Feeling creative? JHBookFoldPatterns sells downloadable book craft patterns for Easter as well as other occasions.
I’m going to be at the coast for a number of days and won’t be using the internet (though I do have some scheduled posts).
Enjoy your long weekend!
I know it doesn’t mean much more than time off work for most people in the West these days, but Easter is a big deal in Ukrainian culture.
We will be doing the full celebration tomorrow (but the person responsible for putting church at 8am is not in my good books!).
Happy Easter! This is not “our” Easter; Ukrainian Catholic (and Orthodox) Easter is on the first of May. I will be in my grandmother’s village in Ukraine on the day, so I doubt I’ll be getting a post up then!
We just booked another trip to Europe. It sounds like an insane thing to do when we’re leaving on the other trip in a month, but if we wanted our preferred flights and accommodation, we had to do it now.
We will be in Venice for the duration of Carnival 2017 (in February – winter!), and then spend the better part of a week in London on the way home. I used to know every nook and cranny of central London, having lived there for years, but I haven’t visited for a while and have been desperate to go back (must be all those historical romances I’ve read!).
We went to the Tom Roberts exhibition at the National Gallery yesterday (because it’s always a good idea to wait until the last days of a months-long exhibition to visit!). It was very warm and sunny, despite being almost halfway through autumn. Here was Parliament House on the way home:
Overshadowed as it is for my family and friends by Russia’s increasing invasion and theft of Ukraine (and the world’s pathetic response). Easter is a really huge deal in Ukrainian culture – bigger than Christmas. It’s just very hard to enjoy it this year, with friends stationed here looking at being called back to Ukraine to fight and relatives living day to day not knowing what is going to happen to them.
We went a little crazy with our patriotic Ukrainian decorations this year!
The weather in Canberra has been beautiful. Autumn is a gorgeous season, even with that annoying bald English prince, his wife and baby visiting!
As for my week in reading? I’ve been reading a lot of category romances. Review books. I’ve been trying things that I wouldn’t usually try, and finding some interesting reads.
Today is Ukrainian (and other countries’) Easter. NOT necessarily Orthodox Easter (I’m Ukrainian Catholic) – a common (and very irritating for people like me) misconception!
Ukrainian Easter is a much bigger deal than Australian (American etc.) Easter, with lots and lots of traditions. Pysanky – intricately-decorated Easter eggs – feature in the baskets taken to church.
We moved my brother into an apartment in the city on Friday. I used muscles I didn’t know I owned (and they still hurt!) and have blisters on the bottoms of both my feet. Removalists are now at the top of my list of respected professions!
My review of Cathryn Hein’s Heartland is HERE.
Ukrainian Easter egg from yevshan.com
Well it’s technically Easter here, but as I’m Ukrainian and we follow the Julian calendar, Easter for us this year doesn’t happen until May. Today is not a big deal for us (Ukrainian Easter is a huge deal, however).
Quite a few books came out this week, and I haven’t got around to reviewing them all yet.
My review of Sherryl Woods’ Sand Castle Bay is HERE.
My review of Robyn Carr’s The Wanderer is HERE.
The RITA Award finalists were announced, and I think – overall – I’m happier with this year’s nominees than I have been in as long as I’ve been following the competition.
In particular, I’m thrilled about the Romantic Suspense category, and I covered the finalists in that category HERE.
Some exciting new books coming out in the next week including Julie James’ Love Irresistibly.