This much I know about…why the Easter holidays are great!

I have been teaching for 24 years now and, at the age of 48, this much I know about why the Easter holidays are great!

Easter is the best holiday of the whole year. It seems like a gift, somehow. And everything is starting afresh; whilst Chaucer went to Canterbury, our annual Pilgrimage is to the Scottish Highlands.

There’s a lot to be said for familiarity and tradition. We always spend some time with our friends during these holidays in Plockton; we have stayed in the same cottages there every Easter since the boys were small. We catch crabs, climb hills, fish, read, eat good food, drink great whisky, watch mindless TV and generally replenish ourselves. Each year we begin at the Plockton Hotel, the view from which is thus (I kid you not):


The harbour beach at Plockton is a place of wonder. The very first day we arrived in Plockton the tide was out and the March sunshine made it feel like June; this shot captured perfectly the anticipation of the boys as they peered over the harbour wall that warm morning.

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Purely irresistible…

Every cloud, and all that. The cold spring means that the daffodils will bloom this year whilst we’re on holiday.


The best way to drink whisky is to keep it in your mouth a second for each year it’s been distilled. We regularly picnic on Talisker Bay. Talisker 57° North is a raw beast of a single malt; try the 18 seconds held in the mouth test. Go on…it’s the holidays!


About johntomsett

Headteacher in York. All views are my own.
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9 Responses to This much I know about…why the Easter holidays are great!

  1. Eddie Carron says:

    It’s a pity Plockton High School is closed over Easter because they are committed Perceptual Learning enthusiasts.

  2. Have a good break, I hope the sun shines on you all.

  3. Enjoy John hope the weather is ok.
    Plockton is indeed a very beautiful place. Some years ago having been on Sky with my father who was born a highlander and my London born children we had a lovely day and have a treasured photo of my dad with the children sitting on the same wall while my partner was curled up on a rock in the harbour enjoying the sun.

    I suspect that like many others many of my colleagues and I are in school next week still working with year 11

  4. Carol says:

    Hope you all have a lovely holiday. You never know, you might get to build a snowman while you’re there this year.

  5. Beki says:

    Just discovered your blog its great! Photos are fab too -what camera do you use?

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