A quiet, relaxing Easter this year

Easter 2011 was celebrated in Varenna on Lake Como with a large bag of chocolates purchased in Lucerne, Switzerland, the weather was perfect and we spent our time in this beautiful little village cruising the lake and wandering through narrow streets and well tended gardens.


In 2012 my husband’s little sister and boyfriend came to visit and we drove inland to participate in an early morning Easter egg hunt at the family home of my other sister-in-law. With three little boys and three slightly larger ones there was plenty of action in the form of backyard soccer, water fights using Nerf guns and wrestling. Later in the afternoon we played poker under the shade of a huge tree and enjoyed a glass or two of bubbles, a fire was lit as the sun set and the little boys were hypnotised by the flames. It was a beautiful time spent with our family, lots of laughter, good conversation and tasty home cooked food.


This year we’re staying home, hanging out with the dogs, doing a bit of gardening, some cooking, hopefully take a few photos and there is a huge list of chores to complete, but I’m not complaining. Since November last year I have been acting Director for our unit during a period of uncertainty and change, although the experience has been mainly positive and relatively problem free, my head was starting to hurt and I was desperately in need of a good chunk of downtime. My acting role ended yesterday, next week I start a slightly different job and I’m looking forward to the challenge but most of all, I’m ecstatic to have a few days off to do the things I love and to have the time and energy to get my hands dirty.

What are you doing to celebrate Easter this year?


14 thoughts on “A quiet, relaxing Easter this year

  1. Ogee March 29, 2013 / 2:49 pm

    Nice to get your life back. Beautiful photos and sugar faces. 🙂

    • twoblackdoggies March 29, 2013 / 2:54 pm

      Thank you. So very nice, can’t believe how relieved I feel. Happy Easter!

  2. Languedoc Lady March 29, 2013 / 2:57 pm

    We’re doing the one thing we couldn’t do during our time in France…..visiting, playing with and loving our adorable little grandson 🙂

    Happy Easter to you and the boys!

    • twoblackdoggies March 29, 2013 / 3:06 pm

      Sounds delightful, Happy Easter to you and your family 🙂

  3. Long Life Cats and Dogs March 29, 2013 / 3:34 pm

    Sounds like it’s going to be a well deserved quiet Easter. I hope you have a safe and happy one and get in some good recovery time from your last job stint, before beginning the new. Wishing you all the best

    • twoblackdoggies March 29, 2013 / 3:37 pm

      Thank you and all the best to you and yours for a happy, safe Easter.

  4. restlessjo March 29, 2013 / 5:52 pm

    The Varenna shots and that Bellagio tulip are fabulous, Sam. I can feel myself unwinding with you. Have a wonderful Easter.

    • twoblackdoggies March 29, 2013 / 8:02 pm

      Thank you Jo, definitely unwinding now and glad you are too. Happy Easter!

  5. Sheila March 30, 2013 / 3:53 am

    Those all sound like perfect Easters. That downtime is definitely needed. I’ll also be spending time with the dog and will be doing some kind of a celebration meal topped off with chocolate bunnies. 🙂

    • twoblackdoggies March 30, 2013 / 8:52 pm

      Sounds like you’ll be having a perfect Easter too! Enjoy your time with the dog and the chocolate bunnies 🙂

  6. Debra Kolkka March 30, 2013 / 3:58 am

    We loved Varenna, it was our favourite Lake Como town. It is bucketing down here in Bagni di Lucca, so we will be doing very little this Easter.

    • twoblackdoggies March 30, 2013 / 8:55 pm

      Varenna is a magical place, we only saw a few of the towns on Lake Como and were glad we had chosen to stay in Varenna. It usually buckets down here at Easter but they’re only forecasting storms for Easter Sunday and not so much rain, still I’ll be sticking close to home for the most part.

  7. megtraveling March 30, 2013 / 4:53 am

    Your Easter in Italy looked enchanting, and the family gathering must have been great! I hope you have a relaxing Easter this year 🙂

    • twoblackdoggies March 30, 2013 / 8:58 pm

      Yes, all wonderful Easters although spending the holiday in Italy was probably the most memorable 🙂 Happy Easter!

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