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Easter in Rushworth

Easter would have to be one of the most photographable holidays on offer. So much colour and shiny metal. But I left my camera in Melbourne so I’ll just have to be reaaaallly descriptive when I tell you about it.

Hot cross buns. Pasta. Chocolate eggs. Coffee. Seven types of breakfast food. Wine. Cupcakes. Cookies. Pub meals. Colomba. Chocolate eggs.

Do you get the idea? It’s Easter Monday today and of all the people who stayed in Rushworth over the weekend, I’m the last visitor standing. I’m making the most of the opportunity to do that Rushworth-specific activity of moving from one table to the next, taking a different cup of tea or coffee to another pile of reading material. I always think about what book I’m going to read while I’m here, but I don’t know why I bother because I never read more than one or two pages of a book – I’m usually occupied by the past months’ newspapers and magazines.

On Saturday morning we all went down the street for the Rushworth Easter Fair. I had the intention of winning all the raffles, but this year’s offering of crocheted rugs and toiletries didn’t excite me enough. A few years ago I won the Ladies Auxiliary raffle – a laundry basket full of groceries! It was my 24th birthday and, spookily, sitting on top of the groceries was a packet of 24 birthday candles. I guess I didn’t want to replace that memory with “remember the time I won some soap?”

The highlight of the Easter Fair was the parade. Horses! Cars! Fire engines spraying water on everyone! Emily, Abby and Chloe confirmed what we all suspect: you can put on the fanciest entertainment possible, but spraying water will always win the hearts of kids.

image of eggs stolen from http://www.cccambridge.org/news_article.php?news_id=67

Easter Songkran

I tried to come up with a clever contraction for Easter and Songkran but the best I could do was Songkreaster, which was can all admit is the worst name for a holiday ever.

Technically Easter Sunday was the day before the beginning of Songkran (Thai New Year) but the Songkran holiday had well and truly started (as evidenced by the empty streets in Bangkok – many people went back to their home towns).

Lara and I were not sure how to mark Easter Sunday. A couple of hotels were putting on Easter dinner, but we’d already spent the day before at the Oriental.

We talked about how great it would be to eat the food our families were probably eating, so I called home to get more specific details. This year’s Easter Lunch at Fortuna HQ was inspired by traditional Greek Easter: lamb, 15 kinds of vegetable etc. I’m quite sure it was spite that drove my family to eat my favourite food while I was away (and brag about it on the phone). We did some research into Greek restaurants, but there was little to inspire us. So we decided to eat the next best thing – Japanese. Sushi at Easter. Hellooooo. Obvs.

After celebrating the resurrection of Christ with a bento box we headed off to Lumpini Park.

Lumpini Park

Lumpini Park

Keeping in mind that it was the middle of the day during the hottest days of the year, the park might not have been the most sensible choice. But we’re hardcore, so we toughed it out…

…As did Buddha

Buddha on a Bench

Buddha on a Bench

While Jesus gets so much attention on Easter Sunday it makes sense that Buddha took the day off.

What we saw next can only be described with photos.

What's in the water?

What's in the water?

Can see the head

Can see the head

And an arm

And an arm

coming-out-of-the-water-meeting-a-friend

Hello friend, get out of my pipe

Hello I'm huge

Hello I'm huge

This is a monitor lizard, which we discovered, after this one creepily revealed itself to us, are plentiful all over Lumpini park. By the time we left we’d have easily seen ten.

Taking a leaf out of the lizard’s book, we decided to get into the water….

Duckies!

Duckies!

By taking a paddle boat ride! Wow, best idea ever! The most fun you can have in Bangkok for $1.20.

While communing with the creatures of the lake the intrepid adventurers discovered new lands…

Turtle island

Turtle island

When our a voyage of discovery ended we took a rest under a shady tree and cooled off.

The End.