Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Homecoming



Returning home after a summer holiday brings mixed feelings. The cottage we were staying in near the Suffolk coast was absolutely beautiful. It even had its own gargoyle. 



Whilst we were there there was sandcastling, fish and chip eating and even (gasp) real-life beach hut visiting. During the 24 hours before we reached home we all had that familiar flat feeling of a good time coming to an end. 



Despite this, the sight of our (slightly wild and woolly) strip of front garden and the familiar pink walls of our little house was reassuring. As we stepped through the door the little ones rushed off to find toys that they'd left behind and I got my usual post-holiday urge to clean and rearrange. 



It was rather more measured this year though and I realised it was truly lovely to be back amongst cherished objects. 



Within hours the girls and I had filled three our favourite jars and jugs with flowers from the garden and reacquainted ourselves with Mrs Thriftyhousehold's much-loved quilts









The arrival of a wonderful vintage hand-knitted cardigan from etsy in the last few days has added to the  cosy joy of being back home.

Edited to add: A space has become available on my beginners' silver clay workshop this coming Saturday 1st September. It's very short notice but drop me a line on emma at minniedog dot co dot uk if you'd like to come along.

29 comments:

Julie said...

Welcome home Emma. I've been enjoying your snippets on Facebook via Twitter :o)

Madelief said...

Welcome back Emma! It's good to see one of your posts again.

The sweater looks lovely. Etsy is one of my favourite sites too. You can find the most beautiful things there!

Madelief x

Suzie Sews At DOTTY RED said...

welcome home....

Rachel said...

Even if the holiday was lovely, it's good to be home, isn't it!

Ali said...

Funny how being away always leaves you looking at your space with new perspective.
Nice to have you back.

Tangled Sweetpea said...

Beautiful snaps Emma! I love Etsy too, your new cardi looks gorgeous.
Victoria xx

Ruby Lu said...

I regularly read your blog but have not commented before. I do enjoy your blog and your jewellery is beautiful. I've just spotted your cushion - it looks lovely. I've just started this 'painted ladies' tapestry so now I know how good it will look when I finish (hopefully).

marigold jam said...

Sounds like a lovely holiday. Beautiful photos. I love the china in the first one.

Pomona said...

Lovely pictures! And I love your auricula cushion too. Glad you had a nice holiday!

Pomona x

saffa said...

So pleased you had a lovely holiday Emma :) being away makes you appreciate home I find. I love your blue pebbles from the beach and your home looks beautiful and very cosy :) your very lucky, love safxxx

Calico Kate said...

Lovely pictures Emma, the cushion is gorgeous, and the jumper looks very cosy. Do you have pictures of the beach huts?? ;)
Welcome home
CKx

Jackie said...

Thats what holidays are for..yes there is a little flatness at the thought of getting back to normal, but as it hasn't been normal for a week or two it becomes exciting. Don't you think?

Naturally Carol said...

It is interesting to read of your range of coming home emotions..I could identify with each one..but like you, lately I have settled into being home a lot faster than I used to..I wonder whether I've finally grown up..it's taken a while!

Mrs. Micawber said...

There's no place like home. :)

So glad you had a wonderful holiday and an even more wonderful homecoming.

Indigo Blue said...

We felt the same when we came home from holiday. Especially leaving lovely weather at Brighton to wet and windy in Cornwall.

The weather has been lovely where you are especially at the beginning of August. I visited my Mum (near by you) and cut her grass in temps of the high 20's. Sweated off a few ounzes that afternoon!
x

menopausalmusing said...

If I had a jam jar like that, I think I would take it away on holiday with me.........

Thrifty Household said...

Returning home from holiday is a whole messy mix of emotions...glad you had a good break!

millefeuilles said...

It's lovely to have you back, Emma. As my two and a half year old daugther said as we stepped across our threshold on returning from holiday last week: 'I was sad to leave but I'm happy to be back'!

Stephanie

Debs Dust Bunny said...

There's no place like home! Dorothy was so right, especially when you put so much love and effort into making a house a home. Your home looks so inviting and cozy, really lovely!

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Lovely to have you back Emma, so glad you had a wonderful break.
Such beautiful images. :)
Vivienne x

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Our homes should be our sanctuaries, the world is such a busy place it's good to have our own space that we love! Ada :)

dragonfly said...

Next time you go away can I go on holiday to your house?

julie said...

I always think one of the nicest things about going away is the coming home again. The opening of your own front door and that first breath of the scent of home is a happy feeling. Glad you had a lovely time away, welcome back and by the way thanks so much for the 'Four Hedges' book recommendation a while back. My copy arrived today and I've managed to read around 10 pages between sorting out Toby - I can't wait until his bedtime when I plan to snuggle up and get stuck in properly!

Karen said...

Its lovely to go on holiday but that wonderful feeling as you see home can't be beaten. I have missed your posts. Love those plates and that little green tin. Welcome back. Karen xx

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Welcome home :D Not much beats the Suffolk coast, except home :D

nimble fingers and steady eyebrows said...

Everything seems so peaceful and calm, lovely. And those pink flowers are beautiful! - Annie

Locket Pocket said...

Our homecoming wasn't quite as aesthetically pleasing as yours but it was still good to be home - especially as we had made special effort to tidy before we left so we came home to an unusually appealing home! ;o) xxx

...Tabiboo... said...

Oh that looks so lovely Emma and makes me yearn for the country even more.

Nina x

Latest Fashion And Style said...

Beautiful snaps and I love your auricula cushion too