Easter is such a lovely time of year. Although the weather can vary dramatically there can be some lovely bright evenings, accompanied by a light feeling in the air. One that's tinged with the hopeful promises of a lovely summer just lurking around the corner, one that's waiting to shower us with it's rays of sunshine, anytime soon.
And with that positivity let me shower you with my Easter cheer!
My Easter break got off to a wonderful start with another meet-up of my SHOWgal pals. Another evening spent lazing over a nice meal, where both the conversation and the wine flowed with great regularity - as did the hilarity! We wondered if we could top the 'lift situation' from our last night out? We concluded that wine-spluttering conversational moments containing such hilarious faux pas like 'the civil cervix' (don't ask!) meant that, yes, we most certainly did!
I swear, nights out with these ladies are like a much needed tonic and should be prescribed on a regular basis, for everyone in the audience!
And if you're wondering about the acronym 'SHOW' well, it was coined by one of the gals and means 'Seasoned Hooofers On the Wine'. Which says it all really! As does this photo.... oh the poor wait staff in that restaurant!
Some 'Merry Murderesses of Cook County Jail' just itching to don those dance shoes again!
Easter Religious Celebration
Now before I go any further you should know that I'm not terribly religious and attend weekly Mass only when I can, which is a rare occasion these days. But Easter is a special time and a good friend needed a dig-out on Good Friday; and I never let a good friend down. Even if that means being a reluctant member of the 'Stations of The Cross' pageant!
I really wasn't looking forward to it, it was a chore; a task to be ticked off that day's to-do-list.
I really didn't expect to enjoy it but ever so surprisingly I did, and I played my limited 'role' as best I could. The pageant was actually a little moving, especially with our 'Jesus' who uttered appropriate groans of pain and anguish at all the right times. We were a costumed hotchpotch mix of parents, ex-Panto members and children. The feeling of community spirit was very high, and for that reason in particular I was very glad that I did it.
And the 'role' I played? Why, Mary Magdalene of course! Yup, typecast. I know!
It's been a while since our last trip to this beautiful spot on the Gold Coast in Dungarvan, Co Waterford, so we treated ourselves to a few days there over the Easter weekend. It was fabulous. We attended Easter Sunday Mass in a lovely, quaint church where the community spirit was also high with the lovely involvement of the local children in song and liturgical dance.
We were so blessed with good weather, affording some stunning views. I took so many photographs that they just might get their own blog post. So for now I'll leave you with this little teaser!
In the fortnight before Easter I immersed myself in the knitting and crocheting of some cute Easter chickens, chicks, eggs and one lone, teeny, tiny 'marshmallow bunny'! They were such a joy to make and truly brought great cheer. I know they are a small collection but I intend to add to them each year. Well, they're such fun to make and it sure beats housework!
Easter Birthday Celebrations
Once upon a time there were two little boys who were born three months apart, one at Christmas and one at Easter. They became very good friends, which was really rather handy since their mothers were such good friends also. Friends who also just happen to be cousins. The boys birthdays have always been a perfect excuse to meet up at such lovely times of the year. And this Easter was no different. A trip to the interesting BodyWorld's Animals Inside Out Exhibition was planned along with a lovely lunch, allowing both teenagers and adults their 'catch-up' time.
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to bow out unexpectedly at the last minute, but the boys enjoyed their day out, and I am very glad about that.
The thing is that sometimes our dreams really are 'Visions?'. Sometimes, sadly, they actually happen, and the dreaded phone call is received.
However, currently all is relatively okay as the fighting spirit reigns. For now.
So we shall continue to be cheerful.
And remain hopeful.
As this post is part of a Blog Hop you might like to read some more 'Reasons To Be Cheerful' as listed below and as hosted hosted by Ojo's World!