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Lush Life

Ah, the green world, friends. It is most definitely in full force here, as the images above from our property attest to (from both my Instagram feed and otherwise). It’s challenging, to put it mildly, to work on my new beverage book, indoors, when so many splendors of the field and forest and creek and hillside and garden and grassy patch and cozy knoll abound outside. That said, that’s the very thing I’ve been doing lately, our refrigerator a chilly testament to the countless liquid libations I’ve been concocting. We shall, we shall, we shall not be parched!

And when not stirring and measuring and pouring and blending and pureeing and such, I’ve had my nose in various books on plant wisdom and sentience. The Secret Life of Plants and The Findhorn Garden Story have proven inspiring beyond measure.  Have any similarly-themed books you care to share? I’d love to hear about them. I’m so very much enjoying this lush life and all the information it has tucked away!

Here’s hoping the week ahead is filled with health, love, and happiness, from me and mine to you and yours.

8 Responses to Lush Life

  • Jessica W says:

    It is all lush and green up here in Alberta (Canada) too! I just love it, our summers are short so we really enjoy them!! Beautiful photos!

  • Alicia says:

    Plant Wisdom/Sentience – The Wise Woman Herbal (Healing Wise), Susan Weed; Plant Spirit Healing, Pam Montgomery; Plant Spirit Medicine, Eliot Cowan; Sacred Plant Medicine, Stephen Harrod Buhner. Herbals – A Modern Herbal (Volume 1 & 2), M. Grieve; The Earthwise Herbals (New World & Old World), Matthew Wood; Common Herbs for Natural Health, The Complete Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable, The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat, Nature’s Children, Julliette de Bairacli Levy (highly recommend); Family Herbal, Rosemary Gladstar; Identifying and Harvesting Edibles and Medicinals in Wild and Not-So-Wild Places, Steve Brill. Food/Wild Edibles – Nature’s Garden, The Forager’s Harvest, Samuel Thayer; Native Harvests, Barrie Kavasch. I know; I went a bit crazy! I love books!

  • josée says:

    I do` I do` I do` …I have an absolutly AMAZING book for you….btw….I am a long time quiet mouse reader of your blog dear Ashley. However, I did send you an e-mail 3yrs ago about Paul Stamets ‘mycelium running’ and suggested you write a book ;-)…Anyhow….the book I recomend for you (as I too have read both books you mentioned above)….is……..
    The Hidden Geometry of Flowers, by Keith Critchlow ….FYI, recomended by Dr.Rubert Sheldrake.
    It is a ‘must’ for your fine collection of books on ‘plant wisdom and sentience’…a quick look on amazon may not be enough because they don’t have the ‘look inside’ on it. I highly recommend this book full of pictures, philosophy, with geometry sur-imposed on the flowers…It is mind blowing…400+ pgs no other book like it out there. Wish I could upload a snapshot of a few pgs! Ok well bye…………

  • KC says:

    I’ve spent so much time here in France looking for wild edibles that I actually started immediately to look for wild edibles in your pictures. It was like an auto pilot turned on when I saw all the greenery. :)

  • Allison says:

    Oh man! I can smell how lush it is, just from the pictures. There is nothing better than a summer in the mountains of North Carolina!!!,

  • Rebecca says:

    Do you have ticks in your area? We’re having a real problem with them to the point that it’s keeping us away from walks in the woods. Do you have any tips? Just seeing your son in the tall grass gave me the creepy crawlies.

  • Tanya @ Lovely Greens says:

    You’re not the only one Ashley…it can be so hard to focus on indoor work when there’s so much more (fun) stuff to do outside :)

  • Rebecca-We do have ticks in our area, but not really the Lyme disease-carrying kind (although they are steadily inching further south each year). That said, we check fastidiously for ticks every time we come back inside. Also, our main tick season has already happened. It goes bonkers here every late April, early May.