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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