Easter Egg Hunting with Eliza

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Easter Egg hunting at Buckland. Images by Alan & Carole Langman

When was the last time you went Easter Egg Hunting? Most years at Bowerland, we tend to do our own small egg hunt. At a quiet moment in between the rain showers, an adult sneaks out to the farmhouse garden to deposit a large number of eggs. These eggs need to be scattered around, and most of them in easy to find places for little people.

Of course, as the children, (or grandchildren) get older and bigger, you can make the hiding places more exciting. They do love a challenge, but a good tip is to make sure you count them first, as sometimes one or two get overlooked.

And what about the experience of going on an organised Easter Egg hunt?  There are a few around, if you search hard enough.  Last weekend, by chance we came across rather a lovely one whilst on a visit to one of the National Trust’s local gems. Buckland Abbey is a 700-year-old house in Buckland Monachorum, near Yelverton, Devon, England. It is fondly known for its connection with the famous and well known Sir Francis Drake, as well as Sir Richard Grenville the Younger.

As we entered into the reception area, and passed over our membership cards, we were asked if we wanted to go on the Easter Egg hunt. Of course the answer was yes. We were given a map showing the route to walk, with numbered eggs to discover along the way. All we had to do was to tick the box next to the numbered eggs that we came across. And at the end, when we had finished, we would be welcomed back into the reception area, to pick up our reward. A Cadburys Chocolate Egg for real.

What was so lovely about the walk, was that each of the eggs to be discovered belonged to birds local to the area.  Although there were some fictional ones as well on display!  The eggs were large and shiny, and quite easy to spot for a 6 year old. And it was an exciting time, even for us oldies.  Luckily the sun shone down on us all afternoon and we even managed to fit in a spot of lunch.  Perfect!  To top it all, we bumped into some old friends from Plymouth and ended up all sitting together, trying to catch up on the last 30 odd years.

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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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