“Nothing beats kindness.” said the horse. “It sits quietly beyond all things.”
Easter Sunday means different things for different people. For some, it’s about faith. For some, it’s about family. For many, it’s about finding hidden treats left by a wild creature when you weren’t looking. But today, for me and for the whole Londolozi family, Easter is about hope. And kindness. And friendship. All things you will find in the extraordinary writer Charlie Mackesy‘s book The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse – our inspiration for this year’s annual Easter Breakfast on the Varty Camp lawn.
This book has consistently and persistently shown up in many of our lives over the past year. Members of the Londolozi family (me included) have received it, and given it, as gifts. They have caught our eye at bookstores and on coffee tables and Mackesy’s powerful illustrations have been causing a storm of kindness and empathy on Instagram.
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse is ultimately about friendship – not only between the four enchanting characters (in which I believe many people could see small parts of themselves) but also with the natural world. The simple yet powerful lessons from the animals that he shares in his book speak of kindness and of empathy – to others and to ourselves. He connects us with our inner child and reminds us that life, while it may be stormy, is an incredible journey worth sharing with those we love.
Mackesy shows us that there is much beauty in the world that we all need to look after. And he reminds us that life isn’t about reaching the end (of a goal, of a pandemic, of journeys, of all of our struggles) but rather about taking stock of how far we have actually come and for being grateful for the many lessons that we have learned along the way. He reminds us that home isn’t always a physical place, but a way of being in our own hearts. And, most importantly, his book inspires us to reconnect with our own inner child, to live courageously, and to ask for help when we need it, which is always a brave thing to do.
We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Easter with our guests than to be inspired by The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse. As is tradition, our talented team of Chefs produced the most sumptuous array of Easter treats – from rustic scrambled eggs to waffles drizzled in maple syrup and topped with crispy bacon… treats that the mole would surely find utterly irresistible.
While this is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Charlie himself, I wholeheartedly encourage you to purchase a copy of his book . As it has in my home, it will become a treasure on your coffee table or next to your bed. It will be something you find yourself paging through when you’re feeling a bit low, and it is a wonderful book to read with children. May these three animals and their small human friend bring you many blessings today – from the entire Londolozi Family to yours… Happy Easter!
*Just a note… all staff have completed at least a 10-day quarantine and all COVID protocols were adhered to.