After a surprisingly cool summer, the temperature suddenly skyrocketed into the 30s mid-autumn, just when Easter bunny was trying to transport paper-thin molded chocolate eggs in his hot family car!
And did you see the state of the supermarket car park last Thursday? It was hopping mad!
Shoppers got themselves into quite a flap trying to get in and out of tight spaces, but logistical challenges abound in a life filled with offspring.
It's Easter and all of my baby chickens are home for the holidays so I couldn't be hoppier... happier.
We've packed-in all our family traditions of church services, camping-out and dining-in on Hot Cross Buns.
We like those special spiced fruit buns five different ways at our place.
I'm an old-fashioned oven-grilled kind of gal, halving my bun and grilling the outside first, then flipping it to grill the inside just until it's toasty brown.
I have to watch and save it before it burns then quickly lather it in thick salty butter until it melts.
My husband Kym is a modern microwave man. He blasts his bun for ten seconds then juggles it from hand to hand before hoeing into it.
He often gets distracted and overdoes the timing, then moans about the state of his steaming sultanas.
Seventeen-year-old Yasinta works in the best bakery in town, so holds very high standards about all baked goods. She won't touch anything that's been out of the oven for more than a few hours, so she tears her fresh bun apart piece by piece to enjoy each soft feather-light morsel.
Fourteen-year-old Tiani is our fruit freak who eats her Hot Cross Bun as though it were an apple, just holding it in one hand, taking big bites and munching. It helps that her taste buds are awakened by her favourite apple and cinnamon style celebratory bun.
Our university student has a soft spot for the choc chip version of the Easter bread bun, which will make too much mess when melted in the traditional toaster but can cope quite well with a quick zap in the microwave.
We definitely didn't eat meat on Good Friday, almost exclusively ate chocolate on Resurrection Sunday and we've been enjoying Hot Cross Buns cunningly since Christmas. Whoops!
Hope your Easter was happy!