A day of preparation. Getting ready for Easter Sunday is fun. Apart from the Notice Sheet (done) and sermon (nearly finished) there's the big breakfast after the early service. We call it "Dawn" but in actual fact it begins at 8.30 am!!
The butcher was very kind this morning and gave me a generous discount on the bacon, sausages and eggs. Then off to Makro, the wholesalers, where these tomatoes were in plentiful supply. It appears that for a very short season we import tomatoes from Turkey and they are the best you can buy out of the Irish season. They have the taste of home grown, sun ripened fruits and are utterly delicious. There'll be half a tomato for each breakfast in the morning.Well, there will be if I stop eating them. Sliced with a little salt and pepper - just perfect....
Or, sometimes a wee drizzle of Balsamic glaze just adds that little touch of sweetness that makes a tasty starter....
It is quite a dull day here so you can imagine the Mediterranean sunshine getting these vines ready for the colder countries. According to my 'count down timer' in twenty six days I'll be heading off for a week in Turkey! Fresh tomatoes are one of the lasting memories of my previous time there. Tomatoes and sunshine, ancient cities and modern hospitals.... We were in a car crash - not our taxi driver's fault - which meant a few days of medical care was needed. Returning to our little hotel's hospitality and fresh food was certainly appreciated! And tomatoes were always on the menu.
Later this afternoon I'll prepare the tables and get things ready at the parish halls so that all should good smoothly in the morning. Only a few more hours now until the Easter celebrations begin.
that we who are baptized into the death
of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
may continually put to death our evil desires
and be buried with him;
and that through the grave and gate of death
we may pass to our joyful resurrection;
through his merits, who died and was buried
and rose again for us,
your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer
Collect of Easter Eve