"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."

Thomas Moore

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

An end of winter morn...

I love the pre-dawn hour.
The stillness, the cool air, the rare quiet of our suburban street. 
Just me in my pajamas, barefoot, with camera slung over my shoulder and the space we call our home to observe through not-quite-awake-eyes.

Join G-nome and me in the yard?
Mangoes are almost ripe, the flowers I planted last month are blooming and the herbs are flourishing. 
Mr E is taking me to the garden shop on Saturday for more pots, but there's still a few I can transplant later today...

Mr E's bonsai 'hot houses' are working a treat and his tiny bonsai azaleas are almost ready to be potted out...

His other bonsai trees are progressing wonderfully too...

Back inside the sun has risen and it's sharp orange hues fill the big window in the living room. Looking through the window and down onto the ground below you would almost think it was autumn...

Time to prepare the breakfast table before I wake my beloved.

Last night I baked buttermilk scones with sultanas from spelt flour, and ground a fresh supply of coffee beans...

 Spread with real butter and my homemade strawberry and apple jam...

...it was time to begin a new day with the one I love.

May your day bring you calm and delight in the simple things that bless your own gently domestic heart,



  1. thanks for letting me join you on your morning rounds. Just a shame you didn't put enough coffee and scones out for me too!

  2. Such a lovely post, thank you for sharing.

  3. I always love photos of your garden. It seemed a calm, reflective morning for you. The breakfast looks delicious. How fortunate you two are. =)

  4. Glorious beginning to a beautiful day. With all of this it would be very difficult not to be ever so thankful. Blessings Dear...

  5. Your garden is lovely, Jenny. It must be wonderful being able to pick your own home-grown mangoes.

  6. Your new plantings are looking great Jenny ... your garden does look autumney in parts I agree. It always fascinates me - we are not that far apart globally but we have such different seasons to you over here in my part. Lots of your posts over winter have appeared quite summery. I envy you but then again, I guess it has its down sides & you would probably love a good cold winter for a change. Come visit .... I can provide you with one :-)

  7. Gracias por compartir las bellas reflexiones y la admirable belleza de tu amanecer. El bizcocho de pasas tiene un aspecto muy, muy apetitoso. Gracias por permitirnos entrar en tu bello hogar. Bless you.

  8. Lovely start to the day. A great post thank you Jenny. Have a good week Shirley

  9. Your living rooms looks so inviting with the sun peeking in at the windows. A lovely place to sit and enjoy a home baked breakfast :-) x

  10. You have an incredibly green thumb - your plants look fabulous!!! It is obvious the joy you get from working with your plants. I do believe you are being quite successful in your year of domesticity. Your home is warm and welcoming, an oasis of peace and calm!

  11. Was für schöne Blumen !
    Und Erdbeer Apfelmarmelade muß ich auch mal kochen.
    Liebe Grüße

  12. Lovely and now I want scones with jam!

  13. Jenny, Thank you for sharing the photos of outside your home, the flowers and herbs and the beautiful home you are finding more comfort and love in every single day. My flowers here are beginning to die out until next season (I let them alone until spring when I go out and trim everything to the ground...I was told that the plants need all of the nutrients from the dying leaves and stems to refurnish for the following year). Our sunflowers are tall and beautiful though. Fall is definitely coming quickly this year in Southern Oregon. May the Lord bless your home, your outdoor space and bring even more love between yourself and your husband. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful creative day!

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