I feel so lucky that my parents live in a beautiful area. They live close to the countryside and right next to a golf course, park and woodland. Having so much green space right on their doorstop is such a joy. It’s the perfect place to take the dog for a scenic walk, particularly as there are so many different paths to take him along.
Last Sunday, we headed to my parents’ house and brought the dog with us. It was perfect weather – not ridiculously hot, but warm with the sunshine making a regular appearance. What better day to head out for a slow walk?
We walked along stone-covered paths and stopped to say hello to the horse in the paddock.
We took our time, relishing the chance to not have to rush around. Slowing down and relaxing is something I promised myself I would do much more often. I think I’m getting much better at it.
Walking back along the neighbouring houses, we stopped to chat to my best friend’s Dad, out in his garden. It’s very handy that her parents have ended up living just a couple of houses away from mine.
The thing is, it’s not just how beautiful an area is, it can be so many other things that add up to how a place makes us feel. Walking along the nearby paths relaxes me. It’s peaceful to be surrounded by so much green space and nature. It’s the friendly faces that say hello and stop to chat. It’s the memories too. Laughing so hard when my cousin rode along the road on his skateboard and didn’t realise there were speed bumps until it was too late. The fun times spent looking after our family friends’ grandson in their back garden, playing games and sports. Walking past the church where we got married. So many amazing times all in the same neighbourhood.
I think it’s all of the above that makes this place feel so much like home to me. Someday, I hope to be able to call the area my home again too. I wrote in my January Luxe Letter about my hopes to move home early in 2017 being dashed. But, this area is still home in a way. My parents and family friends all living here make me feel so attached to it. I count my blessings that I was able to grow up in such a beautiful place. It really serves to remind me of how lucky I am.
Do you have other places that feel like home too? Any favourite spots for a peaceful afternoon?