The Morning Toasting Hours

June 17, 2014


Waking in the hour of six, my most favourite hour, and rugging up for a winter walk is a practice I crave. It centres my body, helping me to focus my mind and dart into the morning with vigour and clarity. To have vigour without clarity leads to a generally unproductive morning, I find. And this is something that, more often than not, will happen when I wake and reach for coffee without first planting my feet outside.

I look forward to my morning wanders. This time of year warrants a pair of gloves and snuggly jacket, but I prefer a coat of woollens to a coat of sweat. The sleepy winter sun has lead me to push my walks later than usual, but I’m still getting out in those morning toasting hours. I’ve tried walking in the evenings, a romantic ritual I picked up when traveling Italy and which I find to be terribly encouraging of good health and slumber. But I miss my morning walks. There’s something special about this time…

The hour of six and seven have distinct personalities. And if I sleep in, I mourn the loss of these hours. I’d rather wake early and enjoy the slow than snooze and miss it all. In the hour of six, the medicinal properties of coffee are infinitely more apparent. Eye lids rising with the sun, it is this very cup which beckons me from the comfort of bed and sees me reach for my jacket before heading outside. The hour of seven smells of toasting bread, waiting for the day’s spreads. Maybe jam or butter. Usually vegemite. I swear I can smell people dotting vegemite on their toast from the street as I pass and gather hunger…but only at seven am.

As I morning walk along the houses in my neighbourhood, I picture the scene inside. The clatter of mugs and indecision between English breakfast or green tea. Is it a day for tights and a skirt, or slacks? Will I have muesli or porridge? Or toast?

Today I chose tights, my tea was green and I had toast.


♥ Flinders Sourdough toast, one slice with butter, warmed leftover roasted pumpkin cubes, a drizzle of cinnamon-kissed maple syrup and toasted pumpkin seeds.
♥ The other slice with butter, sliced radish, parsley, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and cracked black pepper.
♥ Green tea.


What did you have for breakfast today?



Heidi xo


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  • mimi June 18, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Heidi, you’re such a great writer. I loved this post, and your breakfast as well. Very hearty fare for winter’s arrival!

    • Heidi June 18, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      Thank you so much, Mimi x

  • Nat | foodforlittlesouls June 18, 2014 at 9:15 am

    You have inspired me to get up tomorrow and walk! I too tend to place myself in the ‘morning person’ column – yet i loath the cold so i am usually awake and laying in the warmth of my bed. But yes, it is the most beautiful time of day so maybe tomorrow i will just have to don the jacket and get outside.

    • Heidi June 18, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      Happy to have inspired. It’s so worth the chilly struggle x

  • Kelsey June 18, 2014 at 9:27 am

    What a perfect post 🙂 I love the mornings – but lately I’ve found myself skipping my morning run in favour of snoozing until the last minute, and rushing through my morning. Not okay! Thanks for the reminder 🙂

    • Heidi June 18, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      You’re so welcome! Thanks for the love x

  • Sarah June 18, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Heidi, you have such a beautiful and inspiring way with words! I too love mornings, but of late, I have been staying up late and sleeping in. I don’t enjoy the rush that ensues. You have given me the push I needed to change this around! Sarah

    • Heidi June 18, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      Thank you, Sarah, that’s lovely x

  • laurasmess June 18, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    I love this Heidi. Just reading about your morning walks gives me a slightly clearer headspace as I go about my day. I’ve been sleeping longer over the past few days. I normally get up at 6 like you and ‘enjoy the slow’ but recovering from a winter bug seems to take more sleep than I predicted. I am going to try your beautiful pumpkiny goodness very soon. Radish with butter is already a favourite, firmly affixed in my culinary mind xx

    • Heidi June 18, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      Oh those pesky winter bugs. I hope you feel better soon. Rest is the best thing so take it easy, lovely. You’ll be up at 6 again in no time, I’m certain. & yes, SO much love for radish with butter on baguette x

  • Elizabeth June 18, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    This is gorgeous. I often watch people having a bite to eat before work early before their chaos begins. You don’t even want to interrupt their only likely bliss. X

    • Heidi June 25, 2014 at 10:27 am

      How sweet 🙂 x

  • InTolerant Chef June 21, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    It’s been so foggy here in the morning that I think I could get lost just going around the block! Your breakfast looks lovely, today I had goat cheese on gf toast for breakfast with three cups of Earl Grey tea 🙂

    • Heidi June 25, 2014 at 10:27 am

      I should introduce more Earl Grey into my days x

  • Iron Chef Shellie June 23, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Wish I lived in your area. I’m always jealous of the gorgeous photos you post in the morning, and the walks to get your started, clear your head and get you ready for the day. <3

    • Heidi June 25, 2014 at 10:28 am

      It so good for the soul! Come visit x

  • adrian @ the food gays July 5, 2014 at 1:09 am

    such a beautiful post, thanks for sharing this moment of your day. the morning is my favorite time of day, especially when accompanied by a nice, strong espresso. walk the dog and get some writing done – it’s when i feel most productive 🙂