I have successfully crossed the great Atlantic again. Settling in to a Michigan autumn. Learning to be an American again (though does one ever really forget?). Grey is gray, humour is humor and people give you strange looks when you bellow ‘hiya!!’ on entering a shop. I’ve been watching a lot of sunsets, and making a variety of to-do lists that seem never to be done. I’m excited about apple cider, and pumpkins and American things that I didn’t realize I had missed — like pretzels and corn tortillas and salsa. Β I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things again. I’ve so many pictures to share (the tiny door series from Falmouth for instance) Β and I’m thrilled to have the mind-space to cook. It’s good to be back.


  1. Welcome home! I don’t know you, Danielle, and I don’t even remember how I came across your blog, but I enjoy EVERY post. I lived in England for several years, and I now live in Vermont. I have felt connected to your posts because of this shared geography, as well as what seem to be similar outlooks and interests. Now you’re in Michigan, and the connection runs even deeper, for I grew up in Michigan! I’m very familiar with the odd feeling of culture shock in your own culture. I hope you can enjoy the strangeness of it and the learning that comes from it. Take good care. ~Skye

  2. I was just thinking, “My, it’s been some time now since I saw a Teacup post.” And now this. πŸ™‚ Welcome back!

  3. Oh it was nice to see a blog post pop up in my inbox this morning. Happy settling back into home. I can’t believe it was a year ago from when you first moved over to the UK. Coming home is always just as much an important part of the journey I have found. Looking forward to hearing all that you get up to!

  4. Hi Skye, Joe and Clara — well it feels good to be back, especially with such a warm reception! I thought perhaps in my long absence I would come back to a deafening silence. So glad to know that’s not the case πŸ™‚ Thanks for being patient and I’m looking forward to sharing my autumn with you. Skye — how wonderful to hear about our geographical connections, which are almost uncanny! Thanks for such lovely words. And Clara, wise words. I think you are so right about the coming home. And hi Joe!!

  5. Welcome home. I was born in Chicago and spent a lot of time in Michigan. I enjoy living in San Francisco, but autumn in the Midwest is something I really miss. Love your yellow leaf. Are you familiar with the children’s book, The Little Yellow Leaf? I bought it for my niece several years ago. It’s darling. Enjoy your apple cider and pretzels and all of those American things you cherish.

    • Thanks Denise — the world truly is small, as they say — and I am always pleased to find it so. I am not familiar with The Little Yellow Leaf so thank you for making me so πŸ™‚ I have a niece as well who might very much enjoy it… Sending lots of Midwestern autumn breezes your way!

  6. Have a lovely autumn settling in back home Danielle!

  7. marthasnail says:

    hi danielle, it’s going to be wonderful to see michigan through your eyes and to have you posting regularly again. can’t wait to catch up! xoxo

  8. Lovely to see you are enjoying your home coming. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see what adventures await you! xxx

  9. Hiya, kindred herbal spirit, glad to know you’re back in the States. I absolutely loved your letter. I will send you one shortly and fill you in. Are you planning any VT trips? I have never been to Michigan!

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