This year it felt that April was a month of anticipation, waiting for a late Easter celebration. Thanks to my part time hours and bank holidays, I felt like I was on holiday for a lot of April. Our Easter holidays were full of activities and celebrations, from the sporty, swimming, tennis and loads of walking to family days out at the aquarium and local attractions and then a family birthday and Easter celebrations. April was a lovely month topped off with a heatwave for Easter weekend, just perfect.
I’ve finished reading two books this month, The Closed Circle by Jonathon Coe and The Language of Kindness, a nurse’s story by Christie Watson. The Closed Circle is a sequel to the Rotters Club which I really enjoyed, a story following the fortunes of a group of school boys (albeit pretty much all middle class and white). I wasn’t so taken by the sequel but it was interesting to look back retrospectively at the late 1990s, particularly through the political events, New Labour etc.. It was quite satisfying that the privileged backgrounds didn’t bring success or happiness in all cases. The second book was much more inspiring and heart breaking, you do need a box of tissues on hand and this book will only deepen your admiration for the nurses in our hospitals. The book takes the reader from birth to death through different stories, I learnt so much in this book from the history of nursing to some new medical information. I really recommend The Language of Kindness.
This month I have also read the online updates from my parents who are doing the Camino Santiago. I’m so proud of them for having completed it. The children and I followed in our Atlas, ticking off the route as they progressed.
On television, my husband and I finally succumbed to all the hype about Line of Duty and are totally hooked. Its the first series we have watched and can’t wait to the finale next weekend.
At the cinema, I took the children to see Shazham, about a teenager who can turn into a superhero by saying Shazham. I loved it, its funny, has a decent story line and great effects. Its also great to see a film where the foster family have such a positive portrayal. Its a fantastic film.
For Little Miss this month it was her final Easter bonnet parade at school so we made a fascinator containing chocolate, she was made up. Little man had a farmer look.
On the final weekend of the holidays we had a family get together for Grandad’s 87th birthday. As it was at the end of the holidays, we had time to plan our outfits and all felt that little glow you get from a well chosen outfit.
My dress is from Boden, who do the comfiest and stylish dresses in fantastic prints. I bought the small basket, ethically, hand woven in one of the art galleries in town and the scarf is an old favourite. Little Miss’ skirt is from Fat Face and the white daisy top and rainbow trainers are from Next.
This month, I spent an evening each with the children making their Easter bonnets, its nice to have 1:1 time on a little creative project.
I also planned and made the Easter lunch. I wanted a simple, fresh meal as it was the day after the big family celebration for Grandad so I knew we would have eaten well and perhaps a little indulgently and also because I knew there would be lots of chocolate and treats being consumed too. I was really pleased with the menu and food, it suited our Easter Sunday celebrations perfectly.
Continuing with my #19for2019 theme, I made a playlist for Easter. Its strange how some songs have such an emotional effect on you and I found in this playlist, that there are a few songs which have special family memories. Whilst they may appear as random choices, for me there’s a story behind them, from my dad singing ‘Tulips from Amsterdam’ to me when I was a little girl, to ‘Easy Lover’ being no 1 and on the new Now album we got for an Easter to the deep, spiritual effect of the hymn ‘Were you there..’ This #19for2019 is having a special meaning for me, that I wasn’t expecting. So May starts our busy, busy time of the year, our calendar is looking pretty full in the upcoming months, holidays, school and cub camps, SATS (grrrr) and a few secret surprises. This is my favourite time of year, I’m just looking forward to feel the warm sun rays on my face and slipping on my favourite flip flops.