After the Arctic start to the season, Easter, by comparison, was positively tropical. The sun shone and there was no rain for days, which meant that our planned outside Easter Egg Hunt could go ahead as well as the back up indoor hunt too. We got through several hundred chocolate eggs and only a couple got eaten by staff at the end of the holidays!
|A young visitor with some excellent examples of Easter Crafts.|
We welcomed lots and lots of families, many of whom were returning for a second, third or fourth visit. Our Easter Crafts were a great success, as illustrated above by the fantastic Easter Bonnet and pom-pom chic proudly on display.
For smaller children our new foam blocks are proving to be very popular; some visitors definitely showed a preference for demolition rather than building though!
|Demolition by head but!|
|Icelandic Horses Blakkur and Gigja outside Wray Castle.|
Inside the castle work has continued on two different artistic projects. In the dressing up space upstairs, two mural scenes are taking shape; complete with a fire breathing dragon, handsome prince, splendid princess and a unicorn!
|One of the murals in the dressing up room.|
|The bookshelves taking shape in the library.|
And finally; after all the hard work over Easter, last night we had a well deserved get together for all South Lakes staff and volunteers. The event was held at Claife Station, an eighteenth century viewing station that sits just above Ferry House on the Western Shore of Windermere. The viewing station, unsurprisingly has amazing views across the lake, which originally would have been viewed through different coloured glass in the tall windows situated on the first floor of the station.
|Staff and volunteers enjoying the view.|
|The view looking south from Claife Station.|