I’ve just got back to the UK after spending six weeks on a Spanish island, so in an effort not to feel too fed up about being back here I’ve been thinking about the things I’m grateful for….
I’ll be honest though, I love travelling and being abroad, so I wasn’t sure I would actually find 10 things for this post!
I didn’t want to include being back with my friends, family and fur person because I think those are just a given – and the most important things too – so anything else just seems materialistic or trivial really…. but there are some home comforts I’m of course always glad to get back to and a few other things too!
So here they are:
1. Being able to go outside without smothering my whole body in factor 50!
I’m really fair and burn in about 2 minutes without sun cream and for years I used to get annoyed having to slap sun lotion on every hour and a half… thankfully I’ve found one that lasts all day now, but I still hate being all sticky! (A small inconvenience of being in the sunshine though)
2. My bed!
I have a lovely, giant bed which is super comfortable and impossible to recreate the feeling of when travelling….you’ll basically find me here for the next week 😉
Being a creative type, I find my surroundings affect my overall mood and I like to have stimulating things to look at… so all over my house in the UK I have pieces of art and photographs that I love, so I do really enjoy being back where I have them around me.
4. Listening to bird song!
Although I had a beautiful garden when I was away, I only actually saw the odd sparrow and lots of pigeons and coming home to this nice weather, with the windows wide open I realised I had missed the sound of the little chirping birds! There’s nothing quite like an english dawn and dusk chorus.
5. Being able to get a comb through my hair haha!
Equally vain and if you don’t have very thick and wild long hair like me you probably won’t really get this – but as soon as you go anywhere near wind, sea or sun, keeping your hair healthy and under control becomes quite a mission!
I’m a brand ambassador for a hair vitamin called Cocoa Locks and it’s basically hot chocolate with vitamins added in (which you can’t taste) and that definitely helps my hair stay thick and healthy – but I still have to pretty much go straight to the hairdressers whenever I get back to England because my blonde always changes colour in the sun.
I’ve got really into having plants everywhere in recent years and a room just feels a bit soulless to me without at least one in it…. they are almost like people to me! (Yes I know I’m a bit weird, but I do feel a vibe from them)
I absolutely love the style of buildings from the Georgian era which obviously you don’t get in Spain where I’ve been. The buildings are one of the reasons why I’m so fond of Cheltenham and I just love having a coffee and a wander on a Spring day!
Just like art, I like having a few coffee table books to flick through and my favourite at the moment is a book by the photographer Samuel Elkins. He’s collaborated with a writer to make a book where his images are accompanied by poetry and its beautiful.
I have a basic filter machine where I’ve been, but it’s not quite the same as being able to make a salted caramel cappuccino – I’m sipping one now actually… heaven.
10. Being able to speak the language.
I always like to try to speak the language of where I am and I find it a bit embarrassing when people don’t even make an attempt to do so to be honest, but I really struggle with Spanish – I think it’s because I know French and some of the words are very similar because of latin, but others are completely different… and then you’ve got the male and female versions of everything… I’ve even had some lessons but I’m just useless at it and I find that frustrating!
Learning to speak better Spanish is definitely one of the things on my list to achieve at some point soon…
… because let’s face it, I’ll probably be wandering off again soon 😉
What do you love coming home to?