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Easter on the Meadow

Getting ready to find some bunny nests!

Family and friends get ready to find some bunny nests on the Meadow!

It has become a tradition for us to head down to the Millennium Meadow to meet with other families on Easter weekend. Katya organizes an Easter Egg hunt which gets more challenging every year!

This year, she built lovely Easter bunny “nests” and put the chocolates in them; the nests were then spread around the meadow, near the stream. More nests were put in trees nearby.

Tristans gets some advice on where to find bunny nests.

Tristans gets some advice on where to find bunny nests.

Then, the kids were let loose to try to find all the nests – and the chocolates in them.

Strategizing on how to collect the most chocolate eggs.

Strategizing on how to collect the most chocolate eggs.

After all the eggs were found, another game was added this year: orientation. All the kids were given a paper with a set of steps; and a compass. Each step sent them off in a particular direction – using their compasses, the kids zigged and zagged their way around the Meadow until arriving at the last step’s destination.

There is always time to be silly!

There is always time to be silly!

But what then?

It was time to dig for burried treasure, of course!

Bella was quite sharp and noticed that a bit of the ground had been disturbed and so started digging there.

Digging up the buried treasure.

Digging up the buried treasure.

Sure enough, her shovel hit something solid! She popped the metal tin up to the surface and took off the lid while all the other kids tried to help her (actually, they were helping themselves to the extra batch of chocolates inside the tin!).

Winners and loosers in the Meadow races.

Winners and loosers in the Meadow races.

By this time, everyone was really wound up with energy – chocolate does do that. So, more running was needed! Races were organized and soon all the kids were darting about the Meadow again. Whew!

Some families said their good-byes and headed for home.

Paula bites off more than she can chew!

Paula bites off more than she can chew!

Tolii and Tosha wanted to swing on the Oak Tree and so we set the seat up for them.

Jump, Rachel, jump!  That cardigan is just too white!

Jump, Rachel, jump! That cardigan is just too white!

Their friends Rachel, Hanna, and Josh hadn’t yet experieced the thrill of oak tree swinging…!

Try as Tosha might, though, he couldn’t convince Josh to have a go. So, Tosha just kept swinging with his sisters instead. That is, until Tolii booted him off and swung with them instead!

Fuzzy grandpa.

Fuzzy grandpa.

While waiting their turn on the swings, the kids dashed off to the pond and pulled out some reeds.  They then had great fun in waving them about until Grandpa was covered in furry seeds!

Tosha and Hanna swing about the old Oak tree.

Tosha and Hanna swing about the old Oak tree.

Alas, it was time to pack up the things and make our way home.  Thankfully, Tosha and Tolii weren’t too tire (or were still wound up enough) to ride their bikes back while we carried all the gear.  Ah, life without a push-chair…

Rachel has a swing with acrobat Tolii

Rachel has a swing with acrobat Tolii

On the way home, we passed by the back garden of a house on The Weir which has been transformed into a set for a movie!

1 comment to Easter on the Meadow

  • John in Indo

    Sounds like great fun. The addition of a little orientation is a great skill for the kids. Looks like you had a fabulous outing. I’m looking forward to next year when our kids will understand how to look for the eggs.

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