Thursday, September 13, 2012


It's funny the perspective a weeks worth of holidaying can bring.

Though I love spending time on the internet, there is a certain clarity of mind to be had when you don't have it. There are less distractions on holidays. I still cooked dinner each night. I still put the compost out. I still cloth nappied my youngest. But I was able to step back and enjoy life just that little bit more.

I felt that I could hear myself think. I could hear my kids clearly. I felt rested with a certain sense of calm that only idle time can bring. No plans. No expectations. I wanted to bottle some of that and bring it home.

I'd like to make time to read more. To engross myself in the world of a novel every now and then.

I'd like to knit outdoors more.

I'd like to reawaken my senses and enjoy more of what is under my very nose.

I'd like to slow down, even just a little bit.

We saw many beautiful places; breathtaking beaches the colour of sapphires and topaz, sandy tracks lined with gnarled and twisted banksias, rolling hills dotted with black and white cows. At times we threw around the idea of moving to such places. But as we opened the gate into our driveway we realised that we have it pretty good here. It may not be very green. It may not have the scent of salt in the air and the echos of the ocean. But the blossoms had emerged while we were away and the sweet scent of them filled the valley. The lilac and apple trees are budding. It's been a long cold Winter. But we are sensing a change. A reawakening. And it really wouldn't be the same anywhere else.

We are home.


  1. A lovely post, I feel like a beach break right about now

  2. They say there is no place like home. But I think home is where ever your heart is. Beautiful words and as always lovely photos. :-)

  3. so very beautiful, is that hyams beach? the disconnect is so important. we took a trip in a campervan this year, and i
    ve never felt so fulfilled, with so little. just me and my people :)sarah

  4. and home is always the best place on earth, don't you think? xx

  5. Just as I began reading I thought she's not going to blog any I hastily read quickly to the end of your post to see....YAY you are staying with us...but I totally relate to life disconnected....I can't tell you how many times a day I read online...maybe not for hours but many times a day's a good thing that they don't charge me every time I connect...just wish I could connect more with my house work on a regular daily basis instead of living so voyeristically through the gorgeous life of bloggers but my life would not be the same without them x

  6. Being away always makes you appreciate home more. I always thought the grass was greener on the other side--till I went there, and it isn't.

  7. i KNOW your heart on this one Tania.
    so pleased you had some time away to regain some perspective. it's essential isn't it.

  8. I too was expecting to read that you wouldn't be blogging anymore....I'm so glad I was wrong. As usual gorgeous photos and relatable writing
    The beach house looks just devine
    cheers Kate

  9. I know! And then you ask yourself, if I lived by the sea, would I holiday in the country and dream of moving there?

    Your resolutions sound like very good ones indeed. Inspired by the book I am reading at the moment, 'The Happiness Project', I was thinking perhaps you could choose one resolution each week and focus on it?


  10. beautiful reflections, a holiday to bring you closer to home.

  11. This has been such a huge revelation for me in recent weeks. There was a time that I was obsessed with being my life is much more balanced and I can go days without the need to be on the computer, it makes for great productivity and connecting with my family.
    Home definitely is where the heart is :)

  12. Sounds like time away did you a lot of good. Welcome home!

  13. "It's been a long cold Winter. But we are sensing a change. A reawakening." Same here. I feel my mood lift as spring creeps up.
    Christina- I like your idea of focusing on one goal a week.

  14. Ah, the sweet feeling of arriving home! Lovely post and am also selfishly glad you didn't announce an end to blogging!


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