Saturday, April 13, 2013

home


We're home and I don't know what the words are, the feelings are all jumbled up inside me. I'm hoping it's the jet lag. We've travelled far over the past few weeks and our eyes and hearts and minds have been wide open. We've covered some serious ground and been inspired like never before.

And now after 30 hours of travel door to door, we're home. After delayed flights, four crappy movies, a vomiting child, awful plane food and losing seven hours of time, here we are.

After breaking all the jet lag recovery rules and sleeping through most of the day I woke up this afternoon and felt ghastly. Sort of shaky and unbalanced. Like I'm not over there anymore, but I'm not really here yet either.

I wandered around the house. I tried to sit down and knit the last eight rows of my cardi, I tried to focus on the movie the girls were watching and I tried to think about considering unpacking. But I just felt lost. 

Until someone asked for some rocket and tomatoes for their feta toast. And that forced me into my boots and jacket and out of the house.

And lucky for me my farmer boy came too.


And as we wandered and weeded and picked and washed, we remembered.

Vegie gardening is ace!

The thrill of seeing how big the seeds we planted three weeks ago have grown, the smell of freshly picked coriander and rocket, the excitement of discovering red tomatoes amidst the jungle of green, pulling up bunches of colourful carrots, admiring the flowers - both the planted ones and those of vegies gone to seed and the feel of the last minutes of sunlight on our skin. With our hands in the soil, for the first time in days our feet were on the ground.

This coming home bit feels a bit icky, but we'll be ok.

Our home is where the five of us are...and where our kitchen garden grows.

xx


21 comments:

  1. Welcome home. So much processing to be done amidst the bounty. Thank you for sharing your trip and your homecoming. May it all settle in comfortably and yet with a new awareness.

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  2. You're back! The trip looked and sounded amazing. Hope the comedown isn't too bad xx

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  3. Such a lovely garden...are the yellow flowers Jerusalem artichoke blossoms?

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  4. I just want to say that your photos of the years have just become so amazing. I've been a long time follower and it's been so fun to follow along! Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. Hi Kate. I really missed you! Glad you and yours are home safe and sound after your adventure. Its wonderful to travel but there is no place like home. And yours is such a beauty too.!! Love Julie xx

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  6. Welcome home... It has been a delight following you on your trip through Instagram. Jet lag is always a bit of a monster to tackle. I am sure you all will feel better soon but beware, it might take a week or more to get back in your old boots. Happy weekend.
    Annette
    My Rose Valley

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  7. There really is no place like home. Welcome back. Hope your week ahead is a restful one.

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  8. Welcome home, I've so enjoyed watching your journey on instagram. What an amazing time for the five of you. And now, back to your roots. ;)sarah

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  9. "Vegie gardening is ace!"
    yeah it is

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  10. I remember jet lag completely kicking my butt when I came back from living in London a few years ago - I felt nauseous most of the time. It took quite a while for me to feel remotely normal again. I've loved checking out your adventures here and on Instagram - it looks like you had an amazing trip! :)

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  11. welcome home, it's great to have you back, especially for non-instagrammers like me.
    I know that lost feeling oh so well and I've never even been overseas.
    Do you have family over there?

    cheers Kate

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  12. welcome home, it's great to have you back, especially for non-instagrammers like me.
    I know that lost feeling oh so well and I've never even been overseas.
    Do you have family over there?

    cheers Kate

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  13. Welcome back Kate, I loved reading about your adventures. No matter how upside down I feel the vegetable garden always brings life back to some sort of balance.

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  14. Welcome home, I've loved following your journey on IG. We are travelling at the moment too and i'm loving using IG. I'm sure after spending 3 weeks in this concrete and glass jungle I'll be grateful to return home to my garden too. Have a good week.

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  15. That long distance jet lag is horrible.
    Welcome home to you guys, after such a fabulous trip!
    XXXXJ

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  16. oh lovely words Kate. Welcome home!

    xx

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  17. Sounds like classic jet-lag, glad you had a good time. I enjoyed seeing some familiar places while you blogged from Israel.

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  18. I love that part of coming home is hands in the soil literally 'grounding' yourselves after your time away. My post today (on making a Spiral Herb Garden) includes a link to your blog and thanks for your regular posts on your love and use of herbs and veggies. Thanks for these posts and pics - they give me the nudge to keep pushing on with my little garden. See post here http://blogofmichele.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/making-spiral-herb-garden.html
    PS Melatonin is meant to be good for jetlag (but maybe a little late for you to benefit from this time around?). Hope you find your feet and settle back into Home. Your photos and stories of your time away are amazing. Look fwd to seeing more of these. What a great adventure for your girls too.

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