A Trip back to my Homeland

Daffodils in the mist.
Greece
April 3, 2016 7:38am CST
Two weeks ago I went home to the UK again, the first visit in over three years. I wanted to share birthdays with my twin brother, to visit my family and to catch up with some close friends. This required quite long periods of driving so I was able to enjoy England and Wales in the Spring. I was greeted thoughout the journey by daffodils growing in abundance often in the company of primroses. It reminded me of the pleasure expressed by William Wordsworth as he thinks back to the Springtime flowers 'and then my heart with pleasure fills, and dances with the daffodils. I wanted to share them with you. The daffodils in the photo are growing in Wales, it was a misty morning but the flowers brought sunshine into the day.
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@marlina (62258)
• Canada
3 Apr 16
Thank you so much for this lovely tour of Wales looking at the daffodils. Also I love that quote from William Wordsworth "and then my heart with pleasure fills, and dances with the daffodils" We still have to wait a bit for our hearts to fill with joy, but they will come on their own time, like usual.
• Greece
3 Apr 16
It is something to look forward to. I hope your daffodils will also bloom in abundance.
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@marlina (62258)
• Canada
30 Apr 16
@41CombedaleRoad Our daffodils finally bloomed but not in abundance this year.
@Shiva49 (9644)
• Singapore
3 Apr 16
Homecoming is always a pleasure and to catch up with those we grew up with. I have been doing it for thirty five years at least once a year - siva
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@marlina (62258)
• Canada
3 Apr 16
Homecoming is indeed a great joy. Unfortunately I haven't been able to do it for a few years.
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• Greece
5 Apr 16
What are y our plans this year, it would be interesting to hear what you do in Singapore. I lived there myself when I was a very young woman and remember an island that was still very simple and not a skyscraper in sight.
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@Shiva49 (9644)
• Singapore
5 Apr 16
@41CombedaleRoad Nice to hear that. That should have been long ago as skyscrapers have been around for many decades. I am a professional accountant, now almost retired. I was also in Indonesia for five years and enjoyed wherever I lived and the culture too was quite inviting. I will be here for the time being and accept whatever life has in store for me - siva
@allknowing (55773)
• India
3 Apr 16
I thought Daffodils were cultured but here I see them growing wild. Beautiful flowers.
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• Greece
5 Apr 16
There are lots of varieties so many are cultivated ones which may be larger and more varied in shades of yellow. The wild ones are a strong yellow.
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@allknowing (55773)
• India
5 Apr 16
@41CombedaleRoad i was introduced to Daffodils through a poem by William Wordsworth when I was in school
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@dodo19 (28111)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
3 Apr 16
It must have been really nice for you to be able to see family again. I'm glad that you enjoyed it.
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• Greece
5 Apr 16
They all live busy lives now and are happy with grown children of their own. Although I only had two children the extended family is now quite big.
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@dodo19 (28111)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
5 Apr 16
@41CombedaleRoad it must get tricky, trying to get together.
@silvermist (15820)
• India
3 Apr 16
@41CombedaleRoad How beautiful!.We had to study that poem in school.Are the birthday celebrations over?
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• Greece
5 Apr 16
They are over, they began before I went away and continued on and off for two more weeks. It was a special one.
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@silvermist (15820)
• India
7 Apr 16
@41CombedaleRoad Did you and your brother exchange any presents on your birthday?
@JohnRoberts (41199)
• Los Angeles, California
3 Apr 16
Everything is always lush and green in the UK with the rain.
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• Greece
5 Apr 16
Sometimes it is a bit too lush and green - maybe a little less rain would be welcome.
@Shavkat (46949)
• Philippines
3 Apr 16
I think the long journey is worth it. Happy birthday to you!
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• Greece
5 Apr 16
It was well worth it to connect once more with the people that are closest to my heart.
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@scheng1 (24947)
• Singapore
3 Apr 16
I bet that stretch of road does not have many Chinese families. There is a saying that Chinese eat whatever have legs, except the table. This is a way to say that Chinese are very creative when it comes to food. I bet the Chinese families will find a way to cook the daffodils while avoiding the poisonous parts.
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• Greece
5 Apr 16
That stretch of road did not have anyone living there - it was far out in the country.
• United States
3 Apr 16
When travelling in Europe, I noticed a family planting flowers at the side of the road. No one does that sort of thing in the U.S. If we did, we might have lovely flowers to enjoy like these.
• Greece
3 Apr 16
I wondered at the number of people who must have planted most of those daffodils. Some were in straight lines - so it wasn't an act of Nature! Such acts of love have resulted in great pleasure for all who drive past or walk by.
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• United States
4 Apr 16
@41CombedaleRoad If we had rain here, I would do this. Now that I am retired, I have the time.
• Greece
5 Apr 16
@ElizabethWallace There is not much rain here in Greece but I have determined to buy some daffodil bulbs in the spring and plant some in a shady area where I can easily water them. Bringing a little English Springtime into Greece...
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@jaboUK (50691)
• United Kingdom
3 Apr 16
I hope you enjoyed your visit. I came back to England on Tuesday and seem to have brought the sunshine with me. The blossoms and flowers here are lovely, just like your photo.
• Greece
5 Apr 16
I came back with some good memories, but I did not take the sunshine with me to England so experienced some wet and cold days as well as a couple of sunny ones. I didn't mind as I was not going there for the weather. Like you, I enjoy a great deal of sunny weather in warmer climes.
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@LadyDuck (121999)
• Switzerland
3 Apr 16
Daffodils are beautiful flowers, among the first to bloom in Spring. We finally have many flowers blooming right now, it's warmer than usual this year.
• Greece
5 Apr 16
When I left Greece to go on holiday the land all around us here was also full of spring flowers, it was covered with anemonies in all their variety of shades. Next year I shall make sure there is a patch of daffodils too.
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• United States
3 Apr 16
The daffodils are so pretty growing along the roadside. It was nice that you were able to visit and share your birthday with your twin.
• Greece
5 Apr 16
Yes it was good to share a birthday with may brother, the first time we have done this in 17 years!
@GardenGerty (91049)
• Marion, Kansas
3 Apr 16
You have framed this discussion really well. When I opened it and saw the pictures I immediate thought of this poem as well. Have a wonderful time visiting and if you have returned to Greece, enjoy and treasure the memories.
• Greece
5 Apr 16
I shall have to frame the photo of the daffodils, that's a must now I am back here. A reminder of a great holiday and some of the natural beauty of England and Wales.
• Eugene, Oregon
10 Apr 16
That is a lovely photo taken on a grayish day.
@Inlemay (17336)
• South Africa
8 Apr 16
seeing those daffodils growing wild is just beautiful
• United States
7 Apr 16
so glad that'cha got to go back home, hon. 'n what a time'f year to do such! jest when schtuff's startin' to come 'live. lovely daffodils. hope yer able to get rested from yer journey. big hugs!
@JudyEv (101028)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Apr 16
How nice that you were able to go back for a visit. We went to Wordsworth's childhood home in England somewhere. I have it all written up but can't remember the name of the town at the moment. Christian Fletcher came from the same town.