We slipped under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at just past 5:30am Tuesday morning.
Bowed to the grand Lady of Liberty just before 6am - She is such a fine and wonderful sight!
And then on past the lights of lower Manhattan to dock at Pier 88.
Some eight hours later we greeted yet another fine and wonderful sight - Toronto - undiminished in my heart by clouds and mist.
We enjoyed our time away (more about that another time, when the laundry has been dispatched and 5600 photos uploaded), but it is always good to see the lights of home, to come back to familiar places, faces and routines. No haute cuisine for supper tonight, but the comfort of a home-cooked meal has its own rich flavour.
While we were away, Autumn breezed in, her resplendent beauty filling the countryside with vibrant colour. Best of all she seems to have waited for our return before dropping all her fine artwork to the ground.
Even in today's rain, her palette along the street where I live, is on full display.
And around the house, there are still begonia blooms. Nothing prize-winning here, but worthy of special mention because it is October 20, not August 20.
These gourds though do proclaim October fullness.
As do the sumac leaves.
It's time for gathering in all the joys and blessings of life here and now: family, friends and a good homeland.
©2016 April Hoeller