This is a rare treat. I’m not a morning person, so getting up early enough to be awake before my toddler is tricky. But when I do manage it, I love it. Early morning is such a precious time. The stillness, the calm… It’s as though a reset button has been pressed and there’s a chance to make things better with every new day.

This morning I’m watching a magpie hop across the grass just outside our backdoor. He looks very busy and important (I gather it’s a ‘he’ based on the bright white markings on his neck). Finding breakfast, I imagine.

Well, perhaps the world isn’t so still after all – but it is beautiful. Right now, that’s more than enough for me.