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the road traveled

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For 3½ weeks I haven’t driven, chopped herbs, sifted, stirred or baked.

For nearly a month now, not a load of laundry, a trip to the mailbox or a bill paid.

No garden tended, no floor swept, no counters wiped clean.

No phone ringing, door-knocking, no dogs wagging. (I did ache for the wagging!)

Familiar comforts, left behind. Rhythms and patterns, well-established,  set aside.

In exchange, there was to be newness in every step.  “Knowing” suspended. Curiosity indulged.

No apron. But a heavy camera around my neck. And from my shoulders, a weighty loaded pack.

Miles upon many miles of footfalls, blistered and tired (but ever-willing) feet.

Ears perked. Eyes wide.  Body stooping, reaching, climbing.

And a bursting happy heart!

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And now, it’s home again,  home again. Happy to be.

I’ve so much to share with you, but need a day or two first to gather it together.

There will be many pictures

and a few words to go along,

and always & ever (you know) Food!

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Hoping this finds you all well! I’ve missed you…

love,

Spree

49 Comments Post a comment
  1. Looking forward to seeing all the pictures and hearing about your adventures! And I’d love to do no laundry for 3 1/2 weeks! 🙂

    October 10, 2012
    • Thanks Karista!…but keep in mind that also meant wearing the same clothes again and again (and again!) : |

      October 10, 2012
  2. Did you take that photo? I love the cobble stone road, old buildings, with just a touch of color in the plants. Excellent!

    October 10, 2012
    • spree #

      Yes, the photos here are mine. Thanks for the comment! This trip was one visual feast after another and there’s lots to share…

      October 10, 2012
  3. Deb schneider #

    Could hardly wait for your first post! Thank you for the first glimpse into your time abroad – you always capture the moment :). I love that, eyes & ears open, for every blessing that came your way. I know what you share will keep the wonderful memories alive. Xo

    October 10, 2012
    • spree #

      Hi Deb! Yes…alert to the blessings! 🙂 Excited to share, and excited to see you again my friend! Have missed you! xo

      October 10, 2012
  4. Don #

    Looking very much forward to the upcoming shares! And welcome home!

    October 10, 2012
    • Thanks so much Don! 🙂

      October 10, 2012
  5. Claudia #

    What a perfect vacation. I can’t wait for pictures. I love you, my sister!

    October 10, 2012
    • Twas nearly perfect Claudia, even more than I’d hoped for! and I love you too dear sister!

      October 10, 2012
  6. Welcome home, Spree, I’ve missed you! Looking forward to hearing about your travels.

    October 10, 2012
    • spree #

      I’ve missed you too Mar! Thanks for the welcome!

      October 10, 2012
  7. pete clemente #

    My senses need fulfillment. Looking forward to photos and gustatory delights.

    October 10, 2012
    • spree #

      It is going to be SUCH my pleasure to hope to satisfy your senses! Stay tuned, Pete!

      October 10, 2012
  8. Home at last chick, you have been away for AGES! .. c

    October 10, 2012
    • ages upon ages! 🙂

      October 10, 2012
      • ceciliag #

        have a good sleep see you soon.. c

        October 10, 2012
  9. We’ve missed you too!
    Glad to have you back!

    October 10, 2012
    • Thanks Pablo! Now at last I can try to catch up on some of the great posts I’ve missed while away! (Yours included.) 🙂

      October 10, 2012
  10. carolyn #

    a surprise encounter with fresh green on a well-established path of stone-certainty!

    October 10, 2012
    • “stone certainty” – nice – you should be a writer! 🙂 (I know…you already are!)

      October 10, 2012
  11. Welcome Back – cannot wait to see and hear about your Adventures! Happy Hump Day:)

    October 10, 2012
    • I appreciate your welcome! Thank you!

      October 10, 2012
  12. Such a beautiful photo. We’ve all missed you so! Can’t wait to see what you have up the sleeves of your fresh from the closet shirt. (I bet there are a few pieces of clothing you could say good-bye to forever. 🙂 )

    October 10, 2012
    • Thanks Ashley! As to the clothing comment – here’s the weird(est) thing – those clothes became second-skins to me – can it be they’re actually hard to shed? 🙂 (But you,re right, I was happy to see my closet and realize I actually had criteria for choosing other than whatever-is-less-dirty.)

      October 10, 2012
  13. Kelly Loggan #

    Simply can’t wait Boo Boo 🙂 Glad you had an awesome trip! Bring on the pictures! I’m excited!

    October 10, 2012
    • Thank you so much for that Kelly! 🙂

      October 10, 2012
  14. Bless… what a gorgeous summary! Looking forward to your tales xx

    October 10, 2012
    • Lesley – world traveler – it will feel so good to share with you! xx

      October 10, 2012
  15. Patsy Ruth Bressler #

    Thanks for the wonderful pic. I couldn’t access the text.

    Love, mama

    Sent from my iPad

    October 10, 2012
    • My own dear Mama! I was so happy to see a comment from you! And then, oh no, what’s gone wrong…I’ll call you! 🙂 We’ll get this figured out! love you!

      October 10, 2012
  16. It’s so nice to have you back where you belong! I hope you enjoyed your time away, Spree, and cannot wait to see the photos and to read all about your adventures. 🙂

    October 10, 2012
    • Hah! back where I belong eh? And all that time I was believing I belonged in the rolling countrysides and cobbled streets of France! 🙂 Thank you John, we had such a good time away and I appreciate that you’ll let me share it with you!

      October 11, 2012
  17. Let me just join the chorus of those welcoming you home. I too anticipate seeing your pictures and hearing your stories.

    October 10, 2012
  18. Rah, rah, rah
    Sis boom bah.
    Spree is back, Spree is back,
    Rah, Rah Rah!

    October 10, 2012
    • i just KNEW you were a cheerleader Ronnie!

      October 11, 2012
  19. Oh, spree.. that photo evokes such wonderful imaginings for the future here! Welcome home *open arms* ! I can’t wait to see the photos you’ve taken for us.. and the food, I can’t wait to see your food again! I’m so glad you’ve had a safe and exciting journey. Right now you’ll be asleep.. sleep tight, spree!! xx

    October 10, 2012
    • Barb! ahhh! (of course you can’t know the “real time” of this reply, so I’ll just clue you in…there is a long sweet silence, no keys tapping, as I take this * open-arms-welcome-home * in.) so dear. I wish I’d gotten your “sleep tight” before falling asleep. My body is still a bit confused as to where we are, but she should catch on before too long. Happy to be connected with you again Smidge! xx

      October 11, 2012
  20. Looking forward to seeing the pictures. I did wonder where you’d got to. That street could be in our nearby village in the rain this morning.

    October 11, 2012
    • Roger, many times on this trip, with my camera pressed to my cheek, I wondered: wouldn’t Roger think this was a rather “ordinary” scene? I was repeatedly stunned by the well-worn and “ordinary” beauty of it all! How lucky for you that your eyes can feast on that at will!

      October 11, 2012
  21. Is good to have you back Spree! Looking forward to read all about it 🙂

    October 11, 2012
    • Thank you very much Natalia!

      October 11, 2012
  22. Welcome back – it´s good to travel but it´s also wonderful to be home again isn´t it?!

    October 11, 2012
    • Thanks Tanya. Who knows that better than You?! 🙂

      October 13, 2012
  23. Ha, I thought you were on your travels, that is what happens when you read posts back to front!
    So welcome home!! Europe on foot is th ebest way to go, despite tired feet, it really is my favourite way to see it all!

    October 16, 2012
    • And welcome home to you too! I agree about seeing on foot…you can’t see as “much” … But I never quite saw the point in that. Seeing more deeply feels better, to me anyway. (next time though, it’s bona fide hiking boots for these feet! Even if they don’t pair well with my skirt!)

      October 16, 2012
  24. Welcome back!
    Looking forward to the pictures, the words and the contagious smiles and joy that shine through your posts 🙂

    October 20, 2012
  25. Fabulous! Lucky you:)

    October 23, 2012

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