As March goes, last month was pretty much the coldest I can remember. Here in West Essex we had snow dustings at least three times and nice light days were continuously punctuated with strong winds. I’m still wearing my winter coat and if Meadow isn’t wearing her woollen coat, it’s her fleecy duffle coat or water proof mac – its far from cardigan weather like last Spring! Easter fell early this year and like everyone we were very much looking forward to the long weekend and the clocks going forward.
My parents came to visit for four days to see Meadow, but I’m afraid germs foiled all our Easter plans. Meadow got a bug, shortly for it to spread through the whole family. Its awful to see her ill at the best of times but this bug floored her for almost 6 days and she couldn’t leave the house with her grandparents to have fun. Instead we went down the craft route making Easter bonnets, Easter cards and paper chains. She even brightened up a little as my Mam and I made cupcakes with little chick and rabbit toppers. We sent my parents back up to Cumbria laden with rabbit shaped shortbread biscuits and Meadow’s cupcakes in a lovely Helen Rochfort white rabbit bag. We made Pace eggs too by dying boiled eggs with blue food colouring and shared them all out on Easter Sunday. She enjoyed that and was spoiled rotten with lots of lovely Easter gifts. She got a few chocolate Easter eggs but lots of beautiful cuddly toys, books and a baking set as well as a children’s strawberry growing kit. I was so pleased as they kept her amused whilst ill and made her smile. Her Nana made her a lovely Easter cardigan in spring yellow – perfect to go with her Easter dress – I can’t wait for the warmer weather so she can wear little dresses and open toe sandals!
The following weekend as we headed into April, once Meadow had recovered we decided to treat her with a trip to a farm, as she had been so good when feeling poorly. She loved feeding the deer, hens and rabbits! She ran around and got lots of fresh air that she’d been missing out on and shock horror – the sun shone! She had a great time on the carousel and horse rides and playing on the slide. It was so lovely to see her enjoy being outside and hopefully there’s more to come. I’m getting a little sick of jumpers and jeans, bring on the Spring and those floaty sundresses plus lots of lovely outdoor activities like barbeques and swimming – pretty please…!!