Thursday, March 10, 2011

Anticipating Easter....our new window

The time leading up to Easter is one of my favourites of the whole year - the mornings are more often than not crisp and bright, the afternoon shadows are long and peaceful.  It's a beautiful time of the year to be outside with the family walking or bike riding - enjoying watching the trees slowly start to turn colour.  While in the Northern Hemisphere they see in Easter with traditional images of budding flowers, spring lambs and blossoms; in the Southern Hemisphere our images are of Autumnal tones:  oranges, yellows and reds mixed with the renewed sense of green after the long summer. 

Last week while walking through Westerfolds Park we saw several bunnies, white-tailing their way through the bush...perhaps that's not the best sight to see in the Australian bush, but still for me they always manage to conjure up the childhood magic of the Easter Bunny!  I spent the first 10 years of childhood in Venus Bay every Easter, and bunnies running through the seaside bracken were a regular and delightful sight!

Autumn tones and bunnies are therefore the inspiration this year for our Easter window.  The beautiful bunnies, hare and mother hen and her chicks, are all part of the lovely Folkmanis range of puppets.  I do love puppets for their ability to allow children to create a world and character out of themselves - every puppet always takes on a life of it's own.  Remember the beautiful story of the Velveteen Rabbit that came alive through the imagination and love of the child?

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