It was now Easter 1995 in Hetzerath, and the breakfast table is set with a nice pastry creation from a local bakery, and the chocolate Easter bunnies and eggs were all arranged in a bowl – and ready to snack on.
As a result of all of our moves through the years, I always photographed our house on special occasions as a way to document how we lived – because we never knew when we would be packing everything up again.
My wife baked her special Easter cake – covered with butter cream frosting and slivered almonds – which was always a joy to have at coffee and cake – but very filling!
It was a completely different experience knowing that we might only live in a house for a year or so, and were always on guard for the next announcement that we were moving again – David had lived in seven different houses by the time he was eight years old – and eight houses by the time he was nine.
Coffee and cake was ready to be served and it was nice to be home and surrounded by the familiar – including my wife’s traditional Easter cake.
The Easter cards that we had received were all decorated on the window sill, with the new green growth of spring just barely visible through the leaded glass window panes.
We had a huge foyer in this house, and during the winter months my wife handmade this curtain to close across the entrance hall at night in order to keep the cold of winter from spreading into the rest of the house.
The foyer reminded me of a castle’s hall, with wood beams across the ceiling and marble floors – and our furniture helped add to the effect as well.
In this picture you can see through to the front door, so when the insulated curtain was drawn across the entrance at night, the cold was isolated to the area by the front door.
This was our indoor jungle that I nursed back to health after a period of neglect before we had moved in, and the glass block wall always let a lot of natural light into the foyer area.
Normally we didn’t have much use for our second dining room table that we placed in the foyer, but with David’s First Holy Communion approaching we needed every chair and table that we had available for our guests.
For David’s First Holy Communion we took the table away to use for guest seating and space for the buffet – so we arranged these two chairs and a standing lamp to fill the area instead under the matching curtains my wife made for the glass block wall.