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  • 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.
  • Post meal, pre-hike to the frozen
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Happy Hallow-Green!

As I write this, the cove back here is filled with fog and mist. Both of the large maples have finally gone yellow and their riot of color is littering the porch, little sheets of gold falling softly down, down, down. The mood outside fits the bill, given that it’s Halloween weekend! Come check out my “Small Measures with Ashley” post this week on Design Sponge where I talk about putting the ‘Eco’ in Ectoplasm and offer tips for greening up Halloween. 


Do you have any spooktacular plans? We’re probably going to just lay low. My glasses are still in the ICU, on life support. Hopefully I’ll get them back safe and sound soon, but I’m pretty much crippled for distance-viewing without them. I’m busy working on the cheese chapter of the “Home Dairy” book, too, with a fridge groaning under the weight of multiple gallons of milk, untold cartons of cream, and completed items like ricotta and cottage cheese (on today’s agenda-mascarpone and paneer!). A quiet weekend at home is what’s in order for this vision-impaired, deadline-approaching lass. I live vicariously through the outings of others, though, so do tell what you’ve got in store!

*Image from here

3 Responses to Happy Hallow-Green!

  • EcoGrrl says:

    We are celebrating dios de los muertos here…as part of Last Thursday in my neighborhood, we enjoyed the art and music of the area and honored those recently lost in a procession. For me it's more meaningful than commercial versions of Halloween with plastic costumes and candy (not that I don't adore seeing a little one in a puppy costume!). I'll be posting pix on my blog :)

  • tigress says:

    those pumpkins are great! do you know what variety the blue ones are? they're gorgeous!!

  • Tigress-it's hard to know for certain, as Tiny Farms didn't specifically indicate the variety, but from the looks of it, it's either Jarrahdale, Jubilee, or Jamboree.