Home is definitely where the heart is. And my heart’s been in this place a long time now. But am I truly local?
I’ve lived in my little patch on the edge of the Yarra Valley for more than twenty years. When we were looking for our house (with the intention of starting a family) we had two main criteria: my husband wanted a garage and I wanted a big backyard. We found both and a lot more … a whole new community.
I’ve blogged a lot about my artistic area, so many of you will already have a picture of where I live. For me local is all about community and a sense of belonging and I know that today, many years after we moved here, I feel like I belong.
Like my zumba classes, which I’ve missed for the last couple of months. I can’t wait to return this week and shake off the stresses of my life lately.
It’s walking down the main street, into small shops where I’m greeted warmly and often by name. It’s the smell of freshly baked bread in our bakery, the feel good quotes outside my favorite gift shop and the town’s grand wattle tree all dressed up (behind the sign below)
It’s the tracks that I walk every day with Harry.
Across the ovals in town, through the native bushland and into the wetlands.
It’s the friendly vibe from the local cafes within walking distance from home. Here we are three weeks ago celebrating my birthday at Wildwood Tavern.
Not just shopping local but living local and playing local.
It’s about supporting local wine makers in nearby cellars.
On Sunday we ventured out to our local Open Cellars event and met a number of them including Dorothy and Teunis from Panton Hill Winery. Visiting their vineyard is like visiting Tuscany minus the airfare … it’s just five minutes drive from home.
And then this morning I woke to a hot air balloon floating serenely over our place as another new day beckoned in my small part of the world.
Local is where I live, but it’s more than that, it’s a warm comfortable feeling when I’m with those I love. That’s when I know I’m truly home. And when I look out at this view.
May we all enjoy peace in our homes, love the ones we’re with and nourish what we have. Here’s to feeling contentment and a sense of belonging where ever we are.
Light and love to you all as we continue the journey.
In response to The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Local