The View From My Front Porch

A while back I had a conversation with my blogging friend, Rebecca.  She has posted a gorgeous pic of her homeschool room, and I told her I was jealous of her room because we have an older house and not a whole lot of space.

Her response was “yeah, but I bet you have a front porch”.  She is correct about that, but our front porch doesn’t get a lot of use.  Until recently, that is.

First off, the original-to-the-house front door (from the 1850’s) has a cranky old lock on it that can be a pain to open:

It’s also small, in need of a paint job (desperately), and the top step needs to be repaired.

There is no place to sit down, unless you bring your own seating.  I brought out a kid chair the other weekend when I was about to have a Mommy meltdown and I just needed to get away for a few minutes:

{though I’m realizing now that we have plenty of patio chairs that we could leave out on the porch if we wanted to}.

Since my boy has been going to school, I find myself waiting on the porch for the bus when it’s rainy or particularly cold and windy.    We were waiting outside yesterday and it was a little bit rainy.  Normally we stand under a tree that offers some protection from the rain, but I realized we would be better off on the porch {head-smack!}.


The few times that I actually DO spend time out on the porch, I find it peaceful and enjoyable.  Truly, I need to make more of an effort to sit out there!

Here are some of the things that I see:

We have a beautiful stream across the street that you can hear bubbling along when we’ve had enough precipitation:


There are places to hang my wind chimes.


(this one is my favorite ~ it sounds like a Bach lullaby).

And, of course, there is a place to rest my coffee:


and, the pièce de résistance ~  an old barn across the street, which is fitting for our New England country setting:

The view from the porch is especially gorgeous in the Spring when our rhododendrons and butterfly bush are in bloom!

So, although we usually do our outdoor entertaining in the backyard and on our brick patio, I’ve promised Rebecca that when we meet in real life, we’ll have a nice cuppa and a chat on my front porch. 🙂

In the meantime, I’m going to work on appreciating this view more.

Oh, and just for fun ~ here’s the view from several years ago, the winter when we ended up with 9 feet of snow in parts of our back yard:



  1. Well, you made me cry.  Mommy melt down – hmmm….wishing we lived closer to you so we could bask in those melt down moments together with a cuppa on that porch.  It’s beautiful – more beautiful than that school room you saw.  That school room is man made – the view you have was created by the Master creator!!!  Oh, sweet friend, you don’t know how much this heart needed to sit on your front porch today.  I miss our talks….we need to start them again.