Early Morning Light

morning coffee outdoors

I woke up early one morning last week and decided to get up. Nick was still asleep, so I grabbed my camera and notebook, made a cup of coffee and slipped outdoors in my nightgown to experience the outdoors in the early morning light. This might sound like a no-biggie to many of you, but it is quite rare for me to be up early like that nowadays.

As much as I have tried in my life to reschedule my natural body clock so that I could get to sleep at a decent time at night and wake up refreshed and ready to go at 7am, it has always been a challenge for me. Back in the days of the stressful day-job where breakfast meetings were the norm, I remember stumbling around, almost feeling sick to my stomach, as I got ready, pulling on my suit and heading out the door.

I always used to take my shower at night because there was no way I could do it in the morning, even though this meant dealing with wonky 'slept on while still damp' hair in the morning. Come to think of it, my hair was a heck of a lot shorter then too, so I could just damp it down, comb it and go. Everything about my routine was planned to help make those mornings more bearable.

I used to travel quite a bit for work, which meant extremely early pick-ups to go to the airport, and I remember sitting in the back seat or the car, in the dark because the sun had not yet risen, and just feeling not quite ready to face such a big day.

But I was good at that job, and by the time I arrived at that early breakfast or destination, nobody I met with would ever have realized what a struggle it had been for me to get there that early.

I spent years surrounded by morning-people and really always wished I could join their ranks. Though now that I'm thinking about it, I realize that my way of being offered a different perk, in that I was often the last one to leave the office, many evenings having to run to the electicity-box to turn the lights back on in my office, after they had automatically shut off for the night. This suited me just fine, as I was able to get my best work done on those quiet evenings. I got to know the office cleaning staff well, knowing when their daughters were getting married and how old their grandchildren were. In fact, I still regularly quote a woman who used to empty my trashcan into the big bin she would roll through the office.

The truth is, I loved the job but really disliked the early morning start to the day that was necessary to do it.

So now, in writing this post, I am a bit stuck. How do I segue from a discussion about hating early morning risings, to writing about the joy felt upon getting up so early on this particular morning?

I think I will let the pictures take over from here ...

making plans

unbrushed hair

sage in the morning

basil plant

purple flower in morning li

fuschia plant

bird in the morning

squirrel having breakfast

ripened vine

plaster sun in morning ligh

  • Cafe au lait (How To) in my big favourite cup, Portmeirion.

  • Using a half-size binder as my planner notebook, stocked with tabs, dividers and handy pages left over from my former 'never-leave-my-side' Day-timer.

  • Unbrushed hair and a new cotton nightgown.

  • Herbs and flowers in the morning light.

  • My urban wildlife pets to keep me company.

  • Joy

How about you? Morning person or night owl? How has your natural internal clock affected the way you live your life?
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7 Responses to Early Morning Light

  1. Anna says:

    You are at one with nature! I love waking up early by accident, but I can’t manage to do it most of the time.

    • Loulou says:

      Yes, it’s always nice to wake up early and be able to just hop out of bed! But that rarely happens to me either. I have a friend who gets up at least an hour before her family does every morning, so she can just read and enjoy her coffee, before the hectic day begins. But she also goes to bed around 9:30 so that’s the trade-off I guess.

  2. Emma says:

    I love the lace of your nightgown. I love the peaceful mornings too. It’s nice to be able to let the day unfold rather than force yourself unwillingly into it. I recognise those conversations with the cleaners, though!

  3. Jenny Lee says:

    I am such a morning person. I am one of those annoying people who is cheerful at 6:30am. In my last office job, I was the morning “opener” and had to be on my toes at 6:45. I actually loved it because I was able to get home early in the afternoon. I’m a bit of a dud when it comes to nightlife. Thank goodness I am an old married mommy – then I can blame my lack of a social life on everyone else. Truth be told, I’m usually too tired to party!

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