Easter Sunday in Republic of Ireland

Easter Sunday in Republic of Ireland

We have been house-sitting on a small country property just our of an even smaller country village, in a small country called – Ireland (Republic of Ireland)  for 4 weeks now.

Last Easter we were in South America.  Wow we have come a long way on this world journey.

But no matter which country we are in, and what the celebration, a child needs to feel special and delighted.

So it was a bit of a challenge for this single Mum to make sure “Easter Bunny” turned up.

There were farm animals like the cat, dog, hens, rooster and ducks to all factor in.

So this meant a 6:00 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt.

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Collecting Easter Eggs

Being a large yard, it seemed best they were on dry ground.
Where possible up high and away from where animals might devour them.

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Looking for Easter Eggs high and low
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Looking for East Eggs all around the outside of the house

And near the house.

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Look how many Easter Eggs I have so far!

So the egg basket came in handy for collecting them.

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Ohhhh – they are even hiding in the egg carton!

And smaller unwrapped eggs were housed in an egg carton.

The hunt then continued in the yard.  A few eggs were in trees.

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Easter Eggs are safely hid up the tree

Today was a load of fun watching him race around.  It didn’t matter which country we were in. Easter sunday morning was always going to start for this boy with an Easter Egg Hunt.

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Wow, this hunt is going well
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Back safely inside away from the farm animals, he shows off his egg collection.

He was pretty pleased with his collection.  Some local new friends here had also delivered him some nice treats, and of course there was a nice package from me.  And they were all in before they were devoured by the ducks or chickens.

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Walking down the lane Sunday morning

It surprised me then, that after breakfast Explorason decided we should go to the local church.

So we quickly dressed, and headed down the lane past the cows.

You can just make the 2 village churches out in the background.

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Church of Ireland

We arrived and the service had already started, but we were pleased there was one person walking up behind us. There were not many there.  An old couple on front, 2 families, and the American cycling tourist that had wandered in behind us. Oh and a man who turned on the stereo when it was time to sing hymns as they had no organist.  This did make the church sound like it had a lot more people in it than there were, and I also notice that only myself and a couple of others were attempting to belt out the hymns in somewhat of a melody.  In under an hour it was all over.

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A little run down the empty main street

We had shared communion on this resurrection remembrance day.  The minister was off to two more parishes, and we were off down the deserted main street once more.

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The tulips are blooming

I then noticed the spring flowers were starting to appear.  Pretty pots were just beginning to bloom.

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Exploring the ruins

We then decided to explore a couple of the historical remains of some buildings.

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Happy times in Ireland

It was only 10:00 a.m. and a beautiful day.  One drawback we didn’t realise when we took on this house-sit was that there was no Sunday public transport, so we were stuck with walking where we wanted to go for the day.  But we were determined to go out and make a day of this Easter Sunday.

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Easter display in the butcher’s window

So down the main street we continued.  The little butcher had made a great job of decorating his window.

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The little boat is blooming with tulips

Some-one had planted tulip bulbs in the boat near the old millstone.  It felt like the spring was here.

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Double bloom daffodils

We continued down the village main street and past the old stone wall. Here double bloom daffodils were being munched on by insects enjoying this sunny day.

It was as though life continued in the stillness of this morning.

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old wall with daffodils
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Queen Anne’s lace

As we meandered back down our lane I noticed the Queen Anne’s lace was just blooming.  It reminded me of my childhood.  My Mum used to grow it in my childhood home.  I can picture the spot in my mind so vividly.

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Talking to the ‘ladies’ down the lane

We stopped and had a conversation with the cows.  We invented a great story and the more we talked to them, the closer they came.  It was quite funny.

Back at the house, we collected the eggs and made French Toast for lunch.  Then we decided we should take the dog for a walk down the beach.  I sat on the rocks and watched Explorason play with James. Next thing I knew, they had completely crossed the river.  The nearby field had several caravans that had moved in, and a group were cleaning up after the storm damage.  They had fixed the fence, which meant Explorason could no longer shortcut at the hilltop, much to his disappointment.

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Rocks at the beach

So he then decided he would start to collect some more rocks for his collection.  We often spend a good hour in the rocks, looking at fossils, rock colours, formations, and climbing.

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Bits of buoy washed up from the Atlantic Ocean

We have also collected some small smooth pieces of buoys that he wants to make something with this week.  It will be interesting to see what is made.  I’ll let you know on that one.

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Our driftwood collection for our creating time

Along with the other collecting, my bags were soon full with driftwood pieces.  Sometimes we use these to start the fire, but this week we are also going to make some things with them too.  What?  No idea!  Wait and see.  Right now we also have a huge collection of cartons from all the food, and he has been busy making robot parts. All part of embracing his creativity.  And to be honest, I really enjoy it too!

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A tired Explorason

By the time we had walked home it was 5:00pm, and he was hot. He stripped off and next thing I knew the house was silent. Both boy and dog were asleep – and I it was the first time I had enjoyed peace and quiet in the day.  He slept for a good 2 hours, and in fact, had we not agreed to meet some locals for a charity event in the village, I am sure he would have slept through.  So I think it was abut 7:45 p.m. when I quickly woke and dressed him to walk back down to the village. Gee, we were getting fit today!  Just as we arrived at the corner, along came one of our friends, so we completed the journey together.

When we arrived at the Irish Pub, I was shocked at the people there, but we managed to get a seat.  In no time the charity event for Leukemia began.  The place was packed.  In fact had we not bought tickets to try to win some prizes, we would probably have left. It was too busy!

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Easter Sunday night at an Irish Pub

By 11:30 p.m. we decided to call it a night.  Home to our housesit just before mid-night we really had made the most of every waking hour we had on this Easter Sunday in Ireland.  How did you spend your Easter Sunday?  I’d love to know!

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11 comments

  1. I enjoyed reading about your Easter Sunday. I spent mine visiting family in another province and it was very nice. I remember the Easter egg hunts when my daughter and step-daughters were little. They were such fun!

  2. There’s nothing like experiencing a holiday through the joy of a child. It reminded me of egg hunts when our son was a little boy, such precious memories. That was quite the Easter!

  3. Our kids are 18 and 22 and they still were hoping for an Easter basket. Good thing the Easter Bunny made an appearance the night prior to deliver their baskets. Next year we will be empty nesters…who knows where we will be for Easter?

  4. What a great day, and such lovely photos. My almost-12 year old daughter Miss G complained that Easter Bunny didn’t have good hiding places this year – with house sitting I would assume that’s not such an issue!

  5. Easter morning wouldn’t be Easter morning without an Easter Egg Hunt! The Easter Bunny did a brilliant job of hiding so many safely and securely!!
    I often think its great being restricted by no transport – Exploring your home turf can be such fun – and often more rewarding 🙂

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