Happy Easter from Lotus UK!
Coastal walks, weddings, surfing, a new puppy…and lots of chocolate – some of the things that the long Easter weekend means to the Lotus UK team.
This is how we’ll be spending a well-earned few days out of the office…
Happy Easter from Lotus UK!
I will be spending Easter with friends and family in Aberdyfi in mid Wales. Overlooking the Estuary where the River Dyfi meets the Irish Sea, the village has been our family retreat for generations. Vast long empty beaches (big sky county) surrounded by mountains and valleys mean long walks and swimming are a must, come rain or shine. As a child I spent hours sitting on the jetty fishing for local crabs, never to eat them but to race them down the slipway at the end of the day. This is still a highlight for er…children of any age. Aberdyfi attracts many golfers, the championship course runs along the beach and is ranked 17th best course in the country. To this day the cows still have right of passage across the course. The long beaches attract the cool kite surfers and the water is always busy with boats, kayaks, canoes, not to mention the Outward Bound kids frantically assembling life rafts as part of their training courses. The local deli sells homemade pates, cakes and local welsh cheeses and our award winning butcher with his provenance trail “from grass to gravy” keeps our house stocked with fantastic meats for barbies or cosy Sunday lunches. Easter means the grass is the brightest green, the forests are full of bluebells and the tiny lambs are bright white. When the sky and sea are blue, Aberdyfi is heaven on earth. Happy Easter everyone, I can’t wait!
This Easter, I’m heading home to St Ives, Cornwall. I’m hoping to visit some of my favourite spots including Porthmeor Café, run by my friend Jenna and located just in front of Tate St Ives. Porthmeor Café is somewhere I worked when I was a student. I loved working there, especially when we were lucky enough to spot dolphins or seals and point them out to the customers. The restaurant is a glass conservatory so has panoramic views over Porthmeor beach. Now it also has some cosy outside alcoves which are sheltered from the wind. On a good day, you definitely feel like you could be in the Med. The café serves fresh juices, great breakfasts and innovative tapas like crispy fried monkfish and harisa grilled mackerel. I’m also hoping to go to the Blue Bar, another friendly beach café in Porthtowan and Godrevy Beach café which is a great post-surf spot and is where one of my best friends Adele go married. All in all, it will a weekend of seeing family and friends, eating, drinking and going to the beach.
This Easter weekend, I am heading off to bonny Scotland for the wedding of a close friend. Fasque House is the wedding venue which is located in the countryside about one hour from Aberdeen. The weekend will consist of country pursuits, golf, an Easter egg hunt and of course the BIG day during which I shall be donning my dancing shoes and making a spectacle of myself on the dance floor. It’s what weddings are all about!
I’m hoping for good weather this Easter as I head up to Herefordshire for a few days relaxing with my family at the lovely cottage that my dad designed. I hated it when I was a teenager - there’s no internet, no TV and very limited phone reception – but now I absolutely love it and really look forward to escaping the city armed with some good books to read next to the log fire. It’s a beautiful part of the world with fantastic riverside walks – but don’t worry, I’ll be indulging in plenty of Hereford cider and Easter Eggs to undo any hard work!
We are hitting the A303 (probably with a few hundred thousand others) and heading for a big family get together in Devon. The aim is for picnics in the wood, mackerel fishing and because my sister-in-law works for the National Trust she will be working, but we plan to pile over to Killerton and join her on an egg hunt there on Easter Sunday. There is quite a great need for it not to rain…as most of our activities are planned for outside.
My ninety-four year old grandmother is sailing over to England from the Channel Islands along with my aunt, uncle and cousins, so my Easter will be one big family reunion. We’re all meeting up in Poole, Dorset, where I’ve spent every summer holiday since I can remember. I absolutely love it there – I’ve been lucky enough to travel to lots of places over the past few years, but when the sun is out, there’s nowhere else I’d rather be than walking along the Dorset coastal path and watching the sunset over Poole Harbour.
I’m planning to connect with my roots and head back to Suffolk to spend the long weekend with my family. Hopefully, the rain will hold off so that we can go for lots of long walks on the beach and pub lunches in the sun. Above all though, I’m most excited about a roast lunch and lots of chocolate on Sunday!
Ever since I was little, I've spent every Easter holiday with my family. This year, I’ve decided to do something different and booked a ticket to Vienna, Austria. I love travelling, meeting new people, and learning about different cultures, and so whenever I have a small gap in my busy schedule, I’ll fill it with visiting new places. This will be my first time in Vienna - I’ve only heard great things about the city and it looks like the weather will be on my side, so it promises for a great weekend. I'm really looking forward to ticking one more city off of my list. Any tips are more than welcome!
My Easter break will largely be dominated by babysitting our new puppy Jack, who is an absolute terror already. Beyond that, there’ll be drinks with friends on Friday, a wedding on Saturday and, ideally, another Liverpool win on Sunday!
I’m heading to Norfolk to spend Easter weekend with my friends and family. If the weather stays nice we'll go to Cromer - it’s my favourite beach in Norfolk and has the best fish and chips! I’ll also go into Norwich, where my friends and I usually go to Franks Bar which does a delicious vegetarian brunch and has amazing homemade cakes. We'll wander around the lanes where we can spend hours perusing the little shops and cafes. My grandparents have a boat on the broads, so I’ll be spending Easter Sunday on the deck hopefully getting a bit of a tan, and eating chocolate eggs!
Images from left to right:
1. Abriendo Mentes, Costa Rica, Copyright KateHood.com
2. Nuevas Esperanzas, Nicaragua
3. Vidarte Space, Brazil