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  • 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
  • Yesterday marked the very last photo shoot for my upcoming picnic book. 20 picnics, showcasing all 4 seasons, DONE! Snow, the necessary
  • The cold never bothered me anyway ? Love exploring our woods in the winter.
  • Suckin' on icicles, out in the deep freeze. ??? Our fella sure does love his cold weather nature walks!
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Signs of the Times

Ah, yes. Spring has sprung. And although it is hovering around 49 degrees today, and although Huxley and his Papa and I all wore hats and sweaters and turtlenecks and wool socks out to have breakfast with my cousin and her family this morning, and although hot beverages and flannel blankets are still the order of the day, spring is definitely here.


There’s proof everywhere I look on our property. From the hellebores, cold frame seedlings, flowering quince, budding tulip and forsythia and apple tree blossoms pictured above to the buds on ginkgo and dogwood trees, purple martin nests in the birdhouse, and wisteria sending vines up onto the entry porch, spring is definitely here to stay in this forest abode.

To see more springtime hints chez English, check this out.

8 Responses to Signs of the Times

  • Miss Minty says:

    Tulip leaves!

    This is my first spring following your blog, so I'm really excited to see more pictures of your lovely property!

  • Lovely photos! Spring sprung here, as well, in PA…although today surprised us with *snow*! Ack! I am not too down-trodden though, because I know that it *will* melt soon! :)

  • Helena says:

    Wow, a real spring. I blinked, and ours is gone. We seem to be well on our way to summer here (FL). :)

  • Christine R says:

    By the looks of your pictures, your a couple weeks ahead of me here in central Ontario. We still have taps in maple trees and only the crocuses have starting to peak through the lawn. Our home is full of the sweet smell of maple sap as it's being boiled down on the stove. We've collected 26 gallons thus far; 5 3/4 of that being just yesturday!!! (First time I've ever done a conversion from litres to gallons!)

  • Melanie J. says:

    If you see a rather large person climbing underneath your forsythia bush, it's me :) OK, JK, I live in Florida, but seeing that pic took me right back to CT when I was a kid and I'd take snacks and a book under our massive forsythia in the front yard. Thanks for the flashback!

  • I would do anything to see some tulips or green right now! I am so jealous Ashley!

  • Amanda says:

    I recently found my way to your blog and am enjoying it quite a bit~ we are not so far down the road in Black Mt, also with a first babe (14 months), a few chickens and plans to add bees very very soon…… I've been looking at your bee and chicken books and think I'll just have to add them to my collection soon!

    Just yesterday I was out taking pictures of our wisteria and lilacs ready to burst, the creeping phlox and violets. Spring has sprung, indeed!

  • Ilix says:

    Ah spring, it's lovely. Personally I started my seeds today, can't wait to plant them outside already!