Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I've come back, but I didn't properly say hello. Hello!

Hello! I'm back from a three week stint in the US where I got to spend days upon end with my family and at my home. It was truly spectacular. Normally I'd break this into several posts, but the truth is I'm feeling homesick (I never feel more homesick than the three months around a trip home. About a month or two before I start feeling such an itch to be there, and then I'm homesick and sad about leaving for most of the trip while I'm there, and then I get home and there is an ache and a hole that I think will never be full, until it is) that if I drew this out I'd be tremendously sad.

One of my favourite parts of being home is spending time with my parents' four legged friends. Being home in NH is always the epitome of the dog days of summer, there is nothing to do but work in the garden, take gentle excursions, and sun bathe in the grass. It's also my favourite part, and if I had my choice, the only part of going home that I'd partake in.


One of the highlights of the trip was the few days (too few) that I got to spend with my best friend, Anne. She and I used to canoe together in high school. We'd paddle the circumference of the lake (whichever one we were on) judging the houses around the edges, talking about crushes, and talking about our favourite books. We became friends in a canoe, as you do. So when she and her boyfriend came up to visit, I knew that going canoeing was a high priority item. We borrowed my sister-in-law's canoe which Inspector Climate and Anne's boyfriend paddled and she and I took my parents canoe out for a spin.

Thing's didn't go exactly to plan, the boys' canoe had a bit of a hole in it and was taking on water and then flipped rather suddenly in the middle of the lake. Like good outdoorsy girls, we went in to rescue our men and their canoe (to be specific, as we were rescuing a motor boat came by to pick up the boys and we paddled back with their hole-y canoe).


We checked out The Flume in Franconia Notch (seriously, you should check it out if you're in the neighbourhood).

And we spent time cuddling with the fur babies.


The cuteness, it breaks me.

We helped my mom in the garden. You  might remember the arch as the chuppah from our wedding which my parents moved into the side-gate.


And we took naps.


The next leg of our trip was spent in Cape Cod where we went to see a Cape Cod league baseball game.


I practiced my hula-hooping skills (I couldn't do it for the first few tries, then I got it back, and then I totally lost it again...le sigh). Excuse my lack of pants.


Inspector Climate and I rode our bikes around Nantucket for a day.


When we reached the Atlantic side of the island we sat down to enjoy our lunch and the lady next to us on the beach said "look a seal" and so we hurried to take out our camera and get a picture. Yeah, it's a bird. A rare sighting of a sea gull at the beach.


And then we took the ferry back to the main land.


That my friends was our trip back to the US.

30 comments:

  1. Naps and hula-hoops?! That alone I think would make for the perfect holiday! These are such lovely pictures Deidre :)

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  2. welcome back! naps, bike rides, hulahoops, time with the family -- sounds like an awesome vacation to me!

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  3. The cuteness, it breaks me too!

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  4. The cuteness nearly killed me, but I'm very glad it didn't because HAHAHAHAHAHAHA SEAGULL SEAL.

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  5. I'm frantically awaiting the arrival of my siblings (their plane landed 5 hours ago so I have no idea why they haven't turned up yet but I'm growing more anxious by the second) from the US. I love visits to my "home" there and also feel an ache when I leave. There's just something about that place!

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  6. i live in nh. i loved reading this post about your time in new england, it sounds like you all had a wonderful trip!

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  7. Hubby's family is from NH and we spend a week up there every year. Have visited the Flume many times. We take a family picture in the same place at the top of Cannon Mtn. every year. Glad you had a great trip!

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  8. That sounds AMAZING. I miss New England so much. What a perfect vacay, really.

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  9. What a great trip! I love the picture you took of the flue, so pretty. And your chuppah... so rustic and gorgeous! I'm glad your parents kept it and repurposed it.

    So sorry that you're feeling homesick. I hope it passes quickly!

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  10. oh wow, looks like you guys had a great trip back home. So glad you got to see your family!

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  11. Sounds like an amazing trip. I love to hula hoop, I am not good at it, but oh what fin...

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  12. Beautiful pictures, looks like you had fun.

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  13. Yup, sounds amazing, and I LOVE picture posts. And those pets? I can totally understand why they'd make you homesick ;)

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  14. Your trip looks like a wonderful time was had by all. I too got to go to the USA, in June, it was lovely. Glad you're back to blogging! I hope to start up again in a few weeks.

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  15. Your nap with the cat is delightful - welcome back and I'm glad you had a great time

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  16. It looks like a restful trip. Don't you love those?

    www.GirlwithaNewLife2.com

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  17. Wow, what a lovely vacation. So nice that your family kept the arch. Flume Gorge looks breathtaking!

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  18. looks like the perfect way to spend time back at home!

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  19. Look like you had fun! Those dogs are so cute!

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  20. Looks like you had a wonderful trip here. I love the pictures of the furry friends. And also the lighthouse! BTW I have never been able to find a follow button on your blog and I would like to become a regular follower :)

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    1. Hi - thank you! On the side bar on the right under "join my quest" there is a place to follow by GFC or blog lovin. And on the top of the side bar there is a place to follow by RSS feed.

      How do you follow blogs?

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    2. I finally figured it out and I am now following via GFC :)

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  21. Oh, it looks fabulous. And that first photo . . . slays me! :)

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  22. Fantastic photos...makes me yearn for the summer on this side of the world. Glad you had a great time :)

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  23. Wow, your trip sounds so amazing. I am so glad you were able to go home and visit your family and friends. Oh and your fur babies. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the picture of you napping with your kitty. How adorable!! I hope that you get to go back and visit again soon!

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  24. It looks like you had so much fun!

    I know how it is to be homesick! Just don't let it consume you!

    XO Lourdes

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  25. Sounds very cool! I love home time! Happy 28th!

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  26. It looks like you had a great time being back in the states!

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