Saturday, October 29, 2011


For many people, home is a place. For me, home is where my mother is. And secondly it is the place I grew up. I was home last week for my mother's 60th birthday. We had a wonderful eleven days and I was sad to leave. I just love spending time with her.

I thought I would share some pretty fall photos from around our home there, so you can see how pretty it is, how perfectly rural and idyllic, and how I can be so nostalgic for place...

This is the view out in front of my mother's house. I never tire of this view. The river is out in front of the cliffs:
This is the old railway, where trains passed when I was a kid, between the houses and the river. It is now a wonderful walking trail where I spent my 20's and 30's running (and now walking) when I go home:
I love this view of our dear neighbours' house (they have since passed away and the house sits mostly vacant, as in many rural towns with no economies...):Another view out in front of Mom's house. This field was a hay field up until a few years ago. Now it is going wild, untended. It floods frequently in spring. As a child, I loved watching the water come in and track the progress of the ice jams with my Dad:

Some pretty Eastern fall colours. I miss those reds and oranges as we seem to only have yellow leaves out west:
This is the little country church in the nearby town where my Mom grew up. This is a favorite place of mine. The graves in the foreground (next to the leafless snowball bush) are my maternal grandmother's parents' graves:
I like this abstract shot of a tree in my mother's yard, taken from my upstairs bedroom window:
This is my mother's charming little cottage house, built around 1940. It is very pretty and welcoming inside and sits on a marvellous private property. The giant pine trees in the background (lining the driveway) have been there since long before I was born (they have always been huge to me!). The leftmost one is being removed as it is starting to die and we don't want it to fall on the house!:

And the star of the week - my Mom (in a small photo to preserve her privacy!). We went out for lunch on our shopping/antiquing day in Fredericton at our favorite hotel:
What a great trip home it was. And most of all, because of her...

What is home for you?


  1. Beautiful photographs, my home is where my family are

  2. Such pretty pictures Terri and love that last photo of you and your sweet mom.

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  4. I love that photo of the trees outside your room. The leaves are like fluttering gold coins. Really pretty!

  5. Nice photos. I feel like I just took a trip. Home is where my bed is and I am that it is in Virginia again.

  6. What beautiful photos! Like paintings come to life. For me, of course Calgary is home, where I have made my life. But I also feel at home in Quebec where I spent the early years of my childhood and many holidays growing up. I miss those red maple leaves! P.S. Your mom looks so young!:)

  7. What beautiful photos. And even more, what a beautiful expression of what home is. I still feel like I'm "home" when I visit my parents even though they live in another town from the one I was raised in. Being in their presence evokes the security and love I felt as a child.

    Now that I have grown children of my own, another bit of "home" is when they are all gathered together under my roof. I love the rare times when all of us sleep in one house.

    Home is the place I live with my husband - we've moved a lot and the way to evoke home for me is to surround myself with the collected memories and objects of a lifetime, to develop the rhythms of life in a new place, and always, to come home to, or be at home with, my husband.

  8. Terri,
    These are exactly the kind of images that come to mind when I think of fall, so picturesque!

  9. What glorious country. I was just "home " to NJ. Oh how my town has changed, and not all for the better! I'll be writing about it!

  10. I love how you write. It almost makes me think it is home. Absolutely beautiful! So lovely a place.
    Did you know that Audrey Hepburn named her home in Switzerland La Paisible, which means peaceful place. YOur place with your mom definitely looks like a peaceful place. So glad you had that time. God bless, Lisa

  11. Oh good heavens! I had hoped that I'd been dreaming and hadn't actually said all that. Please forgive me. I love your sense of home! It truly is where the heart is.

  12. beautiful images, terri. so glad you could spend time with your mom on her birthday. recently, on trips back "home" to see my mom, I am reminded of the importance of home as well...donna

  13. These photos are amazing. Just gorgeous, and the last sentence has made me tear up! I miss my mother so much, my home is really in Texas, and always will be - because that's where she is - and she's made me who I am!

    Thanks for the reminder! :)

    Xoxoo, A

    Oh, P.S. - I just posted the first room of the tour of our house, I hope you'll stop by to check out the Sunroom and the decoration. I think you'll like it! :)

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