It's almost Easter! How did that happen? I feel unprepared. I seem to remember confidently declaring here, at the start of the month, that I was going to bake a Simnel cake this Easter. Well, that hasn't happened for lots of reasons, which are mainly that I have had not had the time or the will to think about it, I don't really care for almond paste, and I still have half a Christmas cake sitting in a tin in the kitchen. I don't want to make or eat fruit cake right now.
But what I am doing, what I have done this Easter is...eat mini eggs, lots of them. Probably too many. I made chocolate nests with the children at Angus's nursery and then again at home with Angus and I learnt that the combination of shredded wheat and melted chocolate looks charming but tastes disgusting. I dug out my felt Easter egg garland and the birdboxes I made last year. I experimented with my new bell jar, fiddling around with little arrangements and generally enjoying myself. Cards have been made and posted, a large chocolate Hello Kitty Easter egg has been purchased for Bella and a chocolate dog for Angus. I have attended and clapped at Easter "sing-a-longs" and learnt that the song "Little Peter Rabbit Has A Fly Upon His Nose" has three verses, yes three.
What else? The snow is slowly melting. I have a nice bruise on my left hip where I slipped on the ice (on the way to the pub - I hadn't even had a drink!) last night. It's still cold but when the sun peeks out and the wind drops you can feel a little warmth, just for a moment. The evenings grow longer and lighter. And I am washing, ironing, packing and writing lists, ready to travel down south to see family at the weekend. Tomorrow there will be coffee and hot cross buns at a friends house and on Sunday there will be church and a big family lunch. There is a long weekend ahead of us to enjoy and savour.
So no, I have not made a Simnel cake but I've had lots of fun doing other thing instead. Next year I'll make one. Definitely. What are you plans this Easter weekend?