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Will you be having an

EGGSTRAVAGANZA?

Egg treeMy Easter is fairly quiet, with a few familiar and loved items around me.  Mam always used to make paste eggs and for many years I followed suit.  These days I don’t have anyone to play “jarpies” with me, or hunt for Easter eggs, but I did have a lovely celebration with my lady friends on Maundy Thursday.  Before we met up I had a browse around Newcastle, and couldn’t help but notice that Easter has gotten a whole lot fancier these days.

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See what I mean?

Even Shrek's in on the act!

Even Shrek’s in on the act!

Me, I’m happy with a few flowers, the painted eggs I brought back from Poland a few years ago, and a soap duck and chick bought for me by my late Aunt Anna in Kraków’s Rynek Główny.

Lace

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And on the mantlepiece, a floppy bunny (with eggs hidden inside- thanks, Kath!) and a few cards.

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How does Easter look in your home?  Wishing you peace and joy, and a happy heart.

It’s Saturday so it’s time to share your six words with Cate at Show My Face.  I hope you have a lovely weekend, and I’ll see you on Monday for my walk.

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128 comments

  1. sounds like you had a wonderful Easter, Jo! ours was quiet though we had the usual Filipino spread – lots of food 🙂 and a gorgeous weather, too!

  2. Our 20 year old daughter solemnly asked me if I would send her an Easter basket this year. She didn’t realize the gift she had given me! Other than the flurry of excitement of putting her basket together, ours was pretty quiet too. Still a Happy Easter, and I hope you and your husband had a nice one too. 🙂

    1. A few high spots but mostly quiet, Elisa. 🙂 We’ve just come back from a wonderful day on the Yorkshire Moors, which is kind of my treat to myself for the effort 🙂

  3. My Easter was pretty quiet too. I’m working on Sunday nights now so I slept most of the day in preparation for my shift. I look back ant Easter, as i do with all the holidays and feel a bit melancholy that things have changed so much. but I enjoyed a wonderful family time the weekend of Palm Sunday. Glad some traditions hold out.

    1. Traditions do seem to’ve been replaced by consumerism, Dawn, but it was great to see families out enjoying a sunny afternoon in the park on Easter Sunday. Hugs! 🙂

    1. Not one? Sheesh! I was quite virtuous too but late afternoon when Dad had gone we had a stroll around our local park. They were having an Easter fair and Mick’s eyes lit up when he saw the icecream van. Does a chocolate wafer with a flake count, do you think? 🙂 🙂

  4. Wonderful eggstravaganza! 🙂 We had a Polish Easter dinner last night 😉 It started with a sausage-carrot sour soup. I don’t remember the name.. now we are going to celebrate it with family 🙂 Hope you are having a lovely Easter! cheers and until Monday 🙂

    1. Sounds great, Indah 🙂 You won’t be able to move with all that food inside you 🙂 I’ve been busy making lunch, etc but the weather has been unexpectedly lovely so I managed to get into the garden with a book for a while.

    1. Hmmm! I have the Sunday lunch to cook and catchup washing and ironing for my prodigal son ( (: ) but right now I’m chillin’. Thanks and happy Easter to you too, Beth. 🙂

  5. your painted polish eggs are beautiful – and I wonder the mastermind behind the Shrek jelly bean display… (I assume it is jelly beans…)
    and with older kids we are not doing too much. However, with our dinner, I am going to have an assortment of edibles on a bowl.. some “peeps” (yellow of course) – then I bought a bag of “Gimbals” jelly beans – and have some misc. chocolate items. I also have some dyed hardboiled eggs that will go in the fridge for snacking (or sandwiches in the week).
    well have a great rest of your day and see you during the week amiga

    1. Happy Easter to you and the family, Yvette 🙂
      The Shrek jelly bean picture was some kind of competition, but I can’t remember what. I was with a friend at the time and she was being very patient while I tried to get a few photos. Dinner’s washed up and we had a pleasant stroll down to our local park, where they were having some kind of Easter funfair. In glorious sunshine, would you believe? Better get my walk done now 🙂

  6. Wonderful decor for your Easter celebration. It’s simple for us, too. Salmon on the grill, salad and rice. If we eat outside on the deck, that will be as celebratory as we get. Hope your Sunday is wonderful.

  7. Very simple, here. Just a few painted eggs from Ron’s mother and some flowers. Since I am surrounded by retirees whose families don’t get down for Easter, we get together for a meal with everyone contributing a dish. Happy Easter, Jo. 🐰🐥🐣🐰 💐

  8. Enjoy your day tomorrow Jo .. yes I think we’ve all been checking out the weather to make plans 😉
    Fresh flowers and my Lindt Bunnies lined up and that’s it ! I was astonished at the extravagant eggs in M&S yesterday … the shelves were FULL .
    I like your folk art painted eggs x

    1. Those good old days of bowling the paste eggs down a bank, Poppy! Looks like perfect weather for it but I’m on kitchen duty today 😦 It’s ok- I get to play on other days 🙂 Happy Easter to you, Pops 🙂

      1. You on spud bashing at the moment then Jo 😉
        I’ve just plugged some co- ords into Tom Tom and will be off out in a jiffy … you never know quite when the sun will disappear . I’m hoping for some NT garden flower shots … Have a lovely family Easter Day celebration ! xx

  9. Looks like you have some special items for the day. We used to decorate more, when the kids were younger, but don’t take the time anymore. I wish I had more energy to sort through those things…

    1. Hi, Mlissabeth and happy Easter to you! 🙂 I used to love the silly things like decorating eggs. I can remember a Star Wars theme one year, but I don’t have anyone to humour me any more 🙂

  10. I love your painted eggs and your bunny Jo. And you are right, Easter is so very different to the way it was when we were kids. I remember doing an Easter egg hunt with the kids in the back garden and now it is very quiet in that regard, no grandchildren to carry on the tradition…yet! Happy Easter my friend, hugs to you and see you on Monday 🙂 xx

    1. I was just reminiscing over some Star Wars themed eggs we decorated one year, Sherri 🙂 I had a great night out in a friend’s pub last night (feeling a little fragile this morning 🙂 ) and our lovely ladies evening on Thursday, so it’s gently down hill today with the cooking etc. Feeling lucky I’m not Lynne and don’t have to clean the pub pre-Sunday lunch 🙂 Happy Easter, darlin’!

  11. Happy Easter. I like your fancy Easter photos. I’ll be going to Mass, calling my children and grandchildren, taking a walk with my sister, and trying out a new restaurant for an early dinner.

  12. What fun photo’s Jo! I think favorites are the soap from your Aunt and the cute bunny bag. Wishing you a very Happy Easter!

  13. Pretty quiet in our household this Easter, off to our daughter & her husband’s for dinner & a wee visit . Wishing you & your loved ones a Happy Easter Jo.

    1. Bless you, Lynn! Thanks 🙂 I’ll just be cooking Sunday dinner for us, Dad and James, then sorting out his washing and ironing for him going back to Leeds. Out tonight with friends, though 🙂

  14. Happy Easter, Jo! We still have a Polish feast on Sunday with babka, kielbasa, ham, horseradish, etc. our two year old granddaughter will search for eggs, and enjoy a basket of goodies, and I will try to snitch some chocolate eggs. Our new grandson will get lots of cuddles. Can’t wait! Love your Easter photos!

    1. Thanks, Linda 🙂 The painted eggs are common in Poland and in the markets they have crosses made from corn. I like a little bit of colour to cheer the place up in case the weather’s gloomy 🙂 Happy Easter, hon!

  15. No Eastereggs here, they are basically unknown, so far! 🙂 Springflowers – neither (and orchids dont seem right for Easter), but many many Churchgroups staging “Stations of the Cross” in their various areas, stopping at certain houses along the way for prayers – this reminds me of “the olden days” in Germany when I was little. Have a blessed Easter, Jo. Carina

    1. That’s rather a nice way to do it. 🙂 There will be much more religious significance in Poland and Portugal. Here it seems to have become more about the chocolate! Thank you- and you, too, Carina 🙂

  16. I like the golden egg decorated with blue and red poppies. But I wouldn’t want to tear that off!
    Easter is like Christmas to me – without children it is meaningless unless you are religious, which I am not. When I was working it was a welcome break. I have treated myself to some pretty espresso cups and saucers (painted with birds) and out to Sunday lunch tomorrow. other than that I just hope for sunshine so I can go for a walk 🙂

    1. Sounds good to me, Jude 🙂 I’ll be cooking our usual Sunday lunch. It’s brightened up a bit here after a dismal day yesterday so we’ll probably have a stroll on the beach. Not too far cos I’m still tired from zumba and food shopping. In Durham for a 20 years celebration at my friend’s pub tonight. Saving stamina 🙂 Happy Easter to you!

      1. You see I am still puzzled as I haven’t heard of ‘paste’ eggs either? Is this a Geordie thing too? We used to colour real eggs and paint faces on them to have boiled on Easter Sunday, but paste? Almond paste?

      2. Sorry ladies! Just had the seaside stroll before the weather changes its mind again. 🙂 I take your point, Sue- I usually crack first 🙂 I don’t really know where the term ‘paste’ eggs comes from. Jude. Just something I picked up from Mam. I should Google it- there’s sure to be logic somewhere? Yes- same boiled eggs, painted or dyed with onion skins or whatever variation you want to use. Us quaint northerners 🙂

      3. Perhaps it comes from giving those eggs a pasting? As in a good beating? I love blogging – keeps the mind active learning all this new (and often trivial) information 😀

      4. Here you are, Jude- this was in the North-East Dictionary. I didn’t even know we had one!
        The origin of the word is French Pasques for Easter, after the Latin Pasca.
        “Hard boiled eggs at Easter were known as paste eggs instead of pace eggs.”
        I thought there was a religious connection- just couldn’t remember what 🙂

      5. Interesting. Now I wonder where I can use that information? Thank you for your research, I’m sure you have better things to do with your time 🙂

  17. Lovely post, Jo…quiet Easter for me, other than visiting friends for dinner tomorrow. But I have had a great run up to Easter, very sociable. Feeling a bit ‘MS’ey last couple of days, so I really have to slow down….. Have a peaceful and Happy Easter, Jo 🐣🐰

    1. I nearly fell out of my socks when I saw the price of some of them in the department store, Jill! Good job I’m a lass with simple tastes 🙂 Happy Easter, hon. Just been for a stroll by the sea. It’s almost sunny 🙂

  18. Your Easter is very pretty. No Hot Cross Buns in France and I haven’t made any this year. We do an egg tour of all the littlies round about, but that’s all. I’m about to make a seriously sinful chocolate cake for a sick friend.

    Happy Easter to you.

  19. The Easter displays in the shops are lovely, but I think your Easter decor is lovelier because it speaks to, and from, the heart. No Easter decorations in my house 😦 . But, I do have hot cross buns. 🙂

  20. Enjoy your Easter. Here it is start of school holidays too. It is so busy everywhere I just want to stay home out of all the traffic. Lovely Easter eggs.

    1. We don’t go far at Easter, for the same reason, Ineke. I have my outings just before or just after, if the weather cooperates 🙂 Happy peaceful Easter to you!

      1. Same here, roads are so busy you can’t get onto the highway without waiting at least 30 min. Enjoy the peace at home! 😀

  21. Peace, joy, and a happy heart to you too Jo. I agree Easter is much fancier these days. My decorations are simple – some twigs in a vase strung with a few decorations – but they do cheer the place up. 😉

    1. That sounds perfect. Yesterday was so damp and dreary, and of course the fair had come to town, as it always does on Bank Holidays. Kiss of death 😦 Happy Easter to you!

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