for
the chocolate. At the end of the gym session I hid some chocolate
"rabbits" around the gymnasium and the children hunted for it: they looked
so excited when they found the chocolate!
Unfortunately, I have to give up some of those gymnastics classes after
Easter, and so one little boy and his family gave me a beautiful bunch of
tulips as a thank you / goodbye present. I was so grateful and was moved
to tears. The flowers are really typical of the Easter season so I've put
a picture of them at the top of this article. Thank you so much to my
gymnasts: they've been wonderfully fun to coach and I won't forget them.
Friday 14th was Good Friday, which I wrote about in a previous article. It
is a national holiday in England so my sister and I took the opportunity to
have some relaxing sister time together. Recently it was my birthday so my
sister treated me to a day out at a spa. We had two treatments each (I had
a facial and a body scrub) and afterwards we had a bento lunch with a glass
of prosecco. I thought you'd be interested to see what a British-style
bento looks like...
It is traditional to have fish on Good Friday so I chose a salmon wrap with
a goats cheese and beetroot salad for my bento. I also like lemon so I
decided to have lemon tart for dessert. It was all lovely.
After lunch we used the spa, sauna, and steam room. I'm not used to this
kind of place but enjoyed having the chance to chat with my sister.
The next day, Easter Saturday, my sister's family came to our house and we
did an Easter Egg Hunt in the garden for my 2 year old niece. She wore the
traditional Easter bonnet and had an Easter basket to put the chocolate
in. My sister hid lots of chocolate around the garden and my niece looked
so excited when she discovered something, especially when she found the
Because she is still very young, she shouldn't eat a lot of chocolate so we
encouraged her to give some to other members of the family...
After the hunt, my mum and dad made a big buffet lunch for us...
It was followed by a special Easter dessert...
This cake is panettone, an Italian dessert with dried fruits inside, but it
was special because it was made to have a cross on it. This mimicked the
traditional Easter bread, hot cross bun...
The cross on this bread represents the cross that Jesus died on, and it is
a symbol of Easter because this is when Christians remember when Jesus died
and came back to life. I love hot cross buns! They taste good when you
toast them and put some butter on. Traditionally, hot cross buns have
dried fruit and cinnamon in them but recently we can get cherry and almond,
chocolate and orange, apple, and Earl Grey tea flavour. I like cherry
and almond the best and made sure I ate one during the Easter holiday!
After lunch, we exchanged Easter presents. I love dark chocolate so my
sister got me some dark chocolate "chicks" and my parents got me a dark
chocolate Easter Egg. Yum yum! I'll have to eat them little by little so
I don't put on too much weight...!
Because we'd eaten a big Easter lunch, we needed to burn some calories so
my mum and I took my niece for a walk. Recently a family of ducks has
brought its ducklings to a tiny stream near our house. It seemed
appropriate to go and feed these newborns during Easter because it is the
season of rebirth. My niece really enjoyed getting some food and giving it
to the ducks. You should be able to see the ducklings at the back of this
All in all, it was a great Easter, a mix of traditional and new
activities. It's back to work this week though! I hope you have had a
nice spring holiday too. What were your best memories? Please do tell me
Thank you for reading this. Until next time, take care! Best wishes, from