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

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

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!

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

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™‚

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 - Thank you so much, @646f90c10acac98f1769eec10536b975:disqus xo I’m so glad. 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 - Hooray! Another morning person, @disqus_WseMqaTPwi:disqus πŸ™‚ I’m so glad the light delights you too. 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 - They make every day worth getting up for, @joanneeatswellwithothers:disqus 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 - 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 - I’m so glad you felt transported, @juliajuliasalbumcom:disqus πŸ™‚ Your evenings in the city sound equally restful and peaceful. 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 like it, @AndiPerullo:disqus 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 - Isn’t that moment of quiet SO important, @494006859c92b38028518780817296b1:disqus ? It never fails to get my day off to a good start. πŸ™‚

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

Krista - Soup, oatmeal and coffee sound so comforting and wonderful, @disqus_KhB24eQY43:disqus 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. =)

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™‚

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

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.

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.!


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!

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

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.

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™‚

Julia@JuliasAlbum.com - 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!

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

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

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!

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

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.

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.

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