Thursday, June 3, 2010

Morning Coffee

I get up early in the morning, long before the rest of the humans in the house are awake.  This misty morning time is my favorite time of day.  First, I feed the dogs and cats ... they wouldn't have it any other way.  On nice mornings, I grab my laptop and my coffee cup and head for the glider on the deck.

I picked this glider up at a thrift store years ago, and I love it.  It's huge!  The cushions are a futon mattress from Ikea, and three people can sit on it comfortably.  Yes, before you ask, I have been known to nap out here.  Once the grandson gets a little older, I'll reattach the gliding mechanism ... right now, it would be too much of a temptation for him, and I don't want to have to deal with the injuries that could result.  For now, it's stationary.

The view from our deck across the yard and fields in the morning is beautiful.  I'll try to share it with you this morning.  Let's start on the right, and work our way around.

This is what you see if you look toward the front yard.  These geometric rose beds are a great addition to the landscape.  Before we built them, this spot was taken up by weeds and a huge diseased bush.  Bye bye, bush ... hello roses.

The picket-fenced area is the dogs' backyard.  Across the field, is an ancient white mulberry tree that's loaded with fruit right now.  The birds love it.

We're in the process reassembling a hand-me-down wooden swingset for our grandson.  That's Hartwood Winery in the background, where you see the white van and red pick-up truck.

You saw this view toward the barn and Rose Field earlier in the year.  With the trees fully leafed out, the barn is practically invisible and I can't see the Rose Field at all.

Our pavillion (which we call the Tiki Hut) is in the shade garden, as seen off the left side of the deck.  This is the perfect place for evening dinners with friends!  (I'll show you the Tiki Hut and the huge pecan tree above it in more detail some other time.)

(written by Hartwood Roses.  Hartwood Roses blog.)


  1. I love my coffee, but can imagine it being much more enjoyable with views like that! I might even be forced to do mornings.

  2. Your place is beautiful! The glider with the quilt looks so inviting.

  3. Lovely views Connie, and the trees look wonderful - love the hut! Betty x

  4. Beautiful views for quiet mornings with coffee. I love the long views of the pastoral scenes, too.

    We take our morning coffee outside as well. There's just something special about it.

  5. My what a peaceful view you have early in the morning. Love your Tiki Hut! I drink my coffee on the porch each morning and watch the squirrels play in the trees.

  6. My what a peaceful view you have early in the morning. Love your Tiki Hut! I drink my coffee on the porch each morning and watch the squirrels play in the trees.

  7. Early morning is my absolute favorite time of the day. I get up at 5:30 sometimes just to enjoy the quiet. I would love to have your vista in the mornings, but I will settle for my back yard, it's pretty sweet too :->

  8. I'm coming for a sleepover!!! But can I have a cup of tea instead of coffee?! I'll bring the strawberry jam and scones! Best wishes for a wonderful open house tomorrow!

    Kat :)

  9. What a wonderful place you have to rest your eyes one.

  10. Oooh, LOVE the Tikihut! I could sit there all day and into the evening. Did your husband build it or did you hire someone to do it? Really like it.

    Great places on your property to while away the hours that's for sure.

    The Blue Ridge Gal


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