Easter trail

This long Easter weekend consisted of chocolate eggs and epic walks in the countryside on repeat for the whole 3 days.

Bliss.

chocolate bunny

We literally scoffed choc to our hearts’ content and burned off the zillions of calories (we hope) trudging through various (staggeringly beautiful) parks close to where we live in gorgeous Yorkshire.

brothers

It was the perfect long Easter weekend- and on May the 1st we get to do it all again for Greek Easter! Yay!

Here’s what we got up to…

Friday saw us roam around one of this family’s happy places: The Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the glorious sunshine.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

With a spring in our step (get it? soz) we soaked up the vitamin D we’d been desperate for all winter and worked out by the end of the day, we’d clocked up an impressive 8000 steps. That’s at least the equivalent of 3 large Easter eggs right?!

…Fresh air, rolling hills, hot chocolate and breathtaking sculptures to feed the soul made for the perfect day.

So content we were, we forgot to take pictures. OK we took 4. I was a bad blogger that day!

Love these mama/son shots!

mother/son cute

Saturday was pure perfection as I enjoyed baby cuddles my gorgeous 5 month nephew Zachary- and a whole lot of Nandos (me, not him, that would just be weird)!

nephew

Again a lack of pics on Saturday too-see what happens when you wiiiind down over a long weekend?!

Luckily Peter was in full force with his Canon on Sunday, getting snap-happy as we took part in a chocolatey Easter Egg hunt at the palatial Beningbrough Hall.

Mansion goals right there.

Beningbrough Hall

pretty teapot outside

chocolate Easter trail

I did admittedly polish off the Cadbury’s bunnies the boys struggled to finish and let me tell you they were divine. There’s something so distinctly creamy and moorish about Easter eggs I just don’t experience in standard chocolate bars?! A magic ingredient just for Easter I reckon!

Cadbury's chocolate bunny

The boys loved playing games on the trail and problem solving their way round winding paths. Their/ my reward was a chocolate bunny at the end-yum!

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…The playground at Beningbrough Hall is nothing short of magical-almost hidden beneath the trees, a sheltered haven for kids, the boys galloped over after the trail and spent more than an hour veering between gliding down shiny slides and riding wooden horses before building a den with branches gathered especially for the children by the staff there.

Glorious fun!

running in the grounds

Beningbrough Hall child

wooden horses in the playground wooden horse with tail slide park playing kids' playground climbing ship in the playgroundOn our way back to the car, we stopped to marvel at pretty pond fish, their bodies shimmering in the afternoon light.

It’s rather like being in a Disney movie when you visit Beningbrough and this family couldn’t love it more.

pond fish fish

The boys even got to meet the Easter Bunny himself at the end of the day!

Easter Bunny

And just when you thought we couldn’t eat any more, we met up with my folks for Easter dinner at the Olive Tree Headingley, one of their restaurants- diving into bowls of creamy mushroom soup followed by spicy lamb kofte and prawns with melted feta cheese!

mushroom soup prawns with feta cheese kofte

Xander, not quite full of chocolate already, opted for dark chocolate ice cream for dessert!

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Do you think he enjoyed it?

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What a feast!

…Monday was dedicated to the RHS gardens Harlow Carr in Harrogate where an Easter trail with Lindt was on and we had to find the gold bunnies.

Drizzle eventually got the better of us but not before a muddy trundle in the forest and stroll among the blooms.

Aren’t the gold bunnies beautiful?!

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So there you have it, a ‘sweet’ and restful Easter break.

We switched off, relaxed, ate far too much chocolate (eek)- and are now (kind of) ready for the rest of the week.

Happy Easter everyone and here’s to Greek Easter in a few months to come.

What did you get up to over the long weekend, I’d love to read about your Easter break in the comments?

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34 Responses

  1. Katie

    That looked like an awesome way to spend Easter. That tea pot was bloody amazing too!
    #brilliantblogpost
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  2. Morgan Prince

    It sounds like you had a really lovely break! I was taking care of my youngest over the Easter weekend, he had chicken pox and I spent the whole time cooped up in the house coating my boy in calamine lotion. No fun for him, which was a shame. Luckily he’s all better now and he gets to enjoy his birthday (yesterday) and the school holidays chicken pox free. ?

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  3. Mary Louise

    Looks like you got some really good family time in over Easter and loads of fresh air! We pretty much did the same, walks, good food and cooked for the relatives. Oh and Easter egg hunts! Xx

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  4. Debs

    Gorgeous pictures! Beautiful long family weekend was had by all by the looks of things! Is there a giant inflatable Lindt bunny in the pics too?!

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  5. One Messy Mama

    There is nothing better than spending time with your family! New traditions and adventures is what it is all about.. Those are the things our kids will remember! P.S. LOVE that gorgeous crafted Tea Pot! #brillblogposts
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  6. White Camellias

    Sounds like the perfect Easter! The weather seemed great for enjoying the outdoors. Love your photos. We got lots of rain over Easter!
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  7. Ojo Henley

    It looks like your children had a lot of time just being children! Personally, I think that’s what school breaks are for. Hope you don’t feel as sick as me, after all the chocolate! xx

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  8. Mess and Merlot

    BEAUTIFUL SHOTS, LOOKS LIKE YOU’VE HAD A LOVELY EASTER! I THINK WE NEED TO MAKE GREEK EASTER A THING HERE RIGHT?? #BRILLIANTBLOGPOSTS
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  9. Ky

    Oh wow what a great Easter weekend you had. Lots of fun and your easter feast looks so good! #brillblogposts
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  10. Michelle Reeves (The Joy Chaser)

    Yum yum what a fabulous Easter break! Gorgeous photos as always and great to see that you had some good weather to enjoy these stunning locations. And that teapot!! Thanks for linking up this choco dream of a post at #sharethejoy darling xx

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  11. Right Royal Mother

    Did you take all these? Beautiful. We did something similar down south. Brings it all back today! #brillblogposts
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  12. Ebabee

    Stunning pics and love the pic of the boys holding hands – too, too adorable for words. BTW, you even ate all their chocolate, didn’t you? ?
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  13. jeremy@thirstydaddy

    so nice to be able to get outside and enjoy some fresh air. We took a nice long Easter walk to try and burn off our brunch and candy also. looks like a great weekend
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    • Honest Mum

      Thanks Jeremy that’s very kind, I hope that’s the case too although I do sometimes think I veer into the ‘too nice’ category. Definitely time to be a bit stricter on boundaries on that front!

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  14. Mary Smith

    I was at Harlow carr just today and we did the lindt bunny trail haha I love their play area and lovely scenery. We did the cadbury one on friday at Nostell, but I love Benningbrough Hall..its so lovely up there. Sounds like a fab weekend and lovely pics x

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  15. Regina L. L. Wells

    The mark of a great post and photos…when I feel like I was there with you despite being thousands of miles away. Gorgeous! What a memorable and magical weekend. I love the photo of the boys with the Easter bunny…too cute and funny. Oh my gosh, and your Easter feast! I’m jealous. LOL! I was hesitant to wish you Happy Easter because I wasn’t certain if you observed Roman Catholic or Greek Orthodox and didn’t want to offend. Now, I can wish you Happy Easter for both. šŸ˜‰ Thank you so much for sharing with #sharethejoylinky, Vicki!
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    • Honest Mum

      How thoughtful and what a kind, wonderful comment, we are celebrating both and it really was a magical weekend. I can’t wait to share Greek Easter with you guys soon xx

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  16. Mirka Moore

    What a great Easter weekend for you all. I am just having my short black with some dark Lindt chocolate after my lunch, the best chocolate ever! Hope you take us there the next time we come for a visit xxxx
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