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Easter2019

posted by Natalie Paddick

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

 

 

 

 


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posted by Natalie Paddick

The Egg Game

Warning … This can provoke mass hysteria …

[You have been warned!! Tears have been known!]

The Origin of the Game

When I was young my parents made friends with a German couple and their children on a Holiday to San Sebastian … [Which incidentally I won in a raffle at my school, the two week holiday that is!] My ‘father’ who has a penchant for collecting people he thinks he can impress and influence, took a liking to this German family. Thus they were incorporated into his collection of miss-fits … Not because they were not nice they were .. But they just did not fit with him! Anyway I digress.. One Easter the German friends and their two children were billeted to Dutch Garden our family home in order to entertain my ‘father’..

They arrived to stay one Easter bringing very many generous gifts for all … One of which was a packet of thin papers in an envelope decorated with pretty shiny Easter eggs… It turned out that decorated real hard boiled eggs at Easter was a tradition for them. I was hooked from the off you dropped these pieces of paper in with the boiling eggs and they would turn the boiled eggs into the brightest full-on colours, which we shined, (back then), with bacon rashers.

 

I loved the look of them and they sat pride of place on the table until Easter Sunday came… Then we were introduced to the egg game … Which was basically to smash the eggs to see which egg remained intact at the end of the game … I know I am easily pleased! A simple person that’s me … Not!!

 

Over the years that followed I have played this game every single Easter .. However I have developed the game to make more sense for us …. This is how it works!

 

The Rules

The aim of the game is the last person standing with an intact egg is the winner … (Intact means that one side can be cracked, so long as that egg has cracked both ends of all the other eggs.)

 

1. Hard Boiled Eggs are essential, at least 3 per person .. More if you like! (We have about 6 each!)

 

2. Decoration of the eggs … See notes …

 

3. Everyone chooses just 1 egg each at the start of the game. The rest remain in the bowl until needed.

 

4. A coin is flipped to see who goes first then all persons taking part stand in a circle.

 

5. The person who has won the toss, turns to the person on their right. Both hold an egg each, pointy end of the egg out.

 

6. The winner of the toss, has first hit of the other person’s egg. Just one hit at a time!... If the hitter cracks the other egg, (pointy end). The egg that is cracked has to be tuned to blunt side of the egg. The person that has cracked the other persons egg gets to hit their egg again.  (So the second hit can be pointy to blunt end or any combination). Whichever egg has annihilated the opponent’s egg. (Both ends of one egg cracked). The winner moves onto the next person. The person that has lost this round chooses another egg, and waits their turn as the egg games goes around the circle of players.

  … Are you following?  The new opponent must use his pointy end first …

 

7. You follow this procedure until you have a winning egg .. Even if that egg has one end broken .. But has destroyed all other eggs at both ends ..

 

Okay it is a bit mad! But it is very funny and strangely competitive … For those of you that are going to complain that it is a waste of eggs .. Use the broken eggs to make egg mayonnaise sandwiches which you can enjoy later with your ‘High Tea!! …

 

Some Tips …

When my children were young they loved to decorate the eggs .. They used to drop them and crack them before we even started the game, so a good way for small children to decorate them is once boiled to put them back into the egg carton and get the children to stick transfers and stickers on the eggs. Then once they have done one side you can turn the eggs so they can be decorated on the other side.

 

Without the special egg colouring papers provided by the German friends. You can colour hard boiled eggs by using food colouring and vinegar with boiling water. If you want to be really arty-farty then you can decorated them in all manner of ways, we like to draw faces on them and personalise them…

 

The winner gets …

Well when the children were younger it used to be a chocolate egg as a prize to add to all of the other bits of chocolate they already had. Now they are all teenagers.. It is money!

 

So there you go …. The Paddick Family Egg game ….. Enjoy … 


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