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Happy Easter - know your bunnies

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 10:44
Yviestevie wrote (see)

Dove if I had my way you would be head honcho at the League of Nations.  You always seem to find the exact words to say to difuse any situation.... 


LOL Yvie, try telling my family that - if only people would listen - it's so much easier when it's written

Happy Easter - know your bunnies

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 10:42
GemmaJF wrote (see)
Dovefromabove wrote (see)


To move back to the Easter Bunny - he was totally unknown to me as a child.  This is a very interesting article


That seems like a bit of a biased an inaccurate article there Dove. There are literally hundreds of links to the 'Easter Bunny' in Celtic tradition, of course in different guises, the most obvious belonging to the Lutherans who had the 'hare' as a the symbol, he was a bit like Father Christmas, and would judge if the children had been good or bad.

It was the linking of the Easter Bunny with bringing Easter Eggs which I think is valid to say was later and probably derived in the US  in the 18th century from German immigrants. This is the 'Osterhase' but both elements  have much deeper and long traditional roots in Celtic (or pagan if the term must be used) tradition. Clearly though the immigrants were bringing with them long held beliefs and traditions.

Happy 'Eastertide'. 



Which is why I thought it was interesting   I've been talking recently with a German friend on a Food Forum about Easter traditions  

It seems too easy to dismiss the connection - apart from anything else, the visible presence of the hare at this time of year more than at any other time would surely lead to a connection with Eostre - and of course the use of the term 'modern' in the article is disingenuous - there's modern (as opposed to pre, ancient and early history)  and then there's modern

Aubergine seedlings - leggy?

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 09:37

Try a sheet of white card or reflective foil behind them to reflect light - it often helps on windowsills.

Good luck

Easter Cactus

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 09:35

Sounds fine to me   I have some Christmas cacti, but they're all very similar

When all chances of frost are over it can go outside in a relatively sunny spot (they like sunshine but not at midday if it's hot) for the summer, and bring it back indoors before the colder weather arrives.  Keep an eye out for slugs and snails - they love to graze on them - and don't let them get waterlogged.  I repot mine after flowering but as you've done yours already it should be fine until next year.

They can grow into quite substantial plants and are easy to strike from cuttings.

Great fun.


Is my meyer Lemon plant dead?

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 09:26

I've not grown them, but I understand that Meyer lemons are a bit hardier than other types.


Posted: 04/04/2015 at 09:24

Not a plant I know, but having Googled, it might be just the thing for the very dry end of our garden - one for the Possibles list.  Thanks

Happy Easter - know your bunnies

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 09:19

Sadly the formerly quite common and acceptable use of the 'p' word (particularly with reference to magicians' rabbits in hats etc) has been overtaken by its use as a derogatory and insulting term  and many people understandably take exception to it because of that connotation They may not be aware of its other usage, possibly because they're too young 

To move back to the Easter Bunny - he was totally unknown to me as a child.  This is a very interesting article

I've seen several magnificent March (and April) hares in the fields on my travels through Norfolk and Suffolk over the past few days.

My daughter had a fluffy blue rabbit to take to bed with her when she was little - his name was 'Ah-Ber' (short for Ah Bunny!  she was very little).  When she was a bit older she had a pet rabbit called Mouse (another story) - she used to take him to bed with her too!

Welcome to the brand new forum

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 08:52

It's normal to lose the top bar in Basic Editor - don't know about the keyboard issue as I use a laptop.

Hope you can sort it out


Posted: 03/04/2015 at 19:32

Hello folks - back from lovely day with daughter - her garden is so much more forward than mine - but it's near the town centre and gets much more direct sun than here.  She has lots of birds too, including blackcaps


Posted: 03/04/2015 at 09:09

We'd always had a sort of hazy plan that should Ma be left on her own we'd combine properties and buy a country B&B with a granny annexe  and I'd look after her and run a B&B - I was looking forward to it and had done lots of research etc., but both parents  lived so long  and became too frail for me to look after both of them so they sold their house and moved into a care home.

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