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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Into The Woods

Appalachian Forests
I’m still here! The rain didn’t carry me away. I wasn’t eaten by the bear on our property (the neighbors called last week, letting us know we’ve got ursine company). I didn’t fall into a ravine in our forests. I’ve simply been writing, elsewhere.

We leave on Saturday for a week in Cancun with my in-laws. My book manuscript is due August 1st. Between those two factors, and also the additional bit about tomorrow being my birthday and really wanting to head up to Pisgah Inn to stuff my face with pancakes while watching the fog roll past before going for a hike somewhere on the Blue Ridge Parkway, I’ve been spending a great deal of time clicking away on the keyboard. Just not here.

BUT, that’s not what I wanted to tell you about here. Really. I’m so not fond of whining, from myself, my toddler, or anyone, really. So, begone, pity! Hello, wonderful information!

Yes, friends. I’ve got some fun news to share. I’ve just sent in my first payment on a forest class of supreme and abiding awesomeness (not its real working name). From its Facebook page, here are the details:

 

MEET OUR APPALACHIAN FORESTS
Come Meet the Plants, Trees, Mushrooms, Birds, Insects, and many astounding beings of our forests!

*Designed to deepen our relationships with the life on our vibrant planet, and to grow our awareness of the special place we live, and our ability to steward it!

*The Forest will be our primary classroom and you can expect to discover new lush and resplendent trails and wild spots around the greater Asheville area.

*Runs two Saturdays a month – August through November, with an optional camp out.

*Our major focuses will be on Trees, Plants, Fungi, their ID, uses and roles in Southern Appalachian Ecosystems. Additional lectures/focuses will include: Birds and Bird Language, an Introduction to Insects, Mosses & Lichens, Key Principles of Ecology, and ,of course, Edible and Medicinal Uses of Forest Species.

*This class meets at the Asheville Botanical Gardens from where we will drive out to forest locations around Asheville.

*Details: About every other Saturday for 7 Saturdays as follows: Aug 17th and 31st, September 7th and 21st, October 12 and 26th and finally our Camp Out Nov 16th and Sunday the 17th.

*Tuition is $300.00, payment plan available.

*Space is limited to 12 students Please register soon!

*To Register: Please call: 804-384-2908 or email to: learningdeer@gmail.com. Checks may be made out to Luke Cannon, and mailed to: 47 Camelfield Rd, Weavervillle, NC 28787 after you have been confirmed.

 

Supreme and abiding awesomeness, yes? YES! I’d love to meet some small measure readers at this class. How wonderful to explore our stomping grounds together! If you do sign up, tell Luke I sent you, and that we’re super pumped!!!!

What I’m Digging

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Happy Friday, friends! I’m sure many of you are off from work for the holiday weekend, or traveling around enjoying summertime adventures, or some other wonderful something or other. My mom and grandmother are en route to play with Huxley while I get some manuscript writing done. Owing to their imminent arrival and your own busy agendas, I’m going to keep today’s post short but sweet.

Oh, but before I forget, I’ve got a post up on Verve. My birthday is a one week from today, and, being a water sign like I am (I am SO very much a Cancer, fitting nearly every description attributed to this particular zodiac sign imaginable), I wrote about some of my favorite fluid memories. Check it!

In other news, here’s a smattering of this and that’s that caught my attention this (incredibly rainy!!!) week:

*Juniper Ridge makes amazing products in a sustainable manner. Win-win.

*Next time I’m in the U.K., I’m absolutely planning a stop at fforest. AMAZING! And their shop has the most lovely lanterns, enamelware, and wool blankets, my holy trinity of beloved home goods.

*I’ve been brewing several types of culinary bitters recently, and was intrigued by these, from DRAM Apothecary (great business name, right?).

*Strawberry! Mascarpone! Tart! 

*With tarts and pies and galettes and croustades in mind, here are 23 ways to make your pies more beautiful.

Alright, I’m off to shower and get ready for the “Granny Nannies”, as I like to call them. The rain has finally abated (at least, it has for now), so I’m thinking a bit of time spent weeding in the garden is in order later. And some galette making. I’ve got a heap of blackberries and blueberries just begging to be cradled in a buttery crust and baked into juicy submission, so that’ll be happening soon, too.

Wherever you go this weekend, whatever you do, and whomever you do it with, may it be grand!

*I post a photo of Huxley here each Friday because, truly, he’s what his Papa and I dig the most. Here he is snuggling with Glenn the other morning (check out the bed head on Papa!!!). How much do those two look alike?! I mean, minus the beard and all, but, clearly as evidenced here, the apple did not fall far from the tree! 

Jen Altman Children’s Portraiture

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Oh, boy. Let me tell you something friends. Lately, things are all about swimming. As in, we took Huxley swimming for the first time in a real pool on Sunday (he loved it). There’s been enough rain to render our garden and creeks into swimming pools. And, perhaps most importantly, I am swimming, swimming, SWIMMING in work. I’m on the home stretch of manuscript writing for my book on homemade beverages (it publishes Autumn 2014 from Roost; I’ve also got Handmade Gatherings publishing from Roost Spring 2014-that’s two books publishing in 2014, got that? Goodness sakes ALIVE!). Oh, yeah. It’s a big time ’round these parts lately. Did I mention that we’re also leaving for a week in Cancun, Mexico with my in-laws on July 13th? Yeah, so, there’s that, too. Like I said, swimming!

But that’s not what I really wanted to share with you here today. What I want to tell you about is the amazing Jen Altman, and her children’s portraiture. Jen knows a great deal not just about photography in general, but how to best capture children on film. So much so, in fact, that she wrote an incredibly thorough yet easy-to-read book on the topic this past spring.

Jen and her sweet family live here in the Asheville and she shared with me recently that she’s doing some child portraiture this summer. All sessions will take place in her home, using primarily a chalkboard paint backdrop, as shown in the images above. Rates and information regarding the sessions can be found here. If you’d like to see a bit more of her work, here are some additional links:

Editorial website : www.jeniferaltman.com
Portrait and wedding work : www.lovebyjen.com
Blog : www.thenectarblog.com

That’s my sweet baby Billy Idol on the right side in the final image, doing his best to sneer and snarl (“Growl like a dinosaur!” we kept yelling at him). Her daughter, Aela, is doing her best Joan Jett on the left, while baby sister Ari (at whose 6 year-old “Pop Icons” birthday party this costume revelry was taking place last weekend) gives Debbie Harry a run for her money as Blondie.

You can easily see by looking at these images that Jen knows just how to best capture the beauty, innocence, and, well, fun of children and childhood. If you’re in the area, I highly encourage you to book a session.