Last Friday we slept in, rising late ready for a lazy day. Lazier than usual, given that we are both looking for jobs, so don’t have a lot (that is compulsory) to do every day. When I looked at the newspaper, I realised I was a week out! The false start was due to the fact I was too lazy to look at a calendar, and had based my assumptions on something a friend had said. Oh well, we had some nice hot cross buns for lunch!
It is of course Easter this weekend. I know that now. Easter may well be a time of hope in the northern hemisphere, but it is often a time of closure, with a little foreboding, down at this end of the world. There are certain features that come with the weekend. Hot cross buns, and chocolate of course. Though we’re going to try to limit the chocolate this year. It nice though to eat warm hot cross buns if it’s cold outside, accompanied by a hot cup of tea. In previous years, my husband would head over to a bakery in the next suburb to buy some fresh buns. But this year we’re trying to save money, so we’ve down-graded to supermarket buns. They’re quite nice though – we had them last week. So we’re happy to put that particular Easter ritual on hold till we’re less impecunious.
Easter always seems such a long holiday. Four days off, to get things done (when we were working), or to relax and do things we wouldn’t otherwise. We always get to the end of the weekend though, wondering where the time went. I wonder if we will do that this time?
Easter is one of the few times in the year when the shops are shut. In fact, almost every shop will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. And there are laws restricting the sale of alcohol, unless you are eating a meal at a restaurant. I think these regulations are archaic, and unnecessarily impose restrictions from one particular religion on to the entire population. That said, there is something nice about days when there is no commercial frenzy, no outlet for materialism. (The only other days in NZ when trading is restricted are ANZAC Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.) Though if I’m honest, any shopping or spending money this Easter is out of the question for us this year. So it really won’t have much of an impact.
Easter almost always marks the end of the good weather. It’s gloomy and raining as I write this, and it is forecast to continue tomorrow too, even though I see we are predicted to reach a pleasant 22 degs C. Still, it is always a good time to sort through my clothes, wash and put away all my summer clothes, and dig out the winter clothes in anticipation of the next five months or so. I’ll keep out a few short sleeve summer shirts. Just in case. But not so many as to tempt fate.
Perhaps because of the advent of inclement weather at this time of year, we often use the time to catch up on reading. Due to my pre-occupations with photobooking at the moment, I haven’t done any reading for ages. I quite like the idea of curling up on the couch one afternoon, maybe with a glass of wine or cup of tea, and a good book. (I started The Luminaries several weeks ago, and I’m not even 20% the way through.)
And when I’m tired of reading (and photobooking), I’m thinking I might try some baking. It seems to be an Easter thing to do. I don’t bake often (otherwise we eat it). But this weekend, I’m thinking I might try a chocolate marmalade tart recipe I saw the other day. Or a spicy apple cake. Or a lemon delicious dessert.
You know, after writing this I’ve realised that I am quite looking forward to our quiet weekend.