Hello lovelies, it would seem that I unintentionally disappeared from my blog for the whole of the Easter holidays. While I had tonsillitis I pre-wrote enough posts to cover the first week of the holidays...but then somehow the weather was so lovely, the children so much fun and my laptop so broken that the second week passed me by too. I realised when the end of the holidays came that despite my tonsillitis loitering with me for much of it, it had felt incredibly relaxing and restorative: it was the first school holiday for over a year where someone in our family hadn't either died or been seriously ill...the relief of pottering about with the children with less to pull at our minds and without such an undercurrent of sadness and worry was immeasurable.
There was only a little sewing...a quilt patch to embroider for a waiting quilt, a hem shortened, a few tiny felt mice made for the children. Other than that it was all about eating outside in the sunshine, visiting swing parks, long walks, bike rides and playing in the garden. And a fair few pub lunches. After a two hour walk can you imagine how happy we were to find a pub that serves its risotto strewn with pink flowers? Does anyone know what they are? I'd love to grow* some.
The supercharge of a generally happy Easter holiday found me in an unusual state of efficacy yesterday and I decided to leave my blog and any sewing for one more day in the hope that I might achieve something that I've always aspired to do for the last few years: I completed my tax return before the end of April. Stultifyingly dull, but such a good feeling to have my receipts stash now filed away, my accounts up to date for the last year and a message in my inbox from the Inland Revenue saying that my tax submission is complete.
However, despite there being very little sewing that's gone on over the last two weeks, as soon as I've taken some photos I have lots to show you from before the holidays...
I hope you had a lovely Easter break too,
* One evening Mr Teacakes and I sat on the patio potting new plants and both marvelled at how every year we are both filled with a baseless optimism that we will not somehow kill them. So when I say I'd like to 'grow' some of this risotto beautifier, I use the term loosely but hopefully!