Home Sweet Home

Have you been away for half term? We have just returned from a Californian road trip (of which more posts later) but despite the whirlwind excitement of the last 16 days there is nothing quite like being home again.  So what is great about coming home?

  • The front door.  Odd it maybe, but when you pull up outside your house for the first time after a holiday, am I alone in loving the front door?  For me it is more than the first real sign of our home - it signifies the entrance to our little bit of the world.
  • The house smell.  My family mock me for my sensitive nose but just as we have our own distinct smell so too do houses and after being away it is our "house smell" that is familiar and comforting and says "Yes!  We are home!"
  • Not living out of a suitcase.  Doesn't everyone hate this?  But for us this time after 15 days of non-stop travelling down the West Coast of California, from San Francisco to Los Angeles and then through the desert to Las Vegas, Nevada, the novelty of hanging up clothes for a maximum of 2 days and in some cases not at all, was wearing thin.
  • Your wardrobe.  I am renowned for not packing lightly and this time was made more complicated as we had to cater for a variety of temperatures and activities, from whale watching in the Pacific, to beach lounging in Santa Monica, but nothing is the same as having access to your "whole" wardrobe and a real choice of what to wear.
  • A washing machine.  Yes we stayed in hotels, but there wasn't time to do a laundry service so we had to make do, recycle and buy some extras, but nothing quite beats the joy of fresh laundry and particularly underwear!  Between us this time there was a grand total of 70 boxers/knickers and 120+socks.
  • Space.  Everyone loves a fabulous hotel bedroom and en-suite but after a while it is all just too claustrophobic.  I miss the overall space of our house when on holiday and being able to walk between more than two rooms and floors, as well having the ability to seek out a little bit of "personal space" too.
  • Dressing table.  I couldn't survive without my little corner of our bedroom for sorting myself out and doing your hair etc in the bathroom just doesn't cut it for me.
  • Cooking.  My love/hate relationship with food shopping and cooking and my love of eating out is well documented, but after 16 days of airline and restaurant food constituting a minimum of 50 meals I would be very happy to "not go out" for a while.  My excitement at stocking the fridge and planning a family roast today with bucket loads of veg is palpable!
  • Tea.  You cannot move in the U.S. for Starbucks and coffee shops but "tea" is just not their thing.  In fact where else does tea (and cake) like us Brits?
  • Post.  Admittedly there is less real post nowadays but nevertheless there is something really satisfying about sorting through a pile of post when you arrive home.
  • Newspapers.  Oh my word.  I miss "real" English newspapers and my magazine subscriptions and love curling up for a good thumb through on coming home.
  • Catch-Up TV.  Nothing quite beats returning from holiday and sitting down for a binge TV session of your favourite shows and I already have my afternoon mapped out.
  • Internet Access.  Data roaming is so expensive and free WiFi is limited, so it is great to be back and to have access to the online world again.
  • Friends & Family.  Being on holiday is fantastic and for me it is fabulous family time but it is always great to get back and catch up with your friends and extended family and be in the real world again.
  • Bed.  Isn't this what everyone misses the most?  Nothing beats your own bed, with your own pillows and your own duvet and fresh linen.



What do you love about coming home?  Is there anythign you would add to this list?

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  1. November 6, 2016 / 10:13 am

    I love being away, but yes there is something so comforting about returning to your own house. I guess what would be missing for me is cuddles with my cats as long as they weren’t sulking because of my absence. I would miss tea as well. I lived in Spain for a couple of years and could never quite nail the perfect cup of tea. You can’t beat home comforts. Your trip does sound amazing though!


    • November 6, 2016 / 9:11 pm

      What is it about the English and tea? No-one does it better do they? Thanks for commenting. #bigpinklink

  2. November 3, 2016 / 1:21 pm

    A very extensive list, and I think I agreed with them all!! I know exactly what you mean about the house smell-I’ve always been able to clearly recognise the house smell, of every house I’ve ever lived in! And living out of a suitcase definitely loses it’s novelty-I went travelling a few times in my early twenties, and it was eating away at me by the end of each trip, that I absolutely hated not having my own wardrobe, where things lived permanently! And bed is a big one for me-I’m a rubbish sleeper anyway, but I can at least make it better at home by having a really good mattress and pillows, and things I need available to me (nightol, night time herbal teas, shows I love on tv if I really can’t sleep,) and I have found that I get just exhausted by the end of some trips away, by not being able to sleep properly at all. Anyway, the trip sounds AWESOME, I’m very envious, and can’t wait to read the posts about it!!
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    • November 4, 2016 / 8:08 am

      I am chuckling at your long list of things to make you sleep – I have the same line up of items – forgot my night time tea when I was away and was devastated. The Americans do have a very good lavender spray for pillows that I did bring back with me although sadly it hasn’t cracked through the jet lag yet. Thanks for commenting. #bigpinklink

    • November 2, 2016 / 3:00 pm

      Yes and sometimes it is only when you get back that you realise how much you have missed home! #PoCoLo

    • November 2, 2016 / 6:58 am

      Yes certainly an oversight on my part this time and I paid the price for my forgetfulness.

  3. October 31, 2016 / 3:40 pm

    Yes, there is something so lovely about returning home. I also love curling up with a good magazine at home, nothing beats it #BigPinkLink
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    • November 1, 2016 / 8:03 pm

      My favourite thing in the world whether I have just returned home or not to be honest. #bigpinklink

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