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  • 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.
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  • 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!
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  • 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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  • Yesterday marked the very last photo shoot for my upcoming picnic book. 20 picnics, showcasing all 4 seasons, DONE! Snow, the necessary
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Just Like I Like It

It’s a cold, grey Sunday in the cove. Which is just how I like it.

The windows are fogged up from the apple butter I’m canning on the stove, the baby is sleeping in his swing in the kitchen, the tea is hot and laced with honey, the flannel I’m wearing is straight from heaven, and the foliage takes my breath away.

From our home to yours, here’s wishing you a wonderful last bit of your weekend.

11 Responses to Just Like I Like It

  • Beth says:

    I can feel the coolness and smell the crispness of fall through the photos – thanks for a smidge of fall. I think I’ll light my apple cider candle when I get home – in Florida, we have to make do with what we have. :)

  • EcoGrrl says:

    wow always amazes me different climates as it’s 78 degrees today here in Portland – I’ve never canned on a cold day! :)

  • Emily says:

    I’m so in love with where you live. It’s finally starting to get cool here in Alabama… but who knows how long that will last.

  • anne limbird says:

    i know, right!! what a great fall day… we’ve been enjoying the fog!
    making apple cake with bourbon and brown sugar ice cream (recipe from the new bon appetite!)
    love a cozy day like this!

  • Nadia says:

    Gorgeous home sweet home!

  • Allison says:

    I grew up in Sylva…and come this time of year, I just miss the mountains so much! Your photos were like a slice of home this evening! Thank you!

  • Melanie J. says:

    I have trouble believing it could be cool enough for flannel…have def lived in FL too long! Visiting your area again next week, so can I place an order now for some of that cool? :)

  • Carol N says:

    Thank you Ashley for the beautiful glimpse into your gorgeous fall! I flourish in the cool misty days here in redwoods country. Love to see the beautiful leaves of the fall. To see the seasons change is really special. Keep the pictures coming :)

  • Lois says:

    I adore the photos. What a wonderful place to live in. Your patio and the views are breathtaking. I’ve been photographing much of our changing season as well, and have leaves stuck in books pressing them to decorate my apartment with. And flannel, there’s nothing better is there?

  • It has became my favourite Travelling spot.

  • Mary says:

    Don’t you love fall!! I’m just south of you in the N. GA mountains and this weather is glorious!