It’s Spring, It’s Easter, It’s a Traintastic New Season!
While some would say that we may yet be blasted by Ol’ Man Winter; it’s been feeling and looking more like we might skip Spring and roll right in to Summer!
Speaking of rolling … if you haven’t yet had a chance to see the new Prairie Farm Report video on our homepage, head on over and grab your popcorn (it’s short really). It presents a high level overview of everything that Aspen Crossing has to offer!
This weekend is Easter and along with a few of our own chickens, bunnies and eggs; we wanted to do a little research about the famed decorated Easter eggs.
The time honoured tradition of coloured, decorated eggs is said to date back to the 13th century. There are also stories of egg-laying hares as introduced to America by German immigrants. We wonder what our ancestors would say on today’s interpretation of Easter?
One of our favourite mysteries is of course, the famed or ill fated, Fabergé eggs. Reportedly, there were about 50 of these famous jewelled eggs created for the Russian Tsars Alexander and Nicholas, between 1885 and 1917. Supposedly 43 survived. Two were never completed and delivered, due to the Russian Revolution.
Just how valuable were these eggs? One man would have been happy to get $500 for melting down the scrap metal. Imagine his surprise when he discovered it was worth 33 million dollars!
Today we are not as extravagant. Most of us are very happy to decorate our eggs with family and friends to celebrate the coming of a new Spring. But how did they colour eggs before commercial dyes were invented.
Well thanks to the folks at Pysanka.com, here is the list of how eggs were coloured “back in the old days”, made from berries, roots and bark as noted below:
YELLOW – onion skins, apple tree bark, or mistletoe leaves
BROWN - onion skins ORANGE – infusion of crocuses
GREEN – sprouting rye, wheat or moss
RED – brazil wood, beets, logwood
VIOLET – sunflower seeds, elderberry fruit and bark
BLUE - red cabbage
BLACK – old walnuts, oak bark or ashes
So throw open the windows and let in the fresh spring air, just get outdoors! Not sure what to do? Then come and visit us at Aspen Crossing. Our gift shop and dining car re-open again April 1st. See you soon!
Happy Easter Everyone from all of us here at Aspen Crossing!