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I was recently contacted by the Scottish Refugee Council asking if I would like to participate in and raise awareness of Refugee Week 2009.  The campaign aims to raise awareness of refugees’ contributions to society through a wide range of cultural and educational programmes nationwide.  A worthy endeavour, thought I, and accepted the invitation without hesitation.

I’m particularly taken by the Simple Acts campaign encouraging people to do one little thing to understand the experience of being an exile a little better.  This could be to read a book by a refugee, cook a dish from a country or even to simply define what “refugee” means to you.  Anything which raises your own awareness and understand of the experiences of refugees.

So though June 15th – June 21st is the official Refugee Week of 2009, I am designating the next week as my own.  This shall be my Simple Act.

Shall begin today with a meme.  The rules are quite simple:

  • Think about what home means to you.
  • Titled “What Does Home Mean to You?”, post three photos which represent “home” to you and write a little about each one. 
  • Include a link to the Refugee Week website: http://www.refugeeweek.org.uk
  • Tag five others to do the same.
  • That’s it. 

Here’s my one to start.  Haven’t done one of these in a long time!

What does home mean to you?

Marco

No surprises here!  It’s only been a year since I got my pup but I feel like he’s been with me forever.  One of the best parts of my day is coming home to him.  Before I’ve even stepped out of the car, he’s staring down at me from the bedroom windowsill and wagging his tail so hard his entire body moves from side to side.  If I had a tail, it’d be wagging at that point too.

My Storecupboard

There had to be something food related in this.  Cooking is what I do to relax and I know I’m at home when I have all of my favourite herbs and spices and condiments and tins at hand ready.  It may look like chaos to most folk but I know where everything is.  :)

Scotland

I’ve lived in three other countries and enjoyed the experiences very much.  In fact, I adored Finland so much I almost made it my permanent home.  In the end though, I felt the need to come back to Scotland and be near my family.  But what surprised me slightly when I returned was realising how much I’d missed the country itself.  From the food to the people to the landscape, being away from Scotland for so long really helped me realise how much I love it. 

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I tag:

Lucy of Nourish Me

Jacqueline of Tinned Tomatoes

Becky of Girl Interupted Eating

Helen of Food Stories

Johanna of Gourmet Green Giraffe

17 thoughts on “Home

  1. Simple Acts – great idea and what a great way to celebrate/embrace/acknowledge what is so impossible for most of us to imagine.

    Wouldn’t it be grand to have a tail? I love that full-body wag. Wonderful thing to come home to.

    Chuffed to have been asked – you always pick great meme’s to pass along – and shall def. do. Will also think about the idea of refuge…lovely pics. (As always.)

  2. Hi Wendy,

    Thanks so much for a lovely blog sharing your understanding of home.

    Thanks also for highlighting Refugee Week and the Simple Acts campaign – every bit helps us reach our goal of 1000 Simple Acts completed by Refugee Week.

    Have a lovely day :O)

    Gerdy

    Simple Acts team

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  5. Lorna – Done.

    Roo – Look forward to it!

    Johanna – Great! Always enjoy your memes.

    Christina – :)

    Mallika – That seems like a lifetime ago but it was only last year. At this time, actually.

    Lucy – Not very good at hiding my emotions now. Think a tail might get me into trouble…

    Gerdy – You’re very welcome. Glad to be a part of it.

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  7. I love your post! I just happened upon your blog as I am starting my own. I spent yesterday celebrating refugees in Tennessee, USA, who come from Burundi, Iraq, and Myanmar. It was a tiring day, but spirits were high. Thanks for posting such a valuable challenge to your readers!

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