The Weekend Blog | Happy Easter!

16th April 2017

4 day weekends are pretty special, am I right?!

I’ve been in need of a few extra days off for a while now, but I’ve been trying to save my annual leave for later in the year when Tyrone finished university and we can go on a couple of holidays. So yes, this extended weekend could not have come at a better time.

For the first time since I moved here almost 5 years ago, I’m spending Easter on Merseyside. It’s also the first time Tyrone and I have spent Easter together.

Although we don’t really celebrate Easter to the extreme, we have been embracing the food this year. I’ve become obsessed with salted caramel hot cross buns, which are 100% nicer than ordinary ones, and I’m seriously going to miss them when they disappear from the supermarket after Easter.

I also relived my childhood by making Easter Nests (you know the ones when you mix Shredded Wheat and chocolate together) but mind had a “luxury” twist; Galaxy Golden Eggs instead of Cadbury Mini Eggs and a dollop of salted caramel sauce in the middle to hold them all together.

We actually purchased our first chocolate Easter eggs back in March when Tesco were selling their large ones for just £2 each. I, rather optimistically, thought we would save them until Easter, but no. They were gone in a matter of hours!

When we popped into Tesco on Thursday after work, the Easter aisle looked a little worse for wear with everyone just grabbing what ever was left. We picked up some fancy nutty ones which almost look too good to eat. Almost…

So what else have I been up to lately, aside from eating everything Easter related?

Well, I’ve been trying out some new hobbies to get me offline and away from my computer more. I’m teaching myself to knit which makes me feel about 80 years old, but I’m genuinely enjoying it. I actually learned to knit many years ago at a youth club I used to go to, but I completely forgot how to do it so it was like learning from scratch all over again.

If there’s two things I would say to knitting newbies it would be 1) Buy big wooden needles and 2) Buy thick wool. I started off with thin metal needles and super thin wool, but it didn’t end well!

I’ve also started learning calligraphy. I order a workbook called Nib and Ink and picked up some calligraphy pens to get started. I think it’s going to take a lot of practice but I’d love to be at a stage where I have my own writing style so I can create prints and other snazzy bits and pieces.

In terms of work I’ve started a new project which I’m enjoying so far, and I’ve also volunteered to be a first aider in office which means I have to go on a training course for a day. I thought it would help with my anxiety by, you know, stepping out of my comfort zone. I also thought it would be nice to have a day off coding, and I’ll get a lie in because I’ve managed to arranged to have the training at a centre just a 5 minute drive from my house!

If you don’t ask, you don’t get!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  1. Happy Easter! Those nests look so yummy.

    Knitting! I find it so difficult, but I love to crochet! And it doesn’t have to be onoly by an 80 yr old 😀
    Calligraphy! I always wanted to learn that! How are you learning it? Teaching yourself or is there a course?

    • Holly

      Thank you!

      I would love to give crochet a go. I bought a book about knitting and it has some basic crochet tutorials in it.

      I’m teaching myself, mostly using Youtube videos for guidance!

  2. Happy Easter! I know it’s a bit late. 🙂 It must have been exciting to have your first Easter together. x

  3. Ah, I love those long weekends that you basically get for free without sacrificing any annual leave. I still have suuuuch a small amount that I am trying to save up for our honeymoon but it will be just under three weeks and then I have to take some unpaid leave. So I love holidays like Easter where I can still catch a break.

    I saw you tweeting about the salted caramel hot cross buns and myyyy goodness, they sound so good. I love salted caramel anything – and even though I don’t like hot cross buns very much, I should definitely try to find some next time Easter rolls around.

    I like the idea of volunteering to sneakily take a little break off coding! Our company specifically encourages a number of volunteering hours per year so if there is a volunteering event I am interested in, I make an effort to participate.