B&B  Blossom Cottage - Rotorua New Zealand 

with plenty of family time, chocolate treats and egg hunts. It also allows us to reflect on the real meaning of Easter Sunday, as this marks the day that Jesus Christ was resurrected.

I also have some exciting news: this morning we happily greeted a new family to our property. No, I don't mean our new guests, but the arrival of six bald sausages!  For those of you who have not read any of my previous Newsflashes, translated this means that Amber, our lop-eared bunny, has given birth to six little bunnies. They are devoid of any outer hair, fit in the palm of your hand and their eyes will be firmly shut for at least 10 days.Except for four little paws and two little ears, they look, in my opinion, decidedly sausage-like! They are nestled in a bed of straw and toasty warm fluff, which Amber cleverly plucked from her tummy last night in preparation of the impending birth of her little ones. I am extra delighted, as many families will be staying at Blossom Cottage in the holidays, including a family with four children.  The children are sure to be thrilled with our new arrivals and within a week or so, when their hair starts to grow, along with their different personalities, the bunnies will look decidedly less like sausages!

To get you in the Easter mood, before I go, here is a recipe for Hot Cross Buns, which was given to me by a good friend just yesterday.

HOT CROSS BUNS

1 tsp dry yeast, 1 cup warm milk, 1 beaten egg, 1/2 tsp salt, 4 cups fine wholemeal flour, 1tsp mixed spice, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 50g butter, 50g brown sugar and 1 cup sultanas

Stir yeast into milk, add egg and 2 tbsp flour. Mix together and cover with a damp teatowel. Leave in a warm place for about 20 minutes. Rub butter into flour and mix in the sugar, spices and sultanas. Combine this with yeast mixture and knead well, adding more flour if necessary. Leave in a warm place covered in a damp teatowel for an hour.

Grease an oven tray, divide the dough into buns and leave in a warm oven to rise for another 10 minutes. Make crosses out of a white flour and water mixture, bake at 190 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

Glaze with 2 tbsp sugar dissolved in 2 tbsp boiling water and then eat warm with butter!

Best wishes, Marianne