What is the first thing you do when you come home after being away for a bit? Apart from putting the kettle on..
I love to take a look round the garden to see what has happened while I've been away and to pick a bunch of flowers for the house. The cosmos are about eight feet tall for some reason this year and the helianthus, Silver Queen I think, are fresh and light though most other things are going over. I thought this was a surprisingly summery looking bunch for late September and although I say I don't like pink and yellow together (a Christopher Lloyd favourite) I do like this. Flowers and candles bring life back into the rooms.
In winter I try to buy flowers on my way home and I light the lamps and the woodburner as soon as I get in the door. (Unpacking can wait....)
I wonder if you will be as charmed as I was by this poetic post from Anita at Castles Crowns and cottages. (Especially for Free As A Bird Julia!)