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Golden Dawn

There is a special quality to early morning light at this time of the year.

I was awake early, made a pot of coffee, and sauntered around the house in my dressing gown, simply enjoying the peace and slight coolness in the air.  I took the above photo about 7.20 am as the sun had just appeared over the horizon.

The golden glow filled our sitting room, changing the wall colour, reflecting on the gold-tooled spines of old leather-bound books, shining through the petals of the flowers.  While dusk can also be beautiful, early morning is really special, the dawning of a new day.


I have no idea what appears to be a white mark, bottom left (photo above). The area where I keep a collection of Spode miniatures (which were produced in the 1970s and called Spode ‘gems’) has no such marks, so I can only assume it was a reflection of some sort.  My husband made this special area for the Spode collection when he was constructing the bookshelves many years ago.  These books are Thomas Hardy novels (on the left) and William Makepeace Thackeray on the right.

In the dining end of the room, the sunlight here is shining partially on a watercolour of a stormy sea.  I usually keep the curtains drawn when sunlight is pouring in like this, to prevent the light from fading the pictures, but this morning I pulled back the curtain in order to take this photograph.

And sunlight shining through the petals of the pink gladioli which are now at their best. They won’t last much longer, so I’m really enjoying their gorgeous blooms.

Dawn really is my favourite time of the day – well, it certainly is when it’s as bright as it was this morning.

Do you have a favourite time of day?  Dawn or dusk?  Both are beautiful, but dawn wins by a hair’s breadth.

Until next time.

About Margaret Powling

Margaret Powling
Margaret’s main interests are her husband and family, her friends, her home, her garden, writing, literature, architecture, décor, social history, photography, historic houses and gardens, and towns, villages and the countryside. She writes about the things she enjoys: flowers, scent, fine soap, monthly style magazines, and other such small indulgences, such as afternoon tea or simply enjoying her summerhouse with a book. She invites you to enjoy this virtual visit to South Devon, England.

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  1. Eloise. (thisissixty.blog)

    I love the golden light at this time of year but this morning We woke to very thick mist. I could barely see the houses across the road! It cleared by around 10am and this afternoon by 2pm the sun was so strong that it felt as though it was burning my face! The weather is certainly changeable at the moment.
    On a sunny evening the colour that the sun casts in our bedroom is fabulous; it’s the best spot in the house.

    • Margaret Powling

      It was dull here, too, early this morning, but that cold dull light has lifted and now we have sunshine again. Not as bright as yesterday, but still lovely to see. I feel energised and as I had my hair done yesterday (highlights and cut) I feel much better. I hate it when my hair isn’t up to snuff! You can wear the most lovely clothes but if your hair is a mess, you feel and look a mess, don’t you? Our bedroom has morning sunshine, it’s the study that receives the evening sunlight and part of our sitting room through a small west-facing window.

  2. I prefer the early morning light, the day is still to come and full of promise, by the evening it feels a little sad even if nothing bad has happened. The only day when nothing feels good to me is Sunday, especially from teatime onwards. I think it’s the relic of schooldays when I dreaded Monday morning!

    But now the days are getting shorter and mornings are darker so we have to wait longer for our pleasures 🙂

    • Margaret Powling

      Yes, I think that’s why I love the early morning light, Alison – a day full of promise, and the evening still feels, as you say, a little sad even if nothing bad has happened. That is so aptly put and exactly how I feel. Yes, I didn’t like going back to school on a Monday morning, either! We must make the most now of the shorter daylight hours.

  3. simpleliving31.blogspot.co.uk

    Hi Margaret, I love mornings, we have breakfast in bed and the sun shines through its lovely. That white mark looks a bit spooky, years ago when I had lived in a flat with an old boyfriend, in a photo we took there was an image of a woman, the place was really creepy and in the evenings when we were sat in the living room shadows would go past the door of the lounge, anyway sorry I am going off subject now, so like you I love mornings and the day full of promise.

    • Margaret Powling

      I think those white marks were reflections from something, they’re certainly not on the Perspex which covers that area of the shelves, Marlene. But those experiences you had in the house are really strange. Somethings just aren’t easily explained away, are they.

  4. I agree, dawn heralds a day full of promise. I often get up early just to be present at dawn. It is so magical. Where I live, dusk is also spectacular, however I don’t see it from my wee abode.

  5. I love the early mornings, the start of a new day with all its promise and energy.
    What a stunning view you have from your home Margaret, that would be my dream to own a home with such a view.
    We are working towards downsizing and moving so I keep this in mind for a future home. The ocean has such power for me, uplifting and renewing.
    Your photos are absolutely beautiful.
    Pam in TX.xx

    • Margaret Powling

      The view of the sea – or ocean as you call it in America – is lovely, especially now our neighbour has so very kindly cut his hedge so our view is restored, but it’s only a slender view, a sea peep as they say! It’s the side window of our bay window, and to get that view, I have to lean into the bay and turn my head to the left, but it’s worth it to see the sea, I think.
      I’m delighted you like my photos, too. Thank you, Pam.

  6. Dawn and early morning is also my favourite time of day. I envy you your cooler mornings. Our springtime is racing towards summer already. I feel like I’ve barely had the chance to wear my jeans, ballet flats and collection of light scarves – my winter ‘uniform’. The other morning I woke very early and rather than toss and turn, decided to get up and make a cup of tea. Afterwards I took the rubbish out and was standing in the driveway in my dressing gown with cat wrapping herself around my ankles (telling me she wanted breakfast) and I paused to admire the bird song and clearness of the morning air. We have many magpies, butcherbirds and other Australian natives which have beautiful songs to greet the morning. It was heavenly 🙂

    A good haircut, colour and blow dry always makes me feel ten feet tall. I have mine done every six weeks and budget carefully to accommodate. I will do my own manicures and pedicures – and recently took to tinting my own eyelashes – to save money but my hairdresser is not negotiable !! Besides, it’s not just physical maintenance, I enjoy the whole experience with nice magazines, cup of tea and friendly conversation 🙂

    • Margaret Powling

      Yes, I also enjoy the experience of going to the hairdresser, Lara. I know so many women who don’t like it and go under sufferance simply to get their hair cut. It’s my own special time and I love it, being pampered (but not in a massage, facial way, I’m not keen on having a massage, I don’t like strangers faffing around with my body) and having their lovely coffee – they have an Italian coffee machine which makes any kind of coffee you like, it’s better even than made of the coffee shops! And they take great care over the colouring process so that my hair doesn’t come out looking yellow, which bleached or highlighted hair can look. Yes, a good haircut is essential to looking presentable. I’m not keen either on the fashion for long pieces of hair draped down from the top of the head, so it dangles across someone’s eyes – young women tend to do this even if the rest of the hair is put up, it looks as if he stray pieces have come adrift and looks so messy. I’d have to have hair dangling in my eyes, I know that! Doesn’t it itch?

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