Happy Easter and Joyous Passover to one and all

April 12, 2020 — 61 Comments

Happy Easter and Joyous Passover one and all. I hope that in spite of the quarantine situation you all managed to find creative ways to enjoy this long weekend and the beautiful weather that came with it.

At the moment, I am so thankful for technology and for being able to video call my loved ones. On Good Friday, George and I performed another Balcony Concert, which now is slowly turning into a series! It is nice to experiment with live streaming as it means my friends from all over the world can become part of our small community whilst we perform, and our neighbours in our block who don’t face into the same courtyard can still enjoy the show safely. Thank you for supporting us and we hope you enjoy watching our next performance on Friday 17th April which will be Balcony Concert #4

After the performance, I was able to FaceTime with my close family despite the huge distances between us and a enjoy a Disney themed karaoke and compete against each other in a friendly pub style quiz.

On Saturday I dedicated the day to arts and crafts. I spent time calling my good friend Emily, and whilst we spoke we enjoyed drawing exotic animals such as frogs and geckos, (who doesn’t love a challenge).

Then after lunch, I painted empty eggshells with my close friend Rebecca, who is a fantastic artist. I’ve not done this for a few years and it was good to revisit childhood memories and see if I could remember how to blow out an egg. In the evening, over zoom, I played a board game with my brother Matt, his husband Alex, and George, where we had to complete a stained glass window. All in all a great time was had.

What have you been doing recently? Any fun indoor activities to share?

For those of you who may have missed our performance last Friday I have included the link below.  George’s Mum suggested this week that we include a few songs for the children in our block, which seemed like a great idea at the time. It wasn’t until we walked out on to the balcony that it struck me how long it had been since I last sung any of them 😊

Repertoire this week:

Do Re Mi – from the Sound of Music

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – from Mary Poppins

Part Of Your World – from The Little Mermaid

Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal – Roger Quilter

Quando M’en Vo – Puccini

Je Veux Vivre – Gounod

61 responses to Happy Easter and Joyous Passover to one and all

  1. 

    Happy Easter

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 13, 2020 at 6:22 pm

      Happy Easter Jovina, I hope that you have had a lovely weekend. The bread that you have made at home looks delectable!

      Best Wishes
      Charlotte

  2. 

    Wonderful, Charlotte – and btw, I LOVE your artistic eggs!!
    Stay safe and sane.

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 13, 2020 at 6:23 pm

      Happy Easter Sheila, so glad you liked the artistic eggs – they were so fun to make. Rebecca’s Matisse inspired egg is genius.

      Best Wishes
      Charlotte

  3. 

    Nice !!! I send you pict on instag, I have put youtube on my tv, so my mother see and ear you too ! She have like a lot !!!
    I was very happy to ear you in french 🙂 Wish you the best, prenez soin de vous, meilleurspensées et félicitations !!!!!!

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 13, 2020 at 6:23 pm

      Joyeuses Pâques Pascal, je suis ravie que vous ayez regardé notre concert à la télévision et partagé l’expérience avec votre mère. J’espère que la prononciation française était correcte.

      Best Wishes
      Charlotte

      • 

        Oui, tout à fait correct Charlotte.
        Et j’ai ainsi vu que mes clips youtub supportent très bien le format 55″ – En voyant ce que vous faites sur le balcon, j’espère que cet été, nous pourrons faire une cession de vidéos et de photos en extérieur, avec toi et George pour créer un DVD de votre duo pour proposer au public. (lyrique et classique hors les salles ) On en reparle. Meilleurs pensées à tout les deux .

  4. 

    What a talent packed couple! I see a career in dance for that little girl too! Happy Easter you two.

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 13, 2020 at 6:24 pm

      Happy Easter Cindy, I am so glad that you enjoyed our music-making. The little girl was so sweet and it gave me wonderful energy during the concert to see her enthused.

      Best Wishes
      Charlotte

  5. 

    Happy Easter, Charlotte!

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 13, 2020 at 6:24 pm

      Thank you Benn, I hope that you had a restful long weekend and were able to find creative ways to stay positive.

      Best Wishes
      Charlotte

  6. 

    Beautiful performances, and those eggs are charming. Happy Easter.

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 13, 2020 at 6:25 pm

      I found a lot of joy from sitting still and painting the eggs – it was fun to just see how the design would unfurl!

      Best Wishes
      Charlotte

  7. 

    I love these balcony concerts, Charlotte! They are wonderful to listen to and are very uplifting!

    Mostly we are working outside right now, clearing brush and mowing the back lot before the grass gets too high back there. Nature is bursting forth in all her vigorous glory and it is a real struggle to keep up with her.

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 13, 2020 at 6:26 pm

      Happy Easter Lavinia, I am really happy that you are enjoying our balcony concerts. I am enjoying the weekly goal of performing and they are keeping George and I happy and focused.

      Good luck with your efforts to keep up with Nature! I have been really enjoying watching our house plants grown – it gives me inspiration whilst I am indoors.

      Best Wishes
      Charlotte

  8. 

    The artists in you stay busy! I’ve never painted Easter eggs but dyed a few with my kids when they were little. Since we have 4 acres we can get outside – frankly I NEED to send my husband outside – he needs some space. I hope you are not going stir crazy but love what you two are doing!

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 13, 2020 at 6:31 pm

      I enjoy keeping busy Noelle, even though I love to watch movies and TV shows. Practicing and blogging are helping me to navigate this time positively. I haven’t tried dying eggs before – that is certainly something new to explore.

      You make me chuckle, the thought of sending George out to the balcony sounds fun with a hint of wickedness 😉 ! It’s important to have a little me time!

      Best Wishes
      Charlotte

  9. 

    The artwork and painted eggs are outstanding and very heartwarming. Beautiful balcony concert. The young lady dancing in the courtyard was adorable. Happy Easter.

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 13, 2020 at 6:31 pm

      Hello Timothy, I really enjoyed the crafty day – it was fun to just create and enjoy some time with my friends. The young girl is so sweet, I enjoyed her dancing too! We also have a neighbour directly above us, whose little girl was standing on a chair poking her head out of the window, watched and held carefully by her Dad. Children bring oodles of energy and positivity.

      Best Wishes
      Charlotte

  10. 

    Happy Easter to you both.

  11. 

    Happy Easter, you two!!

  12. 
    Rev. Tim George April 12, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    Dear George&Charlotte,
    Happy Resurrection Sunday and Jesus our Passover Lamb is Risen, just like he said and we have victory over the coronavirus pandemic. May the Lord bless real good your marriage is my prayer.

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 13, 2020 at 6:35 pm

      Dear Rev. Tim, thank you for your kind blessings. I hope that you and your local community were able to find a way to celebrate together while maintaining social distancing during this pandemic.

      Best Wishes
      Charlotte

  13. 

    Happy Easter to Charlotte and George…..
    Looks like you are doing well……Hope so! All my best wishes……

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 13, 2020 at 6:37 pm

      Thank you Darlene, we are staying chirpy and trying to soak up the sun on our exercise walks while we are in lock down. Take care and sending you lots of love.

      Best Wishes
      Charlotte

  14. 

    The balcony concerts are a wonderfui service to your community! I really loved the egg creations too. I have been doing a lot of writing and drawing myself in the shut down.

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 13, 2020 at 6:38 pm

      Happy Easter Joseph, thank you for sharing what you have been up to recently. Good luck with your writing and drawing. It is lovely to give attention to these creative tasks. I am so happy that you too can enjoy the concerts.

      Best Wishes
      Charlotte

  15. 

    happy Easter! 🙂

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 13, 2020 at 6:39 pm

      Thank you Annette! I hope that you and your family have had a happy time this Easter.

      Best Wishes
      Charlotte

  16. 

    Beautiful. Happy Easter!

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 13, 2020 at 6:40 pm

      Thank you John. Easter is about surprises, and I hope you’re surprised with an even better Easter than you expected.

      Best Wishes
      Charlotte

  17. 

    Thanks for sharing your balcony concert.

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 13, 2020 at 6:40 pm

      It is our please Joe, thank you for watching. Stay happy and healthy.

      Best Wishes
      Charlotte

  18. 
    Amritpal Singh April 13, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Good morning Hoather happy Easter have a nice day stay home safe life

  19. 

    I love the new artwork by you and your friends–heart waming, as Timothy says, above. Very talented, all of you!

    I’ve saved the performances for last.

    I spent some time designing a cover for my next book, The Guardienne. I also started writing the interior content last night. I uploaded my dystopian novel, A True Map of the City, in Kindle format to Amazon. I must get Tenirax off the back burner and finish it, too.

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 24, 2020 at 8:40 pm

      We had so much fun creating the art together over a facetime call, I am so glad that you liked our creations. I hope you enjoy the music.
      You have been so productive, that is wonderful!! Congratulations on releasing your book and creating the art cover for another. Tenirax sounds like a wonderful title!

      Best Wishes
      Charlotte

  20. 

    Very nice drawing you did. Happy Easter – a day late 🙂

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 24, 2020 at 8:40 pm

      Happy Easter my friend! I was really impressed with my friends Matisse egg, so delicate and detailed!

      Best Wishes
      Charlotte

  21. 

    This is fabulous.
    I adore watching that child dance to the songs.
    Your neighbours must be in love with you.
    You even have my cats hypnotized with your songs and voice.
    You and George are the best!
    Thank you so much for this lovely Easter wish, and I send belated good wishes, and best for everyday in the future.
    Resa
    ❦❦

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 24, 2020 at 8:41 pm

      Hello Resa, my little neighbour really does evoke joy! I was so glad we performed something especially for her.

      Wow Cats! That’s a new one – I love it. I do not have any pets , so it’s lovely to hear how yours are affected by the music! Happy Easter my friend and belated good wishes flying on their way to you too.

      Best Wishes
      Charlotte

  22. 

    That little child in the background- your biggest fan!

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 24, 2020 at 8:41 pm

      I feel very lucky to have got to know her through these concerts – she is so sweet-hearted!

      Best Wishes
      Charlotte

  23. 

    Well one “fun activity” Petronela and I enjoyed was a ‘pillow’ fight but, confined to our flat for at least 12 weeks our daily walk has been 50 times back and forth across our living room – that’s 1km. As you say, thank goodness for today’s technology (I never thought I’d say that!) which, eg, has allowed our writers’ club to continue ‘meetings’ via Messenger video chat. And how great it is to wake to the dawn chorus through the open window uninterrupted by frequent passing cars!
    We do not celebrate Easter until next Sunday (19th) so at the moment we are still in Lent, so we’ll be substituting red eggs for pillows at Sunday breakfast, accompanied by the ‘greeting’ “Hristos a Înviat!”. George has no doubt taught you the response!
    What a wonderful Easter you had despite all! And thank you for all the music.
    Cu drag, R&P x

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 24, 2020 at 8:41 pm

      Buna Roger! Paste Fericit! I know the died red eggs well and it is such a fun tradition. April is a happy month for us! As we celebrate both Easters, and on the 23rd it is St George’s Day, where we celebrate George’s saint name’s day and the patron saint of England. It is fun to share some similarities across both cultures.

      A Pillow Fight, what a delightful, smile-inducing activity. What a brilliant idea to measure your living room so you know how far to walk and create a healthy routine! I shall pass this idea on to my family.

      I am so pleased to read that your writers group can continue over video chat – it is lovely to stay connected in this way! It is a joy to hear less traffic and more bird song I must admit.

      Cu drag
      Charlotte

  24. 

    A very belated Happy Easter to you and George! I love your drawings and the eggs are spectacular!

  25. 

    Thanks for this post. Happy Easter Late. God bless you all.

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 24, 2020 at 8:42 pm

      Happy Easter and warm wishes to you and your family. I hope you are able to find moments of happiness amidst these strange times.

      Best Wishes
      Charlotte

  26. 

    excellent and inspiring, a welcome relief from the strange new world in which we find ourselves enveloped, these impromptu gigs and others have been highlights of my weeks 🙂

    • 
      Charlotte Hoather April 24, 2020 at 8:43 pm

      Dear Robert, I am so glad that you can enjoy our little snippets of concerts! It has been fun to have the weekly challenge to put it together. I hope they bring you more moments of happiness in the coming weeks. Stay safe and healthy!

      Best Wishes
      Charlotte

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