EASTER IS ON ITS WAY
I find this celebration difficult now my children are grown up, long gone are the days of collecting 100's of chocolate Easter eggs to hide in the garden
for them and their cousin to find. I always remember that the sun shone on these occasions and the children would run into the garden with the dog,
Gypsy in hot pursuit madly chasing them, barking and wagging her tail in the vain hope that they might drop one of these edible morsels, which would
mean that she would 'quick as a flash' steal the fallen egg from them, double back and running away, as they screamed at her over her blatant theft.
Gypsy would eat the entire egg if you did not get to her in time including the silver foil...!
Once we had done that entertainment we would have a large buffet lunch, which I enjoyed creating, you know the type of thing - cold meats, the Paddick
'sausage plat', [a must otherwise there is complaints], cheeses, hearty salads and potatoes of some description.. Followed by a myriad of, [even if
I say so myself], beautifully created cakes of all denominations ... Making sure the two Bengal cats were safely stowed away so as not to allow them
to ram-raid the food.. They had a irritating habit of getting outside and following the guests around the room from their position on the window ledge,
like some feline stalkers.. A quick note; for anyone thinking of buying Bengals... You should know that they come with a number of health issues, not
theirs yours as they drive you nuts! Trying to stop them getting into the food is hard work; they are professional thieves, and far better than the
dog as they are fast, dangerous, determined and prepared to fight for the food... And they jump... They also come with other even more disgusting habits,
which I won't go into in this blog! But they are beautiful to look at if that is any compensation! .. Anyway these were just lovely big family occasions,
there is about 20 of us the Paddick lot and quite often a number of friends would be invited too.. The day would meander into evening and usually the
weekend too ... More games .. More fun ... More family ... I loved doing it, it was all about family to me...
Now as these times are a beautiful memory, the older cousins have moved on and in some cases are newly married and our children have grown up too... Times
are different ... This year now our daughter, pictured at 16, has finished her university degree she will return to the fold from London for a brief
but welcome break, for both her brothers 21st Birthday and for the Easter festivities ... Such as things are now... The celebrations this year will
be a 21st Birthday party organised by them in the house, which means loud music and alcohol in abundance... I am always very much included in these
wild parties, dancing until the small hours; to be honest, it usually takes me a good week to recover! Whilst they all re-emerge the next day looking
bleary eyed; but after a few cups of tea or coffee, the latter has to be drunk away from me as I can't stand the smell... And a few bacon sandwiches
they all bonce back and are ready in the evening for round two of wild entertainment which here in Somerset, means pub, club and usually back to the
house for more drinking ... And so it goes on ....
I used to dress the table on Easter morning, with all the usual paraphernalia associated with chocolate, rabbits, chicks and painted real eggs for the
egg game later in the day, where we smash eggs to see who has the last intact egg... Another Paddick tradition ... This year our three beauty's will
emerge usually the youngest the seventeen year old first, who still finds it interesting to see what is going on downstairs Easter wise.. Followed
sometime in the early afternoon by the older two... We will enjoy a quite Easter day.. Meander through bacon sandwiches, eating the chocolate displays
and eventually sometime in the afternoon all sitting down to a big Easter lunch, listening to them tell us about the drunken antics of the night before...
Then we will have the highly competitive Egg Game with real eggs.... It is believe it or not great fun and remains one of the only family traditions
of the Easter day... But does not require much skill apart from choosing the thickest shelled egg.... At the end of the day it is cake possibly in
front of the TV... A pleasant sort of a day, but totally different from the past fun and memories of younger children..... So bring it on as
I learn to embrace the change ... Easter is a coming ... I wish you all a very Happy Easter what ever age ... Natalie xx