We’ve just recently got back from our Canada trip and it is so good to be home. I am so very thankful for all the time that we had to catch up with family and friends. I don’t think I will have the opportunity to go back to for that long of a visit again, so I really wanted to make the absolute most of it. We were away for almost five weeks; most of that time we were staying with my parents, but we also spent a week with Jason’s sister and her family as well as going down to Vancouver for a night. When we first arrived it was still quite wintry, the lake was still frozen over and there was a lot of snow on the ground, but we were there for long enough that it had all melted by the time we left (which made me very happy). I wasn’t quite ready for the shock of the cold weather at first; it hasn’t taken me long to get used to the milder English weather!
We have been back in England for a week now and I’m just starting to feel like I’m adjusting to normal life again. I couldn’t slowly ease back into routine and recover from the jet lag; we arrived home Monday afternoon, I went to choir practice Monday evening and was back at work early Tuesday morning. As much as it made for an exhausting week, it meant I had no trouble getting to sleep at night! The only real jet lag effect I have had is being tired all the time, which is really not nearly as bad as it could be.
Last week we had two glorious days of sunshine. It was the best coming home present ever! Skies were blue, air was warm… felt like summer. There is something so incredible about the new life everywhere after the cold grey winter; all the daffodils, baby lambs, trees budding and blossoming. It is just the contrast of winter that makes you appreciate everything about spring so much more. I am always amazed at the difference it makes to my state of mind. One evening we took the dogs out for a walk and within a few minutes I was so happy, positive and relaxed, despite the stress I had from work. I’m not sure whether it is the sunshine or the warmth or maybe something else, but it has been a while since I remember feeling that contented and energized at the same time. I suppose it was also the first time this year that I have really felt it is spring, that winter is well and truly gone. I know could go on about this for way too long… spring is definitely my favorite time of year!
I do want to post more about the trip, but I think it will be best to leave that to a separate post or two. I did manage to take a lot of photos as well, though they were all on my phone so not always the best quality! More to come 🙂