I’m responding to a Daily Prompt as part of Blogging101, but I also think it’s quite appropriate for me to post this today.

As most of you know, or can tell from the name of my blog, I do travel a lot and sometimes feel a little nomadic. When I arrived home from Sydney this evening, I couldn’t for the life of me remember where I’d parked my car. It was my 4th airport in 5 days, so I really think that I could be forgiven. I have a page on my blog called Notes To Self, which lists some of the things I have leant along the way with my travels, and they are meant to serve as reminders for travel. Let me see…. I forgot to take the headphone adapter for the plane and I forgot where I parked my car. I took a chance that it was on level 8, since I always try to park on level 8, and thank goodness I was right.

So, back to the prompt. A nomadic lifestyle. Do I need a home base? Absolutely I do. The travel is fine, it can even be interesting and fun, especially if I have friends in the city that I’m visiting. But, I always love to come home. I spent my Christmas holidays in “nesting mode” and that’s not unusual for me. I painted walls, framed and hung photographs, installed new lights, reorganised, tidied, cleaned.

I remember one of the Just Thursday Blog Hop topics was “what is your favourite time of the day”. I didn’t get a chance to comment on that one, but I did think about it a lot. I was thinking about light and energy levels, food and seeing family and friends. A few days later, I was walking through an airport thinking about it and I realised my favourite part of the day – I said to the Qantas Business Lounge ladies “my favourite part of the day is when I walk into the Qantas lounge”. They laughed and said that their favourite part was leaving the lounge! LOL. It’s funny what makes you happy, isn’t it? For me, arriving at the lounge means that work is over, home is not far away, there’s a bottle of wine in there waiting for me, I can relax. It means that I’m going home, nearly there! And for me, that’s the best feeling.  Actually, there are a lot of those little feelings. Another is when I get to the carpark and see my car, it’s another step closer to home. And then of course, the kicker – seeing Gidget and watching her being super-excited about having a cuddle and curling up on the couch.

I’ve added a video at the end of this post – a little treat so that you can see how my girl reacts when I ask her if she wants to go to Grandma’s house 🙂

Ultimately, I am someone who needs home.

Have home base, will travel….
And then will come back home 🙂

How about you? Do you need a home base, or would you be happy always travelling?

x desleyjane

PS – my header image is  not my house. but my friend’s house. I thought the rainbow was a nice photo for the title of this prompt.

Posted by:desleyjane

photographer, blogger, planner, scientist, dog lover, frequent flyer, daughter, sister, BFF, human

61 replies on “There’s No Place Like Home

  1. I very much relate to your experience as this was my life until 2012. I know what you mean. I needed a home base too.
    But even having a home base wasn’t enough anymore, as I wanted more time there and not only the weekend .
    I am going to watch the video when am home!
    Love the photo!
    Enjoy the weekend!

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      1. You are welcome. I must say that you’re doing better than me as you show much more balanced activities than what I was able to organize for myself.
        Keep strong there. You will be fine.
        ps. Am going to yoga class now. Xxx

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  2. Lovely photo, Desley Jane, as usual. 🙂

    While I love the idea of traveling all the time and have a serious case of wanderlust right now, I know I’m too much of a home body to be on the road all the time. In theory, it sounds lovely, but I know that I’d reach a point where I’d be too mentally exhausted to continue enjoying being on the go.

    Also, what an adorable pup you have!

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    1. Oh thank you, she is a sweetheart!
      Yes it sounds like a blast, but the travel becomes exhausting. There’s absolutely no novelty to flying anymore, to me it’s no different than catching a cab! But I love my job and this is a massive part of it. The day after I come home is the worst, so I usually just stay home and potter about here. That’s the plan for today! X

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      1. You’re welcome. 🙂 I would love to be able to travel for work one day…but I agree, there would get to be a point where all I’d want to do is be at home.
        Hope you have a nice day recuperating for your travels!


        1. Thanks Britta, I think I’m having another one of those days today.
          It can be good to travel for work if you can manage your time and other people’s expectations. After 10 years, I’m finally figuring it out 😜

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  3. I am travelling a lot myself, for work and also private, and I always love to come back home. During Christmas time, I have all people coming to my house. Then I stay at home for two weeks, read books and calm down, until New Year’s eve, when a new exciting year is about to start. By the way, your dog is so gorgeous!

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    1. Oh thank you, she is super-lovable 😍
      And yes she is quite smart. If I ask her if she wants to “gooooo tooooooooo work?” or “goooooo toooooooo bed?”, she doesn’t get excited, but as soon as I mention grandma, she goes crazy!!! xox


      1. Amazing! She knows what’s more important in life! A bit of an oracle.
        You should start asking her more questions! If it works, I’ll send some too! Lol.

        She simply is the loveliest dog ever.
        Much better than having cats! And I hope that Mara will not read this today. She is busy moving to a new house. 😉
        How’s the weather today? It started snowing here. Not fun.

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        1. Oh snow, I have do little experience with snow!!
          Very hot here. True January Brisbane weather – hot, steamy, raining but not cooling-off-rain. Ugh.
          Exciting and refreshing time for dearest Mara. Her cats are lovely but I love love love puppies!
          I’ll let you know about any ensuing question and answer sessions.


          1. You’re lucky. My definition of snow is very simple. It looks very good only on photography. For the rest, it’s inconvenient. We don’t really have constant snow and when it comes and is followed by rain and minus temps, then all gets slippery.
            I’d exchange it for Brisbane weather!
            It is really exciting for Mara. Big day today.
            Please, defend my life there. Mara will want to kill me!
            I’m for puppies too.

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              1. I know what you mean. I had that before living in Switzerland, where snow is on your face everyday during winter, and you start killing the romantic idea when having to clean your front door, car, etc.
                It is nice if you are on vacations up somewhere, either skiing or just enjoying the mountain views.

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                  1. Great question! We never know. We have coastal weather, i.e. very unstable.
                    It may happen in any winter month ir simply not.
                    It hadn’t snowed yet because temps have been higher than normal.
                    It’s beautiful when all canals are frozen.

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        2. Gidgey Oracle Update : she barks when the chicken is finished under the grill! It’s the popping sounds of the juices drying out and maybe the smell.
          Now to teach her about steak and the differemce between medium and well done!


          1. Lol. Love this. It’s fantastic.
            She’s genius. Are you sure you didn’t make her at the lab and she’s in fact a cyborg?
            I’m really curious about this advanced lesson. She will make it, am sure. She got the skills.

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              1. OMG. That’s wonderful to hear. I feel better now. I went once to the office to pick up something I had forgotten, and as it was winter time, I thought there wasn’t necessary to remove my long winter coat, so who cares! Only security would be there. It worked.

                But I think in your case you may have gone there for a longer time and in fact developed Gidget overnight. She’s a cute genius. A product of AI from a genius scientist.

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  4. How did I miss this post. To answer your quetion I am a home person, i love to be somewhere different for a while, i hate the actual travelling bit so ultimately i am a home bird i think. But oh boy that video, awe she is even cuter than I thought i want to just cuddle her up like a teddy bear x

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  5. Gidget is so adorable!
    I have a weird point of view on this one. My parents divorced many years ago and I have always stayed week on week off. I get to see them both equally and that’s great, but I don’t feel as though I really have a home. Yes I have two homes that I live in, but it’s always changing. I’m always living out of a suitcase and always on the go, I don’t have an area that is mine every day.


    1. Thank you, she is curled up with me in the air conditioning today x
      I think I understand where you’re coming from, you have two homes but not your own separate place? But you have two home bases with a parent at each one and some childhood bits and pieces?
      One thing I love doing is putting my stamp on a space. Over time, my style has developed into modern, clean and white with touches of pink (sometimes more than a few touches!) and I feel most comfortable when I’m in those spaces.
      I love that you have two homes and I do hope you have a comfy space that’s all yours.
      Also I have to confess that I really don’t enjoy living out of a suitcase. It’s too restricting. But it does make me keep the room tidy 😉


  6. I can imagine after traveling so many hours, it is great to put the key in your (gorgeously-colored) front door and see Gidget there to greet you!
    I really enjoyed watching the video! She looks so eager to go to Grandma’s!
    PS: Your accent is really cool! I always loved the Australian accent!
    Happy Sunday!

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      1. She is adorable:))
        Your accent is very cool, I assure you! Mine kind of sounds like Marisa Tomei in that movie “My Cousin Vinny”! (Sort of!)

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  7. What a beautiful and multifaceted post! You are right, one does need a home base, no matter what. I’m flattered that you thought of contributing with this post to the Just Thursday blog hop, you rock 😉

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