Thursday, April 25, 2013

Breakfast at the Edge of Wild...........

............You may have already noticed, I have an unusual back yard.  It is too prone to flooding and too shady to have any grass. When I first came here it had no design at all - many trees, a few wild coffee plants, lot's of weeds and what I dislike most, bare sand. I tried several plants, hoping to get that sand covered and at first, nothing seemed to work. I formed a path around it and finally got enough ground covers, ferns and a few other things growing to give it a natural but planned look. A lack of funds has kept me from what I would rather do. But, as time has gone by the look has changed and I really do enjoy it. Now, I would never want a rectangle of grass with manicured flower beds around the edges!

Using some large patio blocks that were already here I formed a somewhat secluded patio in the area near where my neighbor's uncleared, totally wild backyard begins. Hence, the "Edge of Wild". I have been adding some  brick colored blocks my daughter gave me. It still needs some fine tuning (digging out roots is not easy) and will always be a "rustic" look. Rustic is o.k. with me, considering the setting.  

It is a great place to have an extraordinary, ordinary breakfast.  This view is towards another neighbor who takes pride in keeping his yard neat. I am thankful for him!
In just a few minutes the little table was covered with the very spring-like tablecloth (found at Goodwill) and set with my usual breakfast fare. For those who read about the tablecloth, I never have had the tea party that I mentioned - may still have it.

I did make the setting a bit more special by bringing out an old jar and cutting a few fresh flowers.

The breakfast things of the day were carried out on this flat tray which aways stands on my kitchen counter.

I don't remember when or where I found this little cream bottle but, recently ran across it in my storage and started using it.  What makes it special to me is that it is embossed with "York Sanitary Milk Company". And, probably came from the area in Pennsylvania where I grew up.


It was a wonderful breakfast, in perfect cool weather, joined by the squirrels and singing birds.  In this setting it is so easy to appreciate the world that God put me in and reflect on His words. The cereal is a mixture of two - Pumpkin Flax Granola and Kashi's Black Currant Walnut. This will be my cereal of choice until I get tired of it.

Great assurance from John 16:33.
"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace."
Linking to Be Inspired Friday - Common Ground 


  1. Good Afternoon Betty, What a beautiful little oasis to lose yourself. To enjoy a meal, to sit and read a book or just to be quiet and contemplate.
    On the one hand your neighbour who does not keep his garden tidy, somehow helps to create a sense of seclusion in your garden and on the other hand your neighbour who keeps his garden neat as a pin seems to open up the area....whichever you prefer I have to say, it is a lovely area and one I would love to sit and relax in.
    Best Wishes

    1. Thank you so much for looking and leaving your thoughts! It really is a good mix. My yard is such a high maintance area, with so much stuff falling from the trees, weeds, etc. that I don't always have it as neat as I would like. So, yes it is an o.k. place.

  2. I always love when you include in your blog posts about setting a pretty table for yourself!

  3. What a gorgeous place for breakfast! New Follower.


  4. Thanks Jody, for stopping by, leaving the nice comment and for becoming a follower!


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