|Lasagne cooked from scratch|
with a fresh garden salad....oh and
a ice cold glass of Moscato/Chardonnay.
Of all my core values, the value of HOME would have to be the strongest. I love being at home, I love returning home, I love not having to leave home and I love coming home at the end of a day and hearing the tall front gate latch click decisively behind me.
Even as a child I loved home, it was my all time favourite place to be. Now as an adult, home represents the antithesis of my time outside of home. In a fast paced and highly people-focused career complete with all the inherent challenges of co-leading 100's of staff, home shines as a beacon of stillness and surety at the end of long days of frenetic and emotionally demanding activity. Home is that place which my heart belongs to.
|Cutting up soap into bars|
Home also is a place of productivity - meals are cooked from scratch, gardens are grown, budgets are contrived, DIY is alive and well, cleaners and soap are made, stockpiling occurs and the dollar is stretched till it screams.
Home is a place of peace - not always, if ever, physically peaceful (Heck - there is just too much going on with Ma, Pa and five grown daughters for it ever to be truly quiet and serene!). The peace comes from it being a place of comfort, welcoming familiarity, safety, inclusiveness, knowing where you fit in, being loved, hugs, smiles, inside jokes and loads of good food.
|A watering can full of liquid fertiliser for the potted veggies|
Home is a place of welcoming - where folks can come and be fed, listened to, appreciated - a place to crash, a place to feel included, a place to discuss and chat, a place to bed-down for the night (there is always a mattress on the floor housing an extra body!) and a place of good nourishing, tasty food and a decent drop of wine.....and a good cup-of-tea.
Home is where you hang your hat. Home is where the heart is. Home does not have to be expensive, classy or even tidy. Homes are made of personal emotional investment not built of bricks and mortar. Home just has to be a place that we yearn to return to at the end of a day.
If we have managed to create a place where we and others truly want to be - then that's home.
|Meals cooked in bulk ahead of time|
bound for the freezer.
Home - a place to produce, a place to welcome others, a place to be ourselves, a place to be content and a place to create a palpable sense of 'family'.
Take care folks and stay nice.
|Who can deny the delights of freshly laid eggs?!|