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  • Players gonna play. Huxley and his buddy Bay, doing their little guy thing today at the perennially lovely @thencarboretum.
  • The garden got blanketed with what I'm hoping was winter's last gasp this past week. I'm ready for those snow-covered strawberry beds in the foreground to start putting out juicy fruits, for Huxley to dig in his sandbox again, for cocktails at sunset on the pergola, and for conversing with soil and seeds once more. Spring is coming. Really started to feel it this weekend.
  • Scotch eggs of supreme deliciousness can be had on the regular at @kingjamesavl. @glennbenglish and I savored these beauties today alongside dirty rice fritters, gumbo with poutine, and @sunbursttrout smoked trout dip, all wonderful. There was also a pint of Appalachian Brewery porter that I have to have more of. Oh, and old school White Stripes on rotation. Great food, great atmosphere.
  • Confession: until last night, I had never had honest to goodness snow cream. @glennbenglish whipped up a tasty batch with vanilla and nutmeg, and we enjoyed it alongside @oldworldlevain's heavenly frangipane tartlettes with fresh cranberries, orange peel, and cinnamon. Snow-pretty AND tasty.
  • Scattered, smothered, and covered. Snowy day in the cove!
  • We three Englishes do so very much love snow. Forecast to receive between 3-6 inches tonight! @glennbenglish captured Huxley and I taking in the view on his way back to the house after locking up the chickens.
  • Woke up to overnight snowfall, always a treat. Then heard from my neighbor Lynn, a licensed massage & bodywork therapist, that the snow was preventing her from getting in to her clients in town and, as a result, she had an opening in her schedule and could give me a massage. Whenever she travels, I pet-sit her cat Sophie, and in exchange she trades me a massage. Not only is she a seriously stellar masseuse, she also is an aromatherapist, a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner (a kind of Japanese acupressure technique), and is certified in neuromuscular therapy. So when I get a massage from her, I receive this healing trifecta involving scent, body, and spirit. Plus, in all honesty, I feel like this woman is actually imbuing my body with love when she works on me. I left her house feeling light and bright, and nourished. She has offices in Asheville and Johnson City, TN (the home massages are reserved for family and neighbors!). If you're looking for a rich, wonderful, deeply healing massage, please consider Lynn. You can find her information at www.lynnbernatsky.com. || I passed our bamboo grove and its tiny creek on my walk over to Lynn and Steve's; it somehow spoke to me of good things in store.
  • Woke up to this view. Some kind of wonderful!
  • Spotted Quench in the wild today.Always a thrill to see my books out in the big world, and rubbing elbows with friends @thejoyofcooking, no less!
  • Good day to be in western NC. View of Mt.  Pisgah from the top of our road.
  • You will not pass! || Our shorty with his soul sister Raeglan, adventuring in our woods two days ago. @thebriere4
  • Batman Begins. You ought to hear his 4 year-old take on Batman's gravelly, husky whisper.
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Around & About

Hi friends. Hope you had a great weekend!

Our ice cream social on Saturday was such a blast. Huxley totally overate and was a sugar maniac, which was pretty fun to watch. The crash, however, didn’t come as quickly as I thought it would. Our Wild child powered through right up until his bedtime. He’s got stamina, this much is true!

Here are a few images I snapped today from things I’m appreciating around and about the house. May they bring you as much happiness as they have me!

 Tiny baby/Porch improvements/Stonecrop for the pollinators/New boots for the Wildman/Ripening blackberries/An entry of Rubeckias/ Lemon verbena/Potatoes are ready/The mimosa tree is crazy fragrant and beautiful/Fig trees look promising/New lettuce starts.

14 Responses to Around & About

  • Meryl says:

    I may be behind a little (I rely on the google reader too much), but the new blog design looks amazing!

  • Chris & Skip says:

    Your front porch is lovely! Truly transformed to a magical place that I’ll bet you’re especially appreciating with all this mountain rain Asheville–can still get outside to eat and sit.

  • Love the pics! I’m planning on starting a fig tree this year from my grandfather’s tree, did you buy them or root cuttings?

  • Emily says:

    All of these photos have a warm, earthy feel. I love earthy! I think I could go for a baked potato right now, too.

    Just wondering… have you ever written about your son’s name? Huxley Wild is such an interesting name, and I’d love to know how you and your husband decided on it.

    • Emily-I think I have written about Huxley’s name, from around the time of his birth, but then, maybe not! Anyhow, I chose the name Huxley while we were on our honeymoon (we went to Paris, then by train to Monaco, then another overnight train to Rome). I was reading Tom Robbin’s novel “Jitterbug Perfume” and there is a precocious young female character in it named Huxley Anne that is very in tune with nature. I decided then and there that would be our child’s name, if we ever had a girl, and Glenn agreed. When we found out we were having a boy, we reconsidered, but, as it turns out, Huxley is actually a man’s name. It means both “outdoorsman”, which is want we want for him, and “a clearing in the forest”, which is precisely where we live. So, it seemed perfect, and fated.

      As for the “Wild” part, I used to refer to Huxley in utero as “Nugget.” He was so very squirmy and wiggly and active and, well, wild for such a small thing that the name sort of naturally fit. Also, wild, unadulterated spaces and thinking and individual ways of doing things are very important to Huxley’s dad and myself. Given his temperament and our leanings, “Wild” was the order of the day.

      Thanks for asking. It’s fun to have an opportunity to explain my baby love’s name!!!

      • Emily says:

        You’re welcome! I like knowing the story behind names, especially the unusual ones. I love the thought process behind Huxley’s name and the meaning it has to you and your husband. Very cool!

  • John says:

    I have some crazy porch jealousy, like really bad. If your porch is actually 1/10th as nice as it looks in that picture it could possibly be my favorite place on earth. Very cool indeed.

  • Stacy says:

    Yay! So glad the ice cream social was a hit! And look at Huxley’s new boots! Is he lovin’ them? They’re perfect for puddles! :)

  • Heather says:

    Oh, I’m so jealous of your potatoes. I need another couple of raised beds for strawberries and potatoes I think. Just one question – do your fig trees smell a little…feline? We got one last year that’s a variety bred at the Chicago Botanical Gardens to survive in our weather (to a certain extent – it comes inside in the winter), and it’s a little stinky. I only say this out of earshot of Mr. Fig Tree, as it’s covered with figs right now and I don’t want to disrupt the gestational period. But I wondered if it’s just our variety or if it’s all figs. Not overpowering, but definitely there. Just curious.

    • denise says:

      I have a fig bush right outside my back door. Yes, they do smell kind of “feliney”. For the longest time I thought I had been visited by a male cat. No such luck, though. It’s the dang fig bush.

  • Oh my…what a lovely porch and look at all of that lush green color surrounding it…..so beautiful!

  • Pretty porch! And love the new website :)
    -Jaime

  • So beautiful!
    I love how much larger your pictures are with your new blog layout.