First Easter egg hunt

Trip Start Jun 04, 2005
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Trip End Apr 05, 2006


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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

We'd hardly found our feet back home in Edinburgh when it was down again to London for the Easter weekend. Mum-Jen and Dad-Pete were over from South Africa, so this would be a true family-oriented long weekend.

Easter, just like Christmas, is all about the kids, in this case little Jake, 16 months, who is obsessed with being out in the garden and kicking balls. For much of Good Friday he was 'in training' for his first egg hunt - Jen and I hid little play balls under plant pots and encouraged him to find them, a game he cottoned onto really quickly!

On Saturday, cousin Julia, Gary and kids Callum, Dylan and Caitlyn joined us at Sue and Pete's for a barbeque. We were amazed at how the children had grown, especially Callum, who was now a lanky pre-teen, but ever so helpful and polite. Caitlyn had become a cute, precocious little miss.

Needless to say, the house and garden were transformed to one giant playground as all four kids raced around noisily... phew, what a laugh but just too much for folk like us without their own little people! In the evening we escaped to Louise and Sean's for dinner - a welcome catch-up with good friends who are due to move back to South Africa shortly.

Easter Sunday saw Jakey undertake his first-ever egg hunt... and what a good job he did! The little squeal of delight he let out every time he found one had us all in stitches. A tasty roast lunch with Pete's parents Doreen and Bill followed. Well, by now our nephew had certainly crept into our hearts with his cheeky little face and lively personality.

On Monday morning, the boys played golf; and Sheila and David came over to Sue and Pete's place in the afternoon for one last family barbeque together (yes, it's true, South Africans spend just about all their leisure time cooking over open fires!). In the early evening we wished everyone goodbye and Pete raced us to Gatwick to catch our flight to Edinburgh... arrived home absolutely exhausted after so much over-indulgence!
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