Happy Easter everyone!
I’m hoping that you had a wonderful day with a bit of that spring itch, a bit of yellow, and some painted eggs perhaps. We’ve combined Belgian and Swedish Easter habits this year to bring out some joy and color in a challenging time and nature that hasn’t fully woken up after winter.
So what did we do?
– We painted eggs but opted for paper ones that we can reuse and hung them in an Easter tree. In Belgium, we would pick one of those beautiful curly Salix matsudana (willow) twigs, but so far I haven’t seen them anywhere here so I just went into my garden and collected a few different branches.
– Then folded origami cranes as these birds and their very typical call announces spring for us. (Also for the Easter tree).
– At the entrance of our garden, just by the road, we decorated some branches with bright colored feathers – I think this is a Swedish habit, or maybe even local tradition, but I find it looking so joyful.
– Normally I would dive into the chocolate eggs (Belgian chocolates are my favorites) but since I’m not responding well to sugar, I asked my mom not to send them- though choice, I can tell you that!
– As a little treasure hunt, we went rockhounding, and visited a few mines while hiking with the dogs. They don’t care about stones or mines, but they absolutely loved the walk, the smells, and the sunshine. Since their dinner, I haven’t heard any of them- except for some snoring 🙂