Not long ago, I told you about the Easter egg tree in the palace grounds here, where the aim was to have 10.000 eggs on the tree in time for Easter.
Well, that aim was reached - and nearly doubled! Our local paper had an article about it yesterday. There are now 17.210 eggs on the tree, all real eggs, all hand-painted or otherwise decorated by their donors. Since the organizers had promised 50 Cents to charity for each egg, quite a nice little sum has been given to two local charities.
But that is not all. There was also a competition as to who (individual, group, school, company...) would be contributing the most eggs. A small local school with only 110 students won the prize of 1.000 Euros - 3.585 eggs came from them alone! Since nothing was allowed to go to waste in the process of preparing the eggs, they have now in the freezer of their school kitchen a large provision of food made from the eggs' contents.
The paper published two photos on its website, one with the winners and some officials (which would be very boring for you), and this one, which shows how thickly clustered the eggs had to be hung in order for the tree to hold them all.
I hope the charities put the money they were given to good use; it won't reach very far, but I guess "every little helps", as they say.
Speaking of charity, maybe you remember that I mentioned before (for instance, in this post that my Dad regularly works at a charity shop. That is where my Mum's hand-knitted socks are going to these days. Her Etsy shop, through which she sold socks to dear and loyal customers from nearly all over the world, has been going from quiet to silent, and on her request, I have taken it off my blog's side bar now. Instead of rather less than more successfully trying to sell the socks, she now gives my Dad a few items every time he goes to work at the shop, and the money then goes to the charity running the shop.
No matter whether you celebrate Easter for religious reasons or simply enjoy a long weekend off, maybe spending it with family and friends, or just getting some well-deserved rest, Happy Easter to all of you!