Easter Saturday with all its uncertainties, sense of feeling shaken by events, waiting and grieving, seems to be the place we are living at the moment. This year it feels more real to me than it has in previous years. While we know in the Easter story that Sunday’s coming and there is hope we seem to remain in the limbo of Holy Saturday just now.
However in a bid to be more cheery and to add variation to our days we declared Easter Saturday to be Dutch day. We are missing being able to go to The Netherlands and looking through old photo albums it seems we often go to either the Netherlands or the Norfolk Broads at Easter time, so we decided to cycle, eat pancakes and poffertjes, and attempt to make stroopwafels. Disappointingly there is no Hertog Jan in the house. We wanted to cycle down the cycle path but were aware that it might get really busy so opted for a 7.15 am cycle and saw no one on our route into Newport. We delivered a few things to some doorsteps and headed back – at 8.30 it was much busier and certainly I am glad that I wasn’t cycling later in the day and trying to social distance – it was hard anyway.
Home and a cooked brunch in the garden under the sunshade as it’s already getting too hot for me.
No photos of the pancakes, that came with an amazing salad, curtesy of the Farmhouse fayre delivery I recived earlier in the week – I am loving the local deliveries which have become available.
I spent the rest of the day listening to feminist dramas while doing housework and re-hemming curtains, while Martin spent hours and hours working on the virtual Sunday service. Jonathan, in a allergic rhinitis inducing cloud of dust, spent hours tidying his room – it was so bad that I cracked open my one remaining packet of loratadine.
We usually buy a bulk supply of cetirizine hydrochloride and loratadine at the start of the hayfever season but this year we couldn’t get any loratadine, it seems to be a hording item, So when I went to boots to pick up prescriptions I found one packet and hid it at home. We all get really bad hayfever so one of the one-a-day tablets is sometimes not enough so we like to have both types so we can take a second different one later in the day if it gets too bad. I also try to buy chlorphenamine 3-a-day ones too but they are always difficult to get hold of so we were unsurpised that we couldn’t get these.
We finished off the day with poffertjes topped with chocolate sauce, icing sugar and butter while watching Have I Got News For You – it was strange but not as strange as listening to The Now Show with no audience.