Monday, March 24, 2008

Egg Tree

Did you read Adrienne's recent post about the book called The Egg Tree, by Katherine Milhous? If not, here it is. The post spurred me on to make sure that this year we would indeed have our own egg tree for Easter. Here is a photo of me as a little girl standing by the family egg tree:

Egg tree 1980

Here is the egg tree now with some of those same eggs from childhood:

Egg tree 2008

I accidentally broke one of the childhood eggs while attempting to restring it. Bede volunteered to restring the rest of the eggs while I worked on removing raw egg from two whole shells.

I'd been yammering on for years about the need to bring back the egg tree. I kept my eyes open for a good branch, and when I found one, Bede anchored it in a plant pot with lots of rocks. Once we'd hung up all the decorated eggs, he said, "Now I get why you wanted an egg tree."


Anamaria (bookstogether) said...

Your egg tree is lovely! I love that you have that photo from your childhood. So sorry about the broken egg, but it sounds as if you may have made one or two to replace it.

We hang eggs (of the plastic variety) every year from the little Japanese maple in the front yard. Even though I've read Milhous, I never thought we were participating in the Egg Tree tradition somehow. I guess we are, too!

TadMack said...

Goodness, you and Lucia look alike!

We had an Easter tree once or twice, but mainly we tried to make our eggs look like they should go into nests... because we always managed to knock down the branch!

Anamaria (bookstogether) said...

I'm commenting again to ask, Isn't that Jenny you're holding in the first picture? I loved Jenny. She had dark hair like I did (do). My (blonde) daughter plays with Jenny now; she loves her just as much.

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Anamaria: That is indeed Jenny (renamed Laura)! I was trying to find a Jenny reference online, and haven't yet. Later, I also had Mandy (renamed Mary), and then found a somewhat battered Mandy in a yard-sale-- Mom helped mend her, and she became a "cousin." Somewhere in my father's attic lie all three dollies plus many more. Sigh.

That's lovely that you decorate your Japanese maple.

TadMack: It's uncanny, isn't it? Some of the newborn photos are hard to tell the difference except for the lighting. As far as knocking down the branch, there's a good reason the tree is on the mantlepiece.:) The cats could still in theory get to it, but so far, so good.

:: Suzanne :: said...

You were a darling little girl.

My mom keeps an egg tree. I need to get going on making eggs for ours. The blowing intimidates me.

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Suzanne: Thanks! Blowing out eggs is actually quite satisfying as long as you're not in a hurry. Be sure to puncture the yolk with the needle because sloshing the egg around won't break it.

Lone Star Ma said...

What wonderful pictures.

My MIL makes the most gorgeous hand=painted cascarones in the world.

I had a Mandy doll. I still have Baby Ann.

abcgirl said...

for some reason, i kept reading the caption of the first photo as "egg tree, 1890" and i couldn't tell if you were kidding or if you were staging an "old fashioned photo" or what. seriously--i think i read it 5 times before i realized that it was my EYES that were wrong. I'd believe you if you told me the photo was from 1890, but I didn't think you (or the doll) were that old!