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Sunday, August 28, 2016

A road trip and some realisations

Life can be full of glittering expectations.  Expectations of our home, family, children, career, holidays and so the list could continue forever.  Of course in reality these expectations are not always met.  Setting out on a road trip recently I was filled with hopes of new and exciting shopping and dining experiences paired with cosy accommodation and perfectly behaved children. 


While this trip was a lovely chunk of important family time which I am very grateful for, it also made me realise that the things that make my heart sing are actually right in front of me at home. 


A paddock full of winter wildflowers, almost too vast to capture with a camera. 


A cup of tea made with water from our tank and homemade biscuits.


Coriander flowers taking over my garden, too pretty to pull out and clean up, just yet. 


There is always bread, so grounding and dependable.  


Discoveries  in second hand shops actually fill me with more joy than purchases from new shops.  On this trip most of the new shops I visited felt cold, noisy and full of mass produced emptiness.  The exceptions to this are my friends at Fine and Sunny and another gorgeous shop, new to me, Hip Digs.


It made me realise that less is more, that our local outback town has almost everything I need including sublime coffee and that there truly is no place like home.  Of course, I knew this already, travelling just reminded me.  

I hope you have plenty of things to be grateful for this Sunday x

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  1. So true! I love my country town. Cities are fun for a day, but then I need to breath again. With 4 young kids that are used to acres to roam, it interesting to be in a city, an apartment. Bouncing off the walls, waving to everyone on the side walks, climbing power poles, but loving all the pedestrian buttons to push. Like I said, fun for a day. Then I like to sleep again with the sound of frogs, birds and horses chatting over the fence.

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    1. Thank you Marijke, you understand perfectly.

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  2. Yes I have experienced this phenomenon too Jane. The perfect reminder of why we live where we live!

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  3. Yes I have experienced this phenomenon too Jane. The perfect reminder of why we live where we live!

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  4. I love exploring new places but must confess that I'm always glad to come home. If I could just move the house half a mile away from the busy road next to us then it would be pretty perfect.
    Do you save your coriander seeds for cooking? I use more seeds than leaves as my coriander bolts and goes to seed quicker than I can use it.
    Your paddock full of wildflowers looks beautiful.

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    1. Hello Anne, yes I do use coriander seeds in cooking and I love the leaves also. But, it goes to seed quickly in my garden too.

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  5. Sentiments that I share with you. Couldn't agree more about the water to drink and the familiarity of good home baked food. I guess it's always good to explore away from home to realise how wonderful our own turf is xx

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    1. Indeed Ainsley, lovely to hear from you x

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  6. I find trips away either reveal one of two things - that you either prefer things at home, or that you need to change something when you get back.

    Those wildflowers are beautiful, as is that delicious sourdough!
    Happy new week to you Jane,

    Sarah x

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    1. Wise words as always Sarah, thank you x

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  7. Such beautiful light in your photos Jane! Having been on the road quite a lot myself this past month I can definitely relate, the things that truly make my heart sing are at home, too. xx

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  9. Those wild flowers Jane are just divine. I hope you are getting a tiny slice of each day to admire them. I'd want to lay in them and think poetic thoughts looking up at the sky...but them I'd probably think about snakes coming out for some spring time activity and quickly stand instead, (which would be just as fine too :-)

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  10. I lay in them to take this photo Brydie! They are beautiful but so hard to capture on camera with any perspective!

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