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Morning on the Farm and Breakfast in the Garden

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully.
“It’s the same thing,” he said.
A.A. Milne

Here on the farm we usually get up at 4 a.m. Sometimes I’m up and at ’em right away but other times I linger awhile, sipping tea and reading as the sun rises and washes my bookcase in golden light.

My first job is to pull on jacket and boots and head out to the goat pen, but I usually get stopped in my tracks on the back porch by the sun rising beautifully over misty fields.

I lead the goats up to the front gate and turn them loose to graze their hearts out in the field.

I just love the light at this time of day. Even goats look like something out of a fairytale in ethereal morning light.

Once the goats are happily noshing, I let the geese out for a feed and a flutter.

Then, if it’s not too cold, I sit out in my kitchen garden with a fresh juice or smoothie. It’s mango season right now, so the markets are full of mangoes so ripe and fragrant they just beg to be turned into luscious smoothies. I’m happy to oblige, throwing in some plump, ripe strawberries while I’m at it.

I never thought I’d be happy to wake up at 4 a.m., but I love it now, and wouldn’t trade these mornings for anything.

What is your favorite time of day at your house?

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Ken Powell - Not being a morning person like you, Krista, I would probably vote for wine o’clock. Relaxing on the deck with a handful of nuts, a glass of wine and the late afternoon light on the newly mown lawn.

Wendy - So beautiful, Krista!! That smoothie…of course here it’s now winter, and the last thing on my mind is a cold smoothie. I eat soup, oatmeal, coffee, all the time now. My favorite time of day is also the early morning. I feel so rejuvenated and all is quiet in and around the home. Also, another great quote! Love that one from the Tao of Pooh.

Kristin - It looks so beautiful Krista…I wake up at 6am – about half an hour before the kids (not goats, lol!) and make a cup of tea to sip in bed while I think about the day. I love that quiet time x

TuulaR - Just gorgeous Krista, I love the photos from your farm… makes me feel like running away to the countryside πŸ™‚ bon weekend to you!

Liz Posmyk - I’m a morning person too, Krista… sunrise is such a beautiful event. Your farm life sounds idyllic! Thank you for sharing.

Andi Perullo de Ledesma - That 2nd photo completely took my breath away!

[email protected] - As you are describing the morning on the farm, I can feel like I am there and experiencing all that beauty, tranquility and peacefulness in the morning. I want to be on the farm, even though I realize it requires so much work! Well, my favorite time of the day here in the city is very late evening, when I am relaxed and feel like I am done with the responsibilities of the day!

Maureen | OrgasmicChef - I always end up working til 1 or 2am and I doubt 4am would make me happy to see anything, including a wonderful sunrise. Sometimes though, I do get to see the sunrise and it’s beautiful. I’m sure I’d be happier going to bed early and getting up early. πŸ™‚

Jamie - Have I already told you that you are living our dream life? This is what my husband would give anything for. What a storybook life… ok, I know it is hard and tiring in so many ways but look at the beauty and wonder that greets you every single day.

Joanne (eats well with others) - Mornings at the farm are just so beautiful! They would get me out of bed without any problem.

Jackie Smith - Morning is definitely my favorite time of the day! I love getting up before daybreak and watching ol’ sol peep over the horizon. . .you are right about the light – it is simply magical!

mlleparadis - had to laugh about your pooh breakfast intro! i’d have to agree that early a.m.’s are a lovely time of day….but then i’d have to go back to bed at about 8 a.m. or have my face in my plate by 5 p.m.!

Tracy Altieri - I impress myself by being up between 5:00 and 6:00 even though I’m retired, but 4:00!? Wow! What time do you head to bed in the evening? I do love the early morning hours.

Rae - Your photos and writing are so beautiful. They inspire me to enjoy small moments.

LindyLouMac - Goodness you get up so very early! The early light in your photos is certainly beautiful, but still doubt I would cope with a regular early rising like yours. πŸ™‚

Breanne @ This Vintage Moment - Oh.My.Goodness. Krista, those are breathtaking pictures!! And 4 am, wow, girl. =) I love early mornings as well but not that early right now. =)

Krista - Soup, oatmeal and coffee sound so comforting and wonderful, @disqus_KhB24eQY43:disqus πŸ™‚

Krista - That sounds absolutely exquisite, @ken_powell:disqus πŸ™‚ I would love every minute of that. πŸ™‚

Krista - Isn’t that moment of quiet SO important, @494006859c92b38028518780817296b1:disqus ? It never fails to get my day off to a good start. πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you so much, @TuulaR:disqus πŸ™‚ It is a lovely place to run away to, especially if you can avert your eyes from all the projects that need to be done. πŸ™‚

Krista - I’m so glad you like it, @AndiPerullo:disqus πŸ™‚

Krista - I’m glad you understand the love of early morning too, @lizposmyk:disqus πŸ™‚ Sometimes our farm life is idyllic, others, well, not so much. πŸ™‚ But I still love it. πŸ™‚

Krista - I’m so glad you felt transported, @juliajuliasalbumcom:disqus πŸ™‚ Your evenings in the city sound equally restful and peaceful. πŸ™‚

Krista - You made me burst out laughing, @OrgasmicChef:disqus πŸ™‚ If I were up that late I’d be cursing the sunrise, not welcoming it! πŸ™‚

Krista - Ohhh, I do so hope you get to build that dream life of yours one day, @71eb07213759ab4e5611e1dd9f1df8a7:disqus πŸ™‚ Even the hard work is worth it when it’s your very own dream you’re working towards. πŸ™‚

Krista - They make every day worth getting up for, @joanneeatswellwithothers:disqus πŸ™‚

Krista - It made me chuckle too, @9d73767d10227efff04c7307e331304c:disqus πŸ™‚ I definitely have to go to bed early or I’d NEVER make it getting up at 4. πŸ™‚

Krista - Hooray! Another morning person, @disqus_WseMqaTPwi:disqus πŸ™‚ I’m so glad the light delights you too. πŸ™‚

Krista - You should be impressed, @tracyaltieri:disqus ! πŸ™‚ I go to bed really early, between 8 and 9, or I’m sunk during the day. πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you so much, @646f90c10acac98f1769eec10536b975:disqus xo I’m so glad. πŸ™‚

Krista - Oh @breannemosher:disqus , if I had little girlies to chase after all day, there’s no way I could make it up at 4 a.m. either!! πŸ™‚

Krista - It definitely took some getting used to, @LindyLouMac:disqus ! I thought I’d never manage it, but now I don’t even need an alarm clock. πŸ™‚

Gitte Gentile - Morning, when all is quiet. I am a 4:00 am kinda girl as well.

Jeanne Horak - Oh boy.. 4 a.m.? Not for me. Once in a while it’s nice to get up early, but I am SO a night owl. I am probably happiest from 19h00 to 01h00!

Krista - Maybe it’s our Danish blood, @gittegentile:disqus ? πŸ™‚

Krista - Isn’t it fun how different we all are, @jeannehorak:disqus ? πŸ™‚ I think I’d perish if I had to stay up that late. πŸ™‚

Andrea and John - Thank you for this “day in the life”! I want to come hang out for a day – looks like heaven!

Krista - That would be brilliant, @inspiringtravellers:disqus πŸ™‚ I would really love that. πŸ™‚

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