Wednesday 17 April 2013


Hello there
Well I'm home, lying in my bed in Devon. I got back on Monday evening after a grueling 32 hour journey which knocked me out all day yesterday with a migraine. I need to get back to work today. I will have plenty to think about in my little workshop, deep in the English countryside, half a world away from my adventures in Japan.

It's early in the morning now and the song thrush is singing outside my window, the beautiful song it sings every morning here - there is no sweeter music. I loved every minute of being away, incredible adventures, amazing sights and wonderful people. I love home too. I wandered out to the workshop last night when I finally arose from my sickbed and it was a joy to smell the cool, damp air of the Devon countryside. It's so easy to allow the beauty of everyday life to go unnoticed and going away exposes my senses, not just to the wider world, but also to my own environment when I return. I love it here so much.

I was off line for a while last week and then so busy living life that I didn't have a chance to blog about it, but I have many pictures that I took and I'll share some of them with you in the next few days. It has been a mind blowing experience and  I have memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
Thank you so much to all the people who looked after me so well while I was away, I made some really good friends. It was brilliant spending time with you all.


Emma said...

Welcome back Doug

ang design said...

lovely pic!'s good to get away and see the world and its great to be back home :))

Anonymous said...

Glad you had such a good time, glad that your home safe and well.Some wonderful photos,where next ?


jim behan said...

Níl aon tinteáin mar do thinteáin féin.
There is no hearth like your own hearth.

cookingwithgas said...

Aw, you were having a grand time. why think about us. Just living the life....!
welcome back!

Trish said...

Welcome back...looking forward to the photos you will share...:)

Susan Sharpe said...

Welcome home, loved all the photographs, so glad you had a great time.

Unknown said...

You made it!! Congratulations on a job well done!

Thomas L said...

welcome back doug. really enjoyed your posts from japan, it was like been there myself.

ps. just to let you know we keep tea bags in your lidded pot.

all the best T.

gallagherpots said...

What an amazing trip - hope you're feeling better. A 32 hour journey is something I cannot even imagine. No wonder you had a migraine. I can, however, almost smell the Devon air and hear the sheep across the fields as you describe it. We can wander the world, but there's no place like home.