Today is Ash Wednesday
The start of Lent
The day we get a cross of ashes on our forehead during our church services
Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dust
It's also the day
That we get out the dozen handprinted real hens eggs that we bought over 25 years ago on a
Lenten trip to Germany
We've always put them in the dining room
For that's where the Easter egg tree always was in Germany
We inquired about them from our bed and breakfast hosts
Bought them at Woolworth's for around 1M each
A nice remembrance of a wonderful trip
And we're purists . . . no other eggs on our tree
Whenever I think I should add another egg, I think how special these 12 are
And I don't want to spoil that specialness with any new addition!
This year we decided to add some rabbits
On the buffet in the dining room
In Germany, it would have been an Easter cactus
Every bed and breakfast had an Easter egg tree and an Easter cactus in their dining room!
Besides being the Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent,
it's also St. David's Day
(The Patron Saint of Wales)
My brother is a David
And now that I've found out how much British I am, it's only right that we celebrate
this Welsh holiday
Daffodils on the tea table this afternoon
A cock-a-leekie pie for dinner
The Brits are so into savory pies for dinner and this pie full of chicken and leeks
is yummy and cock-a-leekie soup is almost a British National Dish!
Of course, based on our experience in Wales, it should be something
with lamb . . . there are, after all more sheep than there are Welch in Wales!