Home from home: the lit­tle things count

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Judy and I at­tended our nephew’s wed­ding – the last of four in his fam­ily.

The wed­ding was fan­tas­tic; very happy, won­der­ful speeches and mem­o­rable.

But it is not the wed­ding that I am writ­ing about.

We were a lit­tle ret­i­cent to leave home over this busy time in the gar­den and es­pe­cially af­ter all the rain we have en­joyed dur­ing Septem­ber.

How­ever, it didn’t take long af­ter we had ar­rived to “for­get” our re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and be ab­sorbed into an­other fam­ily and some­one else’s home.

Rather than fret­ting over what we weren’t do­ing at home, we got in­spired by lots of new ideas for our home and gar­den.

It is sur­pris­ing how parochial we be­come. Trav­el­ling al­lows us to see new colours, ap­pre­ci­ate dif­fer­ent shapes and ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent flavours.

We have ex­pe­ri­enced all of these here . . . in spades!

In ad­di­tion to all the new phys­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ences we en­joyed, the most im­por­tant was ar­riv­ing in an en­vi­ron­ment where every­one was so gen­er­ous with their time and their en­thu­si­asm to spoil us . . . and I love be­ing spoilt. Big, happy, fam­ily meals, lots of laugh­ter and lots to do.

We have felt loved, not least by the chil­dren who are so en­er­getic and in­quis­i­tive and bound­ing with en­ergy. An ab­so­lute joy for a “grand un­cle”.

So what I will take home with me is the im­por­tance of mak­ing one’s guests feel spe­cial. I will also try and in­tro­duce new ideas of how to make our guests re­ally en­joy our home and the area we live in.

More of­ten than not, it is just the lit­tle things that make all the dif­fer­ence.

Please tell me what you bring back from your trav­els and how it will change the way you en­joy your home.

I look for­ward to hear­ing from you on or 082-653-5643.

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