Easter Egg hunt at Shepherds Cottage

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Easter morning was spent gorging on food with family and exchanging Easter eggs – just like how it should be! We filled up on Farmer’s market eggs, home-made granary loaf with lashings of butter and washed it all down with copious amounts of Yorkshire tea and orange juice. After all, we needed¬†sustenance for the Easter egg hunt that was about to commence…

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Yes, your eyes are not playing tricks on you…Hannah got me ‘Reester’ Bunnies and boy oh boy do they live up to the peanut butter cups – if you ever get a chance to get your hands on some of these, make sure you get at least 3 or 4 packs, and send one my way – you’d make me a ‘Reesely’ happy bunny ūüėČ

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IMG_1269Once we’d finished with breakfast, we headed over to West Hill.

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I’ve spent many a happy Christmases and Summers with my Grandma at her house, Shepherd’s Cottage, but one time in particular always reminds me of my Grandma and that is staying with her during Easter and the amazing Easter egg hunts she would put on for me, my sister and all my cousins. The cottage has a huge garden and orchard¬†to roam, with great little nooks and crannies for hiding places, so it was always the perfect hunting ground.

Devastatingly, this was the first Easter without my Grandma, so we thought we would have our own little Easter egg hunt as tribute and for old time’s sake…

My mum took charge and hid all the eggs, but before she had even had a chance to complete her count down, Hannah and I were off!

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I was on a roll, finding the eggs left right and centre, until Jane popped out of nowhere and stampeded over to where I’d clearly missed some! I knew by this time, I had competition. It was GAME ON.

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Dammit, Jane was too quick! She was steaming ahead – just look how chuffed she was! I had to step it up a notch. Meanwhile, Hannah was finding it all rather eggshausting trying to find the hidden treasures…

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“But I thought if I wore this jumper the Easter bunnies would give me a¬†sixth sense to help¬†find the eggs!”

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We felt sorry for Hannah as she was far behind everyone else so we gave her a little help… “Colder, colder…”

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“Warmer…” SHE FOUND ONE! Just look at that grin!

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In that time, I’d found all of mine muahaha – we had set a target to find 9 each and I was the first to complete the challenge – it’s amazing how quick you can run when your ‘finish line’ is finding chocolate ūüėõ¬†all while ironically wearing my ‘Kale’ jumper!

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Soon after, Jane found all of hers – so now we were just waiting on Hannah, Lee and my mum!

 

I took to exploring the garden to soak my surroundings up, as I knew this may be one of the last times I get to spend there, as my family has to sell the house.

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Finally the rest of the clan caught up and found their chocolate eggs…

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The rest of the afternoon was a leisurely one. Some of us read…

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and some of us snoozed…

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A lot of my childhood was spent growing up here and I’ve got a huge amount of wonderful memories with my Grandma at Shepherd’s Cottage. It deeply saddens me that she wasn’t here to spend another great holiday with¬†– but in our memory she lives on and in our memory we’ll treasure the times we had together.

Here’s to you, Grandma! We love you and miss you very much.

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