Welcome To Easter
We are ready for the Easter holidays here at ecodek® towers and I’m finally looking forward to having some chocolate as I gave this up for lent which we ran a previous blog post on.
Whatever the weather, it’s best to make the most of the Easter break. There’s so much happening over this bank holiday, why not get the family together and check out some of these events:-
The National Trust team up with Cadbury each year organising Cadbury Egg Hunts. It sounds as if it’s going to be a fun packed day all round. Imagine the excitement solving mysteries, face painting, family games, what more could you ask for! There are over 250 hunts to choose from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Enter your postcode to find out where your local egg hunt is taking place.
The Gruffalo Trail returns for 2017. The new app developed for the Forest Commission England brings to life the Gruffalo characters from the bestselling children’s book written by Julia Donaldson.
The app works across 26 forests in the UK and is free to download from the Apple app store, Google Play and Amazon. Using the app, visitors can engage in a character hunt while on self-led trails. Footprint markers, unique to each character, can be found along the trails. Pointing a mobile device at these markers triggers a short animation of the character within the natural setting. Users can even interact with the characters by taking photographs with them.
Let’s not forget that this week is National Gardening Week. They are encouraging new gardeners to get involved and helping new gardeners to inspire them on how to grow plants.
National Gardeners week was launched six years ago by the RHS. Thousands of people, gardens, charities, retailers and groups get involved and you can too!
There are a series of events taking place this week and we share with you a couple of ideas for this bank holiday:-
Why not visit Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens in Hook, Hampshire and book a guided group garden tour with their Estate Manager, Paul Tattersdill. Enjoy a guided tour of the hotel’s 66 acre, manicured gardens.
The Ness Botanic Gardens in Ness is organizing The Sweet Tooth Trail from 10-16th April which sounds like a great day out. Inspired by the classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel, this egg hunt with a twist is a great one as it encourages children to learn about plants, nature, solving puzzles and enjoying chocolate at the same time!
If you are staying away from the bank holiday traffic and would prefer to stop at home for the Easter Holidays there’s still lots of things you can do activity wise;
Why not get baking with the kids this Easter and make some delicious flower pot chocolate chip muffins which is a recipe from the Good Food magazine:-
- Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Lightly oil the inside of the terracotta pots with a little vegetable oil and place on a baking tray. Place a paper mini muffin case in the bottom of each pot.
- Add 125g of plain flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder and 25g cocoa powder in a bowl and stir in 100g of golden caster sugar
- Crack a large egg into a jug and whisk with 100ml of milk and remaining oil. Pour this over the flour and cocoa mixture, and stir in with 50g of the chocolate chips. Be careful not to over mix – you want a loose but still quite lumpy mixture. Spoon into the pots up to three-quarters full. Place in the middle of the oven and bake for 12-15 mins until risen and firm. Transfer to a wire rack (still in the pots) and leave to cool.
- Place 100g chocolate chips in a small bowl and melt over a small pan of gently simmering water (don’t let the water touch the bowl), or put in a microwave-proof bowl and heat on High for 1 min until melted.
- Spread the tops of the muffins with the melted chocolate. Sprinkle over some chocolate decorations and add 2 rice paper wafer daisies to each pot to serve. Will keep for 2 days in an airtight container.
Easter is such a great time of the year to try and have a go at crafts especially with the kids. There’s some great ideas we share with you from thriftyfun.com website.
Instead of buying craft materials, look at reusing anything that is garbage for crafts and create some fun in the process.
So whether it’s making an Easter bunny from out of a paint roller or an Easter bonnet cap from a bottle cap – this is the site for you!
If you are still stuck for ideas, check out some more of these on Pinterest.
This week’s feature image is by Vmiramontes Easter Egg 041109 via Flickr.
We would like to wish all our customers and partners a Happy Easter.
Digressing a little, we thought we’d share with you the bird watch results from The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. It’s great news that there has been an increase in the numbers of birds visiting gardens.
Next week we are celebrating Earth Day at ecodek towers – It doesn’t seem that long since we wrote about that last – Where has that year gone!
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