Getting Ready for Easter
If you are staying at ours over Easter we can't guarantee sunny days but whatever the weather there is plenty to do inside and out to celebrate!
Here are just a few ideas of things that you could make or do without the usual tools (well cellotape and scissors) and bits and bobs of stuff that you have at home, although of course you can always nip to the shops and pick up some craft essentials. There is a big Hobbycraft shop on the way into Hereford that has masses of materials as well as a couple of lovely independent crafty shops in Hereford itself which are great to browse in for inspiration.
You could get the children involved in making an Easter garden. Creating the garden in an old container (ask Jonathan to find one for you) and using leaves and wild flowers (please don't pick the daffs) is easy with lots of "wilderness" to scavenge in! There is a great picture of an easy Easter garden from this blogger and a nice story too. They used an old potato to create the tomb as it was easy to carve out the middle of it! For lots and lots of other pictures of Easter gardens, click here.
If you aren't into getting dirty or the weather is really awful, then maybe a baking day could be the thing to do to prepare for Easter. Easter biscuits and Simnel cakes will be much appreciated by your friends and family and, everyone who wants to, can get involved. There is so little time to bake these days, that it could be a memorable holiday pastime! Below is an easy recipe for Easter biscuits and all the ingredients can be bought from Tillington Village Stores.
150g butter, softened
125g caster sugar plus extra for sprinkling
finely grated zest of 1 lemon
2 medium egg yolks
250g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
1/2 tsp mixed spice
10g chopped mixed citrus peel
In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar and lemon zest until creamy. Beat in the egg yolks until smooth, and then beat in the remaining ingredients until it forms a ball. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and roll out to about 5mm thickness. Using a 7cm fluted pastry cutter (or just a knife), cut out about 20 biscuits. Re-roll the trimmings as you go. Place on 2 large, non-stick baking trays, spaced a little apart.Bake in the top oven of the Aga for about 15 minutes, until pale golden. Sprinkle with caster sugar, and cool on a wire rack.
Or if baking isn't your thing, perhaps you could set about creating a crossword or a wordsearch using Easter words! Incredibly easy with the internet, just put "crossword maker" or "wordsearch maker" into Google and then think up your list of words and it will create the game for you! Of course treasure hunts are the most favourite past time for Easter with those gorgeous little chocolate eggs hidden all around the house and gardens. Sometimes it is easiest just to put them out and let the children find them but if you have a bit more time and inclination, then you could write clues to indicate where they might be.....like "In the library you need to seek, and under the table take a peek".
Happy Easter from all of us at Brinsop Court Estate