Joy before Jobs

Monday is my day off work. I love having Mondays off. Monday is my day to catch up with chores: housework, errands that need running, general admin, and of course, gardening. I like to do them in that order, because gardening is my reward for the boring stuff.

I was just lugging the hoover upstairs when I noticed there was a strange light. Through the window I spied this:

Hang the housework, I had to get out there!

I grabbed my camera and took off. We have this little bridge to cross into the fields, and I saw just a tantalising glimpse of what I might see. Oh, how I love those tones of tangerine and lilac!

Once across the bridge and over the stile, this is what I saw:

The clouds that had broken away and were drifting off had taken a little pink glow with them.

There was this amazing sweep of cloud, burnished with gold. It is as if there is a furnace beneath. Which, I suppose, there is.

It was like looking at waves upon the sea, but upside down.

I always love to admire the silhouettes of trees.

There was a smudge, as if someone had accidentally rubbed their elbow across it.

If I looked to the south, the colours were more mellow.

Having had a little pop of wonder, I could return to housework.

After this, I had an incredibly productive day. I dusted, hoovered and cleaned the bathrooms, made a veggie shepherd’s pie, carted twelve barrowloads of manure to my raised beds, pruned all the roses, and wrote two blog posts.

It was as if I had been fired up by the sunrise furnace and that joy was suffused into all my jobs for the day.

So maybe, sometimes, we should put joy before jobs. Never turn your back on a little pop of wonder.

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56 Comments Add yours

  1. Rachel Foster says:

    A wonderful read yet again. The photos are beautiful. I tackled my roses yesterday following the advice from your other blog. I hadn’t been out in the garden for weeks. I felt renewed. Afterwards, I completed all of my housework with gusto. The garden had breathed fresh new energy into my soul. Thank you xxx

    1. Thank you Rachel! It is lovely getting outside after a gap, isn’t it? ‘The garden had breathed fresh new energy into my soul.’ That is exactly it.

  2. Anonymous says:


  3. These photos are absolutely gorgeous. These scenes are so inspiring and breathe life into our soul. Gardening seems to do the same thing. I love productive days like this. πŸ’—

    1. Thanks Lisa! It is interesting how readers know exactly what I mean – the universal sense that moments like this ‘breathe life into our soul’.

  4. Emma Cownie says:

    Yes put joy before jobs! I loved the photos. Not often you see sunrises like this.

    1. I have become a bit of a sunrise-watcher this month. There have been some lovely ones, but this one was really special.

  5. Rupali says:

    One of the beatuiful Monday mornings!

  6. Ann Mackay says:

    What a beautiful morning – not surprised it kept you bouyed up while you got all the boring things done. πŸ™‚

    1. That’s the thing, isn’t it. A bit of wonder to help along the drudgery!

  7. Stunning Ali! I have so many trees around my house, I rarely see a sunrise like this. But at work, I’m on the 5th floor and can see for miles. Unfortunately I don’t sit near a window, but sometimes I can catch a beauty. Thanks for sharing your beauty.
    Glad you are able to garden already. It is hard not to be jealous. The midwest of the USA is having record breaking lows and wind chills that is closing schools, airlines and even the post office. It is absolutely bitter here, but fortunately by Friday we’ll have mild spring conditions. The weather this winter has been a constant roller coaster of extreme lows, mingled with milder temps. Enjoy your garden!

    1. I saw on the news that you are experiencing a ‘Polar Vortex’! I really hope you are able to keep warm and safe until temperatures rise again. You will really enjoy those spring temperatures!

  8. I loved this. We all need little pops of wonder. Why not put joy BEFORE jobs?

  9. Christina says:

    Beautiful skies. The lovely sunsets here are always on the coldest days. Btw I can still only read you posts direct from your site or from the email. When I open them in the WordPress app, they crash, almost immediately.

    1. I’m sorry to hear that, Christina. I hit a bit of a dead end when I investigated it before.

  10. Stunning photos! You are so right. Joy before jobs. A Sunrise like that doesn’t come along every day. Thanks for sharing it.

    1. It’s my pleasure Laurie! It is not every day I can bound off with my camera, so it was a very lucky morning!

  11. Crikey! Now that’s what I call a productive day! Absolutely beautiful pictures. Funnily enough I have to β€˜treat’ myself to get things done too. It seems to work. Lovely, lovely post. Katie x

    1. It is an excellent strategy. It works with childcare, and it works with me!

  12. bcparkison says:

    Wow! You had a very productive day. I need one of these.Great shots by the way .

    1. I am glad you enjoyed them. Don’t think that every day is super-charged! I have decidedly lazy days too!!

  13. Linda says:

    Great pics!

  14. Wonderful way to begin any day, Ali! Wow! I, too, love dark silhouettes of trees against a sky like this. Thank you for inspiring my Wednesday housecleaning!

    1. I am very pleased to be of service!

  15. Jewels says:

    BEAUTIFUL Ali, just stunning! ❀

  16. Kath says:

    Absalutely stunning Ali.

  17. Cathy says:

    Wonderful photos, Ali, and well-observed

    1. The sunrise joined IAVOM for the joy!

  18. Heyjude says:

    Incredible sky! I can quite understand why you had to rush outside. I managed some gardening today, but am paying the price for all the bending over weeding!

    1. It is time to get back down to it, isn’t it? I noticed a few huge thistles and dandelions yesterday!

      1. Heyjude says:

        Amazing how these perennial weeds manage to flourish!

  19. M.B. Henry says:

    Oh my goodness!!! Incredible captures!

    1. I was lucky to get them, wasn’t I?

  20. Cathy says:

    Beautiful! What a great start to the week! πŸ™‚

    1. It certainly was! It would be great if every Monday were the same!

  21. So beautiful…really lovely…the photographs and the thoughts as well!

    1. I am really glad you enjoyed them. Thank you. x

  22. Gillian says:

    Wow … you certainly experienced something amazing then Ali. It’s important to stop and enjoy nature in whatever form whenever we can I think. My mother-in-law always stopped whatever she was doing to watch the sun set from her balcony overlooking the sea. Just a few minutes calm can work wonders.

    1. That sounds like a brilliant policy. Watching the sunrise or sunset is one of the most calming things, isn’t it? Maybe because it slowly unfurls but changes so dramatically.

  23. Beautiful photographs!! Definitely worthwhile taking a break for!

    1. It was definitely worth it. There are so few days when I can do that, so it is a treat.

  24. shirley jackson says:

    Thank you for sharing joy before jobs!

    1. It was my pleasure, Shirley!

  25. I would be exactly the same, forget the housework and grab the camera. Moments like that are definitely not to be missed.

    1. Yes, and this follows on perfectly from your comment about experiencing adversity: we know how to appreciate these moments. β€οΈπŸ™

      1. Defintely. We have to grab them while they are there. 😊

  26. gsnprog says:

    Such a relaxing read!

    1. That’s lovely to hear. Thank you.

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