Today is quite the wettest, coldest Easter Saturday I can ever remember. Here in the Yorkshire Dales it has not stopped raining all day.
I went into town briefly this morning to speak to the television engineer about my new television (he is coming to install a pre amp (whatever that is) at the end of the week = and that should cure my problems he hopes (not as much as I hope.)
The town was absolutely jam-packed with holiday makers. Most of them had dogs. This is a popular holiday area for walkers with dogs and most holiday cottages round here take dogs. On pouring wet days these holiday makers tend to come into our little town to have a wander round rather than walk on the hills (many of which have a fine covering of snow). I love dogs and there is always a fine variety from the very small to the very large and almost all of them are in such good condition and so well looked-after.
Then I had been invited out to a delicious lunch with friends and I stayed (and actually fell asleep after lunch - a glass of sherry and a glass of wine may have contributed to this) until four o'clock, receiving a rapturous welcome from Tess on my return. In spite of the rain we did a turn round the block before I took my coat off and now the bungalow is warm and cosy and as there is nothing I wish to see on television I intend to take all the books off my bookshelf and sort it out. It has got into a bad state and I shall try and make some sort of order out of chaos.
Thinking of my title to today's post it did strike me how different Easter is now to when I was a child. Then the religious aspect was foremost in everyday life - nothing was open on Good Friday, Easter Saturday was a fairy normal day but then Easter Sunday was a day of religious festivals or of having a quiet day - no jollifications whatsoever. My parents used to tell of when they were young and only the Bible could be read on that day and no games could be played and absolutely no work done. It was church three times for the whole family. I suspect that in some European countries Easter is still a really important religious festival and hasn't changed for many years.