Well, our Hawaiian adventure has come to a close. We are officially now home, and I’m busy nursing jet lag, wading through 6 weeks of mail, and cuddling the cats. Ohhh my cats!!!!
I didn’t feel the ‘dread’ of coming home like I did last summer. I was ready! And boy, that crisp air and my own bed with its puffy feather pillows feels so good!
We did have a little bit of drama on our way home though. The last day of travel was a big one. With 4 airport visits and 3 jets, my camera got lost in the shuffle somewhere, and I’m sad to say, my best shots of our adventures are on that missing SD card. Pout.
Reports are filed. Even if it never shows up, I do have some shots on the phone. But if I can be honest? You could not capture what I saw on film. No way. Pictures seem to flatten a view, and I was never happy with any photos I took, especially of garden heavy Kauai. That is one BEAUTIFUL island, and you just have to be there.
But I will write a little about it soon, and share what I do have.
So, since I was busy filing lost camera reports all day long (exhausting work!), I went for my first bike ride since being back.
And found a sunset. So out came the phone, and… well, this post is the result.
Something does feel a little different since being home. My senses have been heightened where plants and flowers come into play. I won’t promise to turn into a gardener quite yet, but when outdoors, it’s the first thing I see now.
When I sat in my yard this afternoon, nursing a kona coffee, what I saw shocked and kinda depressed me.
The Potting Shed area is pretty, and it weathered our weeks away ok, but the rest… oy.
Which made me realize how little I have respected my outdoors right in my own back yard lately. When did this happen? And why?
Even something as simple as these wildflowers offer just the right amount of spark to the side of a road. Imagine what a little more care would do to my own yard.
“Me, are you actually listening to this?!”
“Yeah, kinda… but the mere thought of getting my garden back up to snuff is rather daunting!”
Going to Hawaii was easier. 🙂
Something else I did take home with me though was how impressed I was, watching groundskeepers work on condo gardens. It was constant. The biggest machines moved in. They’d hack down tree branches after storms, constantly blow the landscape free of leaves and flower petals, and trim constantly, because things grew so rapidly.
Nice gardens come with effort. End of story. So you gardeners out there, I commend you!
I hope I have some shots of the untamed Kauai I saw. Goodness… that place should be called Rambling Perfection. Imagine taking a fistful of all the tropical plants you could find, then plunking them down in one spot. On steroids. The result was twisted vines nearly covering entire trees, and everything touching each other. It was incredible.
This row of trees took me back there for a second. Out of control bliss.
I’ve never spent the time nor funds to go full tilt on the outside of my home. I was always holding off in case I wanted to move.
Well… that mindset just may have to change now… after one more kona…or 5!
How much time do you spend in your yard?
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