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Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring! And Easter Bonnet Love

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This week’s photo challenge included the following note:

For this week’s challenge, share a photo that shows what spring means to you. It can be a flower in bloom (or a field of them!), a May Day celebration, or your dog luxuriating in the grass after a long winter indoors. Maybe it’s a shot you took on a spring break trip, or your family wearing Easter finery.

In Barbados we only have a wet or dry season.  The rain either falls a lot or hardly at all.  So even though I can’t really speak to Spring or any of the other seasons I can speak to Easter, one of the most celebrated times of year here.  There is kite flying, Easter bonnet parades and services in local churches to look forward to, and although I have photos to show you examples of these things which we experienced over the past few weeks, I decided to share instead the most important thing of all about this particular Easter (Spring in a sense) for our family.

One of the best times we enjoyed was with our aunt, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s and resides at a wonderful home (Age Assist Highgate Retreat in Highgate Gardens) with loving nurses.  It all started with the idea for an Easter Bonnet parade by the Administrator.  I wasn’t sure how this was going to work out as all of the sweet ladies in the home were suffering from either Dementia or Alzheimer’s and would not be able to help in any meaningful way.  However, relatives were asked to contribute the raw materials and the nurses got together to begin the production process – shown below.  It was definitely a labour of love and I couldn’t wait to see how the bonnets would look at the end.


Trying to plan how our aunt’s bonnet would look


Think that’s a little too many eggs for one hat though


This hat is almost done already and looking quite nice


A few more finishing touches here and we can tick this hat off as completed


“Look at the confusion on this table,” was my first thought when I entered the “work” area


Birds are much better than chickens for this creation


Working magic by applying lots of tiny flowers one at a time with a glue gun … when will the home administrator finish? We hope in time for the big event.

On Easter Sunday, relatives and friends of the residents came together for an evening of tea, and to witness the parade/modelling of Easter bonnets.  There was lots of food and laughter and of course some exceptional looking hats.

Our aunt’s hat came in second!  Woo hoo!  We were so excited! Her prize was a fruit basket filled with lots of goodies, including her favourite grapes.

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A good time was had by all, but admittedly Alzheimer’s and Dementia are terrible “Winter” diseases.  Yet we are happy to experience little Springtime celebrations as we seek to maximise all and any opportunities to spend time with these beautiful women who are so much a part of us … especially at Easter.

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Happy Easter! He is risen!

approaching the college

 But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”

So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.

Matthew 28:5-8 (NKJV)


What good news!  After 40 days of being in the wilderness, of sacrificing ourselves (from chocolate, alcohol, sex, anger, intolerance – to name a few of the temptations we tried to avoid) here we are.  Finally.  We’ve made it to the top of the mountain and arrived in the promised land!

Jesus conquered death; He lives, and as we are told in Matthew 28:20 “… I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  It’s good to know that our Lord and Saviour will never leave us.  After all, how could He after dying for us on the cross?

I encourage you therefore to have faith and to believe that even though you might be made to walk through another wilderness season (before Lent comes again) you are not alone … and will never be … ever.

Yes, the journey may have been hard, and in some instances it may not even have ended for you as yet, but this note is to give you strength and to declare in a loud voice: “Happy Easter!  He is risen!  Hallelujah!”

Wishing you and your families a blessed Easter, filled with God’s unconditional love and amazing grace.  Amen.