Easter Egg Hunt, the Zumerset Way

basket by gate

Take one empty basket and leave it where the children will discover it, when they return from their morning walk.basket waitingRemember to give the hens a little chocolate the night before.

(This only works if done the night before Easter Sunday. Possibly only in Zumerset)

eggs in tree

Then the fun begins.

checking basket

It’s fast-moving and even with my camera set to sports mode, it’s near on impossible to capture the hunt in progress.

eggs on tyre

The hens are ingenious when it comes to laying chocolate eggs around the garden.

eggs and carrots

And occasionally, there is an element of humour in their choice of nest.

easter egg hunters

So there you are. Another easter egg hunt complete. Very like last year and previous years, but that’s the thing with family traditions. They tend to stay the same.

Since the disastrous year of the white eggs, the children always remind me. Long before Easter. We must make sure that dark chocolate is ready to feed the hens. Just a few crumbs. Not masses.

eggs on bench(The hens always lay in threes. Funny how they do.)

eggs in basket

Happy Easter.

Joining in with #CountryKids
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

22 thoughts on “Easter Egg Hunt, the Zumerset Way

  • Sunday 20 April, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    now that looks like a lot of fun and your kids enjoyed the effort from your lovely chocolate laying hens

    • Monday 21 April, 2014 at 9:10 am

      They certainly enjoy it. Always a lot of discussion about how the hens manage to wrap the eggs. 😀

  • Saturday 26 April, 2014 at 12:14 am

    I love the way you left the basket ready for them to find – clever hens although where’s mum’s chocolate? #countrykids

    • Saturday 26 April, 2014 at 12:18 am

      The children found lots of clutches of three eggs, and just one clutch of two. It was agreed that this must be the eggs for the grown-ups!

    • Saturday 26 April, 2014 at 12:20 am

      They did have fun. Gradually changed over the years and they all make sure that everyone finds some eggs.

  • Saturday 26 April, 2014 at 1:02 am

    What a lovely egg hunt! I love the fact you gave the hens a bit of chocolate the night before, haha. Mel #CountryKids

    • Saturday 26 April, 2014 at 7:50 am

      Middle daughter never ever forgets to remind us. It really does start several weeks before. I hate to think what would happen if we forgot one year.

  • Saturday 26 April, 2014 at 3:55 am

    Love it! What a great egg hunt 🙂 clever hens! #CountryKids

    • Saturday 26 April, 2014 at 7:51 am

      They are very clever. Realised I should have taken a photo of the hens too, but they were probably resting at the time. Especially after all that laying.

  • Saturday 26 April, 2014 at 6:17 am

    Gorgeous photographs – it really is funny that chickens lay eggs in threes! What a wonderful egg hunt! We must be neighbours as we also hail from Somerset! Lovely to find your blog! #CountryKids

    • Saturday 26 April, 2014 at 7:55 am

      Very good of them to lay three eggs in each nest, seeing as there are three children to cater for. We have four layers (hens), but being old girls, and having lived through several Easter Sundays, they know the score. Wise old birds.

  • Saturday 26 April, 2014 at 8:56 am

    That looks like lots of fun. My Easter egg hunt pictures didn’t turn out great. Weather was dull & girls ran from one place to the other

    • Sunday 27 April, 2014 at 9:35 am

      It was overcast here too. Glad we had the hunt earlier in the day. The afternoon was a wash out!

  • Saturday 26 April, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    A lovely tradition and a great collection of eggs; lots of fun for the children and so rewarding to see their faces light up when they find an egg. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

    • Sunday 27 April, 2014 at 9:37 am

      It is the ultimate treasure hunt! Wouldn’t miss it.

    • Sunday 27 April, 2014 at 9:39 am

      They are very fair about sharing them out between them. They are pretty good. This stash of chocolate will last them for weeks.

  • Saturday 26 April, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Oh what clever hens! 😉

    Sounds like so much fun!

    • Sunday 27 April, 2014 at 9:39 am

      Feeling guilty that I didn’t include a photo of the hens. Clever bunch.

  • Sunday 27 April, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    What a mega fun Easter hunt! I am so bummed I didn’t do one this year! Next year though! #countrykids

    • Monday 28 April, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Always next year. (Comes round far too quickly as well!)

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