August 6

August 6

August 6


August 6

August 6

August 6

I woke up, or rather was woken up at five minutes till five a.m. this morning.  I nursed Silas and he fell back to sleep between Jonny and me in the bed, but I wasn’t able to fall asleep again as I usually do.  So, I crawled out of bed and tiptoed downstairs.  It was still dark outside.  I sleepily knitted a few rows by lamplight before realizing that maybe I ought to spend some time in the garden, before the day heated up.  But first, the cats wanted to be fed, the chickens too.  Then there was sausage to thaw for breakfast and I realized that I was terribly hungry.  And so it went, an early morning version of my usual self, moving from place to place doing a bit of this and a bit of that as I attended to one distraction after another.  Eventually I did make it to the garden.  The honeybees were busy there, far more so than they are later in the day.  The large pumpkin and squash blossoms are apparently favorites and the bees must know that they are only open for visitors early in the day.  I wonder if there are bees that flit from flower to flower and others who carefully extract everything from each before moving on.  I did a bit of planting, but mostly wandered around looking at insects.  Cucumber beetles seem to be very much at home in my garden this year.

Soon enough everyone was awake and strangely enough I had energy enough for the rest of the day.  I realize that I just wrote a sentence that has the word “enough” in it three times.  Why does that happen?  Normally I would change it, but I think I’ll leave it this time.

It’s nice sometimes to spend a quiet morning alone.  It helps me to remember that I do indeed have enough.


  1. truly beautiful post!

  2. Sounds like a good morning! I got up at 5:30 today too, but I went back to sleep from 9 until noon. I’m glad you had energy though! 🙂

  3. Hi! I’m happy I found your wonderful blog from Jeni! Your photos are beautiful and I enjoy your way of writing! I love the last photo – one of my dogs use to ‘sleep’ like that! I’m missing autumn and knitting. Now it’s just too hot. I’m looking forward to join your ‘Knit along’! Finnish wishes from Greece!

  4. Ah, morning time is so precious and fleeting. Love this.

  5. Comments were closed on your other post – the giveaway but I am just now catching up on all of my favorite blogs. I just want you to know that I think it’s hilarious that a woman named Summer is selling sunscreen and also that I just ordered a tub!

    Thank you!

  6. Beautiful, simple reflection.

  7. Rebecca P says:

    Thanks for sharing this. Beautiful!

  8. Ahh, My favorite of your posts for sure!

  9. Such lovely gifts – a quiet morning to yourself and realizing what you have is enough.

  10. Beautiful post Ginny 😀

  11. Sometimes exactly what we have is exactly enough!

  12. Those are beautiful chickens! I absolutely adore the photo of Gabe and the dog laying across the ottoman.

  13. Ha! I just noticed the legs behind the legs on the last photo! (Didn’t spot them the first time.) I’m a flitter type while my husband is able to concentrate on one job till its finished – I realised he can shut out other things (children talking, playing,…….fighting,) whilst I cannot. With all your flitting you get an awful lot done, I’d say, and your house and garden look wonderful. Well done you.

  14. Lovely and wise words. Enough is a good place to be.

  15. Early morning time spent alone (with animals and insects) is energizing for me too. It’s nice to ruminate a bit.

  16. what a lovely morning. i enjoy getting up early just to have those few moments to myself at the start of the day. getting that time at the end of the day usually leaves me just to tired to function. 🙂

  17. Mornings are the best and most beautiful in my opinion 🙂 Great post!

  18. Morning peace is the best. If only I could convince my morning sleepy self to get out of bed. 😉

  19. I love early morning…I think it’s the best time of the day and perfect for flittering…I’m glad you had enough energy for the rest of the day…I hope you have more days like this….

  20. Good morning Ginny. I didn’t even notice the three “enough”s in your sentence. There is something nice about waking early – even if it’s unintended… I’m on my way to a new habit of rising early. I have always loved the days when I’m up, but it’s the getting to bed early that usually poses the challenge. Have a nice day!

  21. Such a beautiful, simple series of photos.

  22. if everyone thought as you did, what a peaceful world we would live in.

  23. Something about having a few minutes to myself in the morning is always refreshing and makes me feel like I can face the day. Too bad I can’t seem to make myself get up before my daughter on a regular basis….

  24. Yes, sometimes you don’t get enough sleep but it’s fine. As long as it doesn’t continue!

  25. Ahh, a few moments of quiet in the morning seems to feed my soul.

  26. I like this post. So fresh and honest and simple. This is how I feel many times. And there really is something about early morning before the rest of your life wakes up, right?

  27. I love your pics so very much. I feel so cheered by them.

  28. I think I am a flitter too. When faced with the quiet and the time, I find myself wandering from task to task. I have started getting up earlier to just sit and read or knit. It is my time. Glad you had enough.

  29. Beautiful post Ginny.

  30. A beautiful, quiet morning is such a gift, isn’t it? I’ve been trying to discipline myself to get up earlier to indulge in more quiet moments. Glad you were able to take advantage of the time alone.

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