I was woken this morning by the children squabbling over eggs. The Easter chicken had visited, so the usual sugar overdose will occur.
I eschewed eggs this easter and gifted myself a bag and a cashmere sweater instead.
Both of them have been on laybuy, a slightly archaic but fantastic way of buying that we still have in Australia. Basically, you leave a deposit of 20 - 30%, then pay off the balance over a period of 6 weeks. It avoids having to use a credit card, which is ideal for someone with zero financial discipline (like me). It also adds a degree of delayed gratification.
First of all, the bag:
Mansur Gavriel small tote.
It comes with its own small detachable wallet:
It can be worn as over the shoulder too, and is very light. My Mulberry Bayswater and Postman's lock bags are lovely, but weigh a bloody ton even when empty.
The second item is a black, crew neck cashmere sweater by Jac & Jack, a local label who make basic, classic knits. It's a slightly slouchy shape, with fitted sleeves and a looser body. The cashmere is pretty good quality and I hope it will last a good many years:
While I was away, I read a truly good book:
I highly recommend it. It's the sort of autobiography of a neurosurgeon, and is a fascinating look into the world of extraordinarily hard decisions. As Mr Marsh repeatedly points out in the book, there is a terrible need to balance hope with reality when you're dealing with surgery than can wreck a person's life.
If you're interested, there's a wonderful documentary about his work in Ukraine, too, called 'The English Surgeon'. As an added bonus, the soundtrack is by Nick Cave.
Easter day pic taken by M. It's a chilly 23 degrees here, so sweaters are out!
Hope you had a wonderful Easter time with lots of feasting if that's your thing.