Our homes, our gardens and our home landscapes can change our habits, minds and feelings. They respond to our emotional needs, they are touching our souls, they communicate with us. Home is the place where we belong. Belonging is a deep reassuring emotion. Our homes, gardens and landscapes are a symbol for the process of growing, of leaving something incomplete, they help us to learn to let go, to rest, to accept, to find some peace finally. And thus growing a garden or a home is an ever evolving process, and at the same time with a grounding and peace bringing effect. We learn to live the process, instead of becoming blind while staring at the result. Understanding and creating a home is a lesson for life, where we can practise to give up perfectionism, to accept setbacks and where we can adapt humility, when things turned out beautifully in a way we haven’t ever expected or planned.

The NL3 writers and photographers were seeking out solace in the beauty of our homes, gardens & landscape, looking for the comfort and ease our homes are giving to us. At home we set the atmosphere for our lives, the rhythm of our days, we restore our human balance and emotions, far away from the hectic outside world. Our homes are our favourite places, full of items with a special meaning to us, secure places where we can relax and reenergize, a space where we never feel lost.

A home is like a vessel carrying memories. Especially old houses or those we have fond remembrances of, have voices, telling us intriguing stories about former dinners, owners, hours full of joy or tears or wonderful days still to come. A home can balance us with a deep sense of security, when we encounter it with a soft respect and understanding. Smell of wood, smoke of a fireplace, fading afternoon light, the evolving morning peace and quiet in the garden- we learn what the place is all about and why this now is our place and our home.

Home always is landscape as well, the one we derive from, the one we belong to or the one we found one day, instantly feeling at home….