I started to write this post yesterday, I had just started talking to you about the tradition of Maundy Money in the UK when I lost my internet connection - something which is getting more and more common in our house. If I were cynical I might suspect that it was my internet providers way of forcing me to take out a more expensive contract for fibre, but I have made enquiries, and fibre is not available here yet. So I remain perplexed as to why my laptop keeps loosing our internet signal.
When I worked as a Civil Servant, my colleagues and I always received an extra half day holiday on Maundy Thursday. I never discovered the origins of this tradition, other than being told, that it was a gift from The Crown - who, technically, employs the Civil Service in the UK.
Back to the subject of Maundy Money, which is traditionally given by the Queen to a selected group of pensioners on Maundy Thursday. Those selected to receive Maundy Money purses each year number the same as the age of the Queen, which this year is 93, each man and women received 93 coins. These small silver coins, whilst legal tender here, are not in general circulation, because of their silver content and something to do with their numismatic value, therefore I imagine that they are very rare. I did not want to waste that tidbit of information, having taken the time to check my facts moments before loosing my internet.
The real reason for my post is to introduce to you a special little friend. Meet my Easter Bunny, Lavender Rabbit,
Lavender Rabbit is based on my Susan Hickson range of Mary Jane's Tearoom's patterns, but she comes from my imagination and a mish-mash of all of the pattern.
Some of the patterns I have made from this series are:-