My grandmother loved to sit at her kitchen table and look out this window. In the morning, as she sipped her instant coffee, she would watch the birds as they grabbed a snack from the bird feeder or splashed around in the bird bath. She would watch the cars drive by on the busy road in front of her house. And she would gaze at the flowers in the beds that wound around her home.
She enjoyed this view for over forty years, and I can still picture her sitting at her kitchen table looking out this window. I miss her so much!
I think now about how well she knew the landscape around her. She would lead me around the yard and, whenever I would question her on the name of a plant, she always knew their names.
Now, as I home school my children in the Charlotte Mason method and we begin to observe nature, I think about how much more I have to learn about the landscape around me, so that I can answer their questions about the various plants and flowers in our own yard.