I’ve always loved the lyrics to that John Denver song, and of course his beautiful voice. I often think of it when I’m returning home to Australia for a trip. There’s something about red clay soil, those country roads, and the Australian landscape that truly calls to me.
And of course throw in a visit to a Hunter Valley vineyard and I am good to go. : )
Last week I got home after two weeks of being disconnected from all things technological. No computer, no cell phone, no Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or blog posts. It was a couple of weeks out of my busy life to relax and visit with my mother and my siblings, and their kids, and even their kids. We are a huge family. It rained on our parade though. The Grant get-together was scheduled for outdoors at a local vineyard and we were all looking forward to that. For three days rain skirted us and we were all beginning to think we’d end up with maybe not exactly a sunny day but at least a dry one. Not so. It rained buckets but not one of us complained as the state had been so dry. That rain was as needed as our get-together. We took over the covered patio at Potters and a great time was had by all.
On Thanksgiving my mind goes immediately to family and I’m so thankful that I have a small family here in the States, and a huge family in the land downunder. I feel twice blessed. Celebrating with loved ones, or dining alone like my hero in The Blue Dolphin and chowing down on a turkey sandwich and a pickle, it doesn’t really matter. Just take a moment of reflection and give thanks for all that is wonderful in your life. Happy Thanksgiving!
Here is a smattering of the Aussie crowd.