Sunday, 5 April 2015

An Easter Break!

I'm afraid whatever is wriggling in the package that Reuben took charge of last week has been left there. He felt the need to drag it outsde but, as it has been pouring down ever since, it has been left there, unopened. Perhaps he will bravely see what it holds later today....


But in the meantime, we are taking an Easter break. The weather is suddenly glorious and Angelina has nipped home from her trip to chapel before the others. She is well aware that short arms and legs put her at a disadvantage in the annual Easter egg hunt.

She's just a little nervous round the donkeys and sheep - they are rather large - but she's prepared to brave them in her search for chocolate.

'You seen shiny wrapped Easter eggs, Cosmo?' she asks the donkey. ' No! S'pose if you had, you'd have eatened them!' she says, remembering that Cosmo loves sweet things too.
He does have a slightly guilty look this morning.

' Will you tell me if you knows where there's eggs to eat, Hobie?' she asks Hobo, but he's sunbathing on an old board and just yawns and stretches.

She asks the biggest lamb, 'You know where Mam and Dada hid the eggs while I was at chapel?'
But the lamb is more interested in where the best tasting grass is growing and whether she can find it before the rest of her flock.

 Angel decides there is no point in asking the hens. They would just give her a hard-shelled egg with no chocolate inside.
She is feeling a little sad now. If she doesn't find an egg soon, the bigger kids will be back and, if they find them all, they might not share.

 Dada s busy with the sheep, so he won't have time to help. Mam's probably busy cooking lunch and anyway, she hid the eggs, so she won't tell where they are, it is meant to be an Easter egg HUNT.

Almost in despair, Angelina finds her bear, Ozzie. At least she can have an Easter hug, she thinks sadly.

'Up there!' says Ozzie. 'Mam hid your share of the eggs up there!'

Angelina fetches her special egg keeper hen. Ozzie climbs high onto the garden..................

..................and hands down three large, shiny eggs and twelve little sugary ones.

Five minutes later, Angel and Ozzie are hiding amongst the plants.

' Three big chocloate eggs' she says.' That's one for Timmy, one for Connor and one for me.

'Don't need one for Teddy now cos he lives in Spain so it would get melty and he has ice-cream on the beach instead.  Don't need any for the big kids, they can find their own. Don't need any for babies as they'd get sick.
'Then we got twelve little ones, hmm!'
 She has to think hard as twelve is a high number.

Suddenly, she smiles.

'Three for you because you helped find them Ozzie and they won't make your fur sticky like the chocolatey ones. One for me, one for Connor and one for Timmy, that makes, erm? Six? That leaves...erm? Six more. We share those tomorrow, Ozzie!'

Happy Easter, everybody!


  1. How gorgeous to spend a little time today 'down on the farm' with the very sweet looking Angelina amongst the animals. She's looking very trendy in her new Sharon Humphrey's clothing, even down to her red/white striped socks!

    It was lucky that her teddy bear Ozzie had spotted where their Mam had hidden the three toddler's eggs.... as, as it was so rightly pointed out, I don't suppose that they would stand too much of a chance once the 'bigger' kids had come back from Chapel.

    Enjoy your eggs Angelina, Timmy and Connor. (Now wondering if poor Connor has ever got to taste a chocolate egg before with his twin brother, that greedy chocolate loving Lucas always being around!)

  2. Happy Easter Jen! I really enjoyed the trip round the farm...the chickens remind me of when I was a little girl helping feed our hens...and Cosmo!! He reminds me of Donkey rides on the beach (Poor things)

  3. Haha! Kendal - Connor holds his own in the chocolate department and Lucas is safely at home with Dee, no doubt tricking small bears into donating their share of eggs to the worthy Deprived Little Lucas Charity! The two of them are very similar in temprement and anyway it's the quiet ones you have to watch, so I'm keeping an eye on young Timmy!

    Cosmo is a bit poorly this Easter, Ronny, so the very naughty Nancy stood in for him at the local church Palm Sunday parade. Far from being a well-behaved little ass, she bucked the young stand-in for Jesus off her, he said a few words I'm sure Jesus didn't know, his unlce, standing near-by grabbed him and issued dire threats. The not so meek and mild young man stalked into church as Nancy heehawed loudly, the choristers fell about giggling and forgot both the words of their hymn and to lie the palms before the chap in not so white any longer robes.
    Bit of a disaster really but everybody seemed to enjoy it and Nancy was invited back bu the vicar for the Christmas do - not a chance that she will be allowed to under-study Cosmo then, though! Me, no church for a while, sticking to chapel where I'm not really known...........

    1. I would have loved to have been there...:)

    2. It would have been funny, if the donkey had belonged to somebody else, I'm sure!

    3. Perhaps somewhat embarrassing for you at the time but a great fun talking point and another 'never-to-be- forgotten' incident.for future reminiscing.

  4. Love to see your sweet Angelina and your animals in the springsun!
    (Just a littlelittle envious- as I want to have my own chicken and sheep...)

    Happy easter to you all!

  5. Thank you Anne! I love our little farm too, until the geese start making a noise at 5a.m!

  6. Lovely trip round the farm, perfect for Easter Sunday. Loved seeing all the animals and Angelina and Ozzie looking for eggs of the Chocolate kind ! ;)
    We also had lovely weather because we had family over, so could not go and do the workshop roof!! I just hope it stays nice tomorrow... :)

    1. Ah, toddlers are less enthusiatic about eggs-in-a-shell collecting - those hen's can look scary when you are small. My childhood horror of cleaning out henhouses wasn't all to do with the pong - more about those beady, slightly ferocious eyes staring into my own.

  7. Happy Easter Jenni. Glad to see Angelina is safely home after her Spanish modelling holiday and that she has got the first choice of the Easter eggs with Ozzie's help.

    1. Yes it's lovely to have her home, though she tells me Tita Sharon cooks better, makes better clothes, buys more ice-cream, is kinder etc than I am. She's a right little madam when she wants her own way!

    2. kids were ever thus! and I'm sure it isn't true re your cooking etc.

  8. Hi Jen
    Happy Easter. I received an email to say you had posted, but unfortunately it won't let me leave a comment, some I had to go to Dee's blog to find your blog, lol.
    Love the pictures of your farm, do you really have a donkey? Xxxx

    1. Hi Steve
      Hope you had a great day!

      I have the same problems commenting on Kendal's blog. Sometimes Wordpress lets me in, like yesterday, but today I was refused access to the comment section - most odd.

      We have 3 donkeys - all rescued. Meg is 30, Cosmo about 7 or 8 and Nancy Naughty Knickers is 4 and, although already a grandma, has not grown up yet and can be a bit of a terror. Sadly, her previous owner let her foal too young and that hasn't helped with her juvenile behaviour, she's like a mouthy teenager sometimes.

  9. What great photos, I love the fat lamb....what a sweetie...I want him to come and live here :)
    And nice to see my adopted 'neice' again, such a sweet child...and SOooooo well behaved! I was expecting such a naughty little girl but perfect in every way! ;) Love that donkey too, always fancied having a miniature donkey as a pet! :)

  10. Adorable post! It so reminded me of some of the books I read to my children when they were little. Sounds like Angelina has figured out how to divide the eggs just right.

  11. Hello jenann,

    I have been reading your blog for a while, and finally decided to subscribe to an email update. I too have taught children and I love writing stories for them, I have greatly enjoyed the sweet, funny and adventurous stories that you have posted on this blog, and might even be inspired to start my own blog, though I doubt that it would be as interesting.

    I also enjoy the fact that the Gregors have a slight majority here. I love the Gregors, and if I ever had the time or money to start a real collection, I have a feeling that the Gregors would also be more in evidence in my family.

    I was especially fascinated by Paul. Is he an OOAK? I only ask because I am sure that I own his twin sister. If I ever figure out one-on-one communication in this blogging world, I would be glad to send a picture, if you were interested.

    I love this post. Angelina is adorable, and your farm and garden are beautiful. I am also very curious about that mysterious package in your last post. Looking forward to receiving an update.