The green, green grass of home

The Ordinary Lovely: The green, green grass of home

When we lived in Switzerland, I was often asked what I missed most about Wales. Family and friends aside (and cream eggs, golden syrup, and proper pub lunches), it was being away from the countryside that I struggled with most ... being away from the green. Every country has its forest areas, its woodland paths, and places where the wildlife outnumbers the people. But an abundance of green, the likes of which I grew up with and now, once again, have on my doorstep? Well, that's harder to find. 

Walking along crumbling footpaths with a canopy of trees overhead, having to duck to avoid overhanging branches, and then quickly jumping to cross fallen trees ... that's home to me. It's what makes me happy.

We're coming close to the end of our second year back in Wales, so our second round of changing seasons. It's meant that little traditions have started to develop. The repetition of outings, of moments, and of adventures. And it's truly wonderful. Walking the same path with my boys, both a couple of inches taller and with more than a handful of new words and questions falling from their lips, scouring the forest floor for the best treasure of the year ... conkers, remembering the same path trod twelve months ago and wondering what challenges and joys will befall us before we return to the horse chestnut tree next October.

It's nostalgic, it's heartwarming, it's living in the moment, it's looking forward to the future.

It's the green, green grass of home.

The Ordinary Lovely: The green, green grass of home
The The Ordinary Lovely: The green, green grass of home
The Ordinary Lovely: The green, green grass of home
The Ordinary Lovely: The green, green grass of home
The Ordinary Lovely: The green, green grass of home
The Ordinary Lovely: The green, green grass of home
The Ordinary Lovely: The green, green grass of home
The Ordinary Lovely: The green, green grass of home
The Ordinary Lovely: The green, green grass of home
The Ordinary Lovely: The green, green grass of home