Tuesday, 9 April 2013
Easter Monday, vintage blue florals and a tree swing
Easter doesn't just stop on Sunday for me. Easter Monday is when we do it all again, this time at a different location and with the extended family. This was meant to be something of a smile but I ended up yawning. What can I say, I was feeling the long-weekend laziness! I soon perked up, I promise. We were in a beautiful, leafy part of outer Melbourne. Erm, just ignore the mulch heap! I was very happy that while it wasn't Autumn-y, exactly, it wasn't hot. The cardigan wasn't entirely necessary but I had high hopes that by the end of the afternoon it would be! That said, the fire was going. This was for some of the people there who weren't feeling 100%. I love real fire places and would love to have one in my own house. Apparently having fires is a hassle but as I don't have to chop would and sweep up afterwards, I am completely romantic about them and think nothing of the hard work involved! We packed three generations into the one room. The smallest people played with toy trains, whilst the rest of us chatted. I spoke with a 15 year old who spent 6 weeks in France a couple of months ago and decided I really need to get there this year! It feels so far away. There was plenty of food, of course. And beautiful vintage teacups. And fresh fish, caught by my 17 year old nephew-in-law just that morning. Impressive! John dug in, and it looks like he is eating a tiny flame. Post lunch sport. It got heated! So we went for a walk in the gorgeous, lush garden. Which is so pretty it put a huge smile on my face. And there is a swing, hanging from a branch. I couldn't not go for a swing – albeit tentative, as the branch isn't actually that thick, as you can see! There were a few ominous creeks but I rather like living on the edge every now and then. Me, and the swing – and the branch – survived. The sun came out. And the cardigan came off. But not for long. Then we went in for coffee, cake, and more Easter eggs before heading back home. It was so nice to see everyone, and have them together for even just a few hours. It can be so hard to find time to get everyone together but it is worth the effort. A wonderful way to see off the Easter weekend!