Country road…take me home…

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.

Country road.

Trees, just trees.




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.

It was chilly

Some of ‘da boys

What are the guys laughing about?

See you later, alligator.


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8 Responses to Country road…take me home…

  1. Thea says:

    Oh I love Australia! Love listening to the lovely accents. And yours does look like a friendly fun-loving crowd.

    Glad you had a good time — and welcome back!

  2. Nan says:

    So glad your trip was a joyous one! It looks lovely! Two weeks away from cyberspace probably did feel really good!
    Welcome back Mon Amie, and a very happy Thanksgiving to you!

    • robena grant says:

      Hey, Nan. Yes, I came back so rested and then my back went out, my car needed to be serviced, I got final copyedits, and I had jetlag. Had to go and have back to back massages. I’m good for the feast now. : )

  3. When I read that you owned a vineyard my first thought was – she can recommend good wine! Hehehe.
    Glad you got to have time with your family.

  4. robena grant says:

    Hi, Judy. Nope I don’t own a vineyard, I only imagine I do. Those Hunter Valley vineyards, they are all mine, mine, mine. However, I did grow up there, and I know somethings about wine. : )

  5. Julie says:

    Welcome back! So glad you had a good family visit. I would imagine this WOULD be a rather large group. Nice that you had a dry spot in the much-needed downpour.

    (Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures.)

  6. robena grant says:

    Thanks, Julie. I did. : 0 Hope you had a great turkey day!