Sunday, October 4, 2015

Home Again

It's hard to believe that just a week ago I was still in Ireland. It was an unbelievable experience, and I'm so glad I had the chance to visit there for almost three weeks. But there's something to be said for coming home again. Soaking in my own bathtub, crawling into my own bed, and being able to put on clean clothes every day seems like such a treat! I guess that's one of the gifts of travel - you appreciate the creature comforts of home much more when you return than you did before you left.

There's usually a bit of a bumpy landing when I return. I'm happy to say that this return was a happy exception. Yes, Fergus desperately needed a bath, and so did my house, but other than that all was well. Jet lag has been my worst enemy, possibly made worse by the fact I caught a cold while I was away. Also, there was the bike accident I was in last weekend. My face is finally healing, but for awhile it looked like I had some ancient Celtic symbol imprinted on the side of it. I don't recommend landing with one's head into a rock wall.

It's been especially nice to return to a completely different season. Fall is my very favourite time of the year, and it appears to be in full swing here in my little corner of BC. I was so happy to see the squash and pumpkins for sale at the local market.


They are good for more than just eating. I needed weights while I traced out a pattern and realized they were perfect for the job.


The lake is quiet after a busy summer of campers and tourists.


The trail up Teapot Hill is covered in leaves.


And the autumn winds are blowing the needles off the cedar trees by our cottage, covering the streets in gold.


Thank you all for the wonderful comments you left on my blog while I was on my Irish adventure. I wasn't able to keep up with my blog reading while I was away, so please be sure to leave a link in the comment section here if you have a post or two from September that you would like for me to read. It's nice to be back!

25 comments:

  1. Welcome back, nothing like your own bed at the end of the day. So where do you plan to go for your next walking trip? Love all the squash wish we could get so many varieties

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  2. Welcome home Kristie! I am sorry to hear you had a bike accident, hope you are not to worried to use a bike now. I enjoyed your Irish adventure very much (I didn't comment on all posts for lack of time but I did read them all). It was like going on holiday myself. x

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  3. Glad to see you safely home Kristie, and good that you had such a lovely time. Everything is looking beautiful back in BC, autumn is so very photogenic isn't it. Sorry you had a bicycle mishap, I hope your face is all better very soon. CJ xx

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  4. It's always good to go and even better to come back. Sorry about your bike accident. What a great display of pumpkins.

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  5. Kristie, I'm glad that you are home safe and sound, albeit a bit banged up it seems! We have had a lot of company this month and while I enjoyed them it will be nice to have my house back to myself! So I can understand how you feel about coming home. You might enjoy several of my posts on Morning Musings last month that you missed. Also some of Take Joy Society might be right up your alley, too. I hope you have more photos to share of Ireland.

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  6. Hi Kristie, Your Irish adventures were wonderful, but not such a good thing to come home to a bump from your bike! Hope all heals well for you. Love those Canadian pumpkins, always look gorgeous displayed about the place. And there is nothing like a Canadian lake either :))

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  7. There is no place like home I totally agree wherever that may be. Glad you enjoyed you lovely adventure to Ireland and hope you face heals soon.

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  8. Wow - just look at those pumpkins - beautiful and multi-functional! Welcome back and I hope your face recovers soon. xx

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  9. Glad you enjoyed your holiday and are back home safely. It's always nice to get home.

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  10. Your trip was just so wonderful, thank you for taking us with you. So sorry about the cold and the fall, do you think you have a concussion? Glad you are happy to be home, I bet you were missed so much. Autumn looks gorgeous where you live.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  11. It's nice to go on holiday, but always nice to come home again, love the pumpkins! enjoy fallxx

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  12. Good to know that you are home safe and sound and that all is well at home - once Fergus was sorted out! xx

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  13. Hey Kristie,
    I think coming home is all part of the holiday experience to be honest. I love camping, but I also love getting into my own bed, having a long hot shower and washing my smalls ;)) I have been enjoying the beginning of Autumn in St Ives, although we have had a kind of Indian summer during September, and it is only just beginning to feel as if the seasons are turning.
    Leanne xx

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  14. Sorry to hear about your bike mishap and hope you are now fully recovered from the jet lag. It does look as if autumn arrived while you were away! Sarah x

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  15. Welcome home! I'm sorry to hear about your bike accident. I hope you're okay. It sounds like you're settling in very nicely after your adventure, which I really enjoyed reading about. I hope you're enjoying the fall weather and having some good walks. Take care and have a great week!

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  16. Oh my, the bike accident sounds painful! But the trip itself sounds wonderful. Isn't it nice to be back in your own bed? That's my favourite part of coming home.

    Leafy trails ... one of the best parts of autumn. :)

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  17. I have been enjoying your account of your long walk. We did a cycle trip to the west of Ireland some years ago and found the climate a bit wet and windy for our taste.

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  18. I enjoyed reading your tour of Ireland...nothing much seems to have changed since i was there in the sixties...but you made me nostalgic for white puddings...

    But coming home is always special, even if the washing basket is overflowing...something having gone wrong with the washing machine....and the spiders are having a field day behind the cupboards...

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  19. Beautiful photographs - love the pile of pumpkins - the colours are so rich and vibrant x

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  20. I know how you feel about coming home after a long vacation. Although everything seems smaller in my home when I get there, it's almost a relief to be around all that is familiar. You've had an amazing adventure and obviously it was lots of fun. I've never been to Ireland myself, but it sure looks like a beautiful country to visit.
    Wendy

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  21. I would have to argue with you that my bed at home is better than your bed in your home, ha ha ha. I LOVE to come home!! I love my house my kitchen my rituals :) Glad you had a good time and glad you had a wonderful reunion with your bed and bath.

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  22. It's impossible to compare images of Ireland with images of pumpkin and squash in the fall, but both are wonderful. Fall is my favorite time of year as well and the sight of pumpkins always make me smile--as long as the temperatures aren't in mid-summer range.
    I'm so sorry about the bike mishap, heading meeting stone sounds scary. I hope all is well now. Watch your step on all of those leaf-covered paths and streets!

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  23. Finally, after a frankly hellish September, I can catch up with everyone! I did read your recent Ireland posts, but mostly on my phone while waiting with the Aged Ps at medical appointments. That's how I've been doing most of my reading lately.

    Ouch at just the thought of your bike accident - I do hope you're properly recovered now - and ooh at that gorgeous pic of little Ella.

    We're overdue a proper catch up my friend x

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  24. Just caught up with your Irish Adventure photos. The Titanic experience is said to be very good. Love your pumpkin/squash photos. We don't do that kind of thing so well in the UK.

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  25. Annie recommended your blog to me, I am in search of some outdoor wonder!! Your pictures are lovely, off to read, thank you. x

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