Happy Easter or Eostre or Smyngus-Dyngus or whatever you celebrate (if you celebrate) this weekend. As a good-for-nothing heathen, I basically celebrate having a few days off work, seeing my family and bemoaning the fact I can’t eat chocolate. My brother and sister-in-law, however, are making up for my lack of respectful worship and/or church-going abilities by taking their four children to church this morning so that they could learn a bit about one of the real reasons we even have Easter in the first place. They themselves are not religious in any way, but they felt it was important the children understood that the holiday is not all about chocolate and bunnies and going on egg hunts. I myself lean towards the older, pagan traditions and meanings behind Easter but that is just a personal preference and belief – I don’t judge anyone else for what they believe in.
Anyway, moving away from the heavy and slightly inflammatory subject of religion… This weekend I spent a lovely couple of days at my Dad and Step-Mum’s farm in Boyanup with my Mum. I have spoken before of how well my parents get along and how my Mum really enjoys going down to see my Dad and Step Mum. It’s such a relief. It wasn’t always this easy and pleasant, believe me, but they have built bridges and gotten over them and now it is just NICE to spend time in their company. My Mum and Step Mum get along well and have a laugh (I mean, nobody knows my Dad as well as they both do) and my Dad is just so happy that he can have us all there with him and it’s not weird or uncomfortable.
Dad had quite a bit of work around the farm to do so us gals went sight-seeing and shopping. Lots of little vintage shops and antique stores were open, as well as cafes and other places of interest. I haven’t gone antiquing for ages so this was a fun afternoon for me and the prices in many of the shops were unbelievably cheap. At a shop called “The Quirky Den“, I got this adorable little W H Goss vase for just $4. It’s so cute.
At first I was put off but the bear baiting / dancing bear image but then I couldn’t “bear” to leave him behind. He can be safe with me and never have to perform again (except to just look cute on my display cabinet). He can sit with my miniature bears. My Mum bought a nice blue and white plate and my Step-Mum picked up several nice pieces of china to decorate her walls, including a little miniature house which she collects. The Quirky Den was indeed quirky, but well worth a visit 🙂
Their prices are very reasonable and they have lots of great stuff.
We also visited a GORGEOUS little shop called “Rustic French Living“. Ooh la la! So pretty and chic and gorgeous. I will let the pictures speak for themselves – I wish I had bought something in there…I was eye-ing off the lovely little rabbit/Easter tags but then didn’t get them. Regret! Will definitely have to go back another time and spend a longer period there. It was getting late and so we only looked around for a little while. But beautiful stuff 🙂 They also have cakes and tea/coffee if you’re partial to a bit of refined refreshment. If you’re in Western Australia and travelling through the South-West, do stop in and have a look. I wanted to buy everything…the lovely ladies in the shop were very welcoming and did not mind me taking photos (sometimes shop people get a bit huffy when you do it, so I always ask first and tell them what it is for). You can also visit their awesome Facebook page here
That evening we were treated to the most gorgeous sunset – the colours were amazing and I am so glad the photo does it justice. Just beautiful – isn’t nature amazing?
Hope your weekend was as relaxing and happy as mine. If you can eat chocolate, I hope the Easter/Eostre Bunny was generous. Have a great week everybody 🙂