This is me. Makeup-free, cat hair stuck to my leggings, rain boots for the yard and coffee in hand. My mug likely has drips down the side and my straight hair pokes out everywhere. But I'm happy because I'm outside with my dog and sipping fresh brewed heaven! Since buying our house, I've spent so many mornings taking time out and moseying about my yard- put together or not. It needs a lot of work, as many of the plants weren't kept up, or are dying, so we have a long ways to make it into an oasis- but if I only showed you the oasis, I'd adding to the unfair expectations that the internet often presents.
Coming from a cookie cutter house with an almost non-existent yard, our new garden has become my happy place, even in January where our "oasis" is a vision of barren trees and soggy leaves. We did some work in it over the weekend, clearing out a bunch of leaves and gnarled vines under a maple tree and chopping down two ugly, misshapen cone trees. We also found a salamander and debated names- any ideas!? I found myself waking before sunrise the last couple of mornings willing the sun to come up so I could look out at our hard work.
Taking the moments to head outside, even if just to wander, is fuel for the soul. The air is fresh, the tip toeing around the doggie land mines is kind of humorous (unless you step in it) and watching plants bud and bloom hint to warmer weather and longer days. You wouldn't be a true Pacific Northwesterner if you couldn't drink your coffee sprinkled with a few rain drops or enjoy the misty mornings, rolling with tendrils of fog.
We've got a long ways to go until we can brag about a master garden... and even more dollars to save to get there. In the meantime, we're enjoying making this place our own and looking forward to future lush hydrangeas, English roses, hellebore, lavender, fatsia and plenty of birdsong.
Until then, happy winter garden wanderings and a warm, coffee cheers!
Brittingham Photography is located in Orting, Washington and specializes in natural High School Senior portraits. We also offer Britt Beauty Sessions (individual women's shoots), Lifestyle Newborn, Couples Sessions and Intimate Family Photos. Thank you for stopping by to read my little blog!
Orting, Washington Photographer