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  • Good people, it is 73 degrees today! I've opened almost all of the windows in the house and am spotting daffodils triumphantly ready to unfurl all over the knob our house sits on. @glennbenglish served this reuben with @chopshopbutchers pork pastrami, homemade Russian dressing, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut for lunch as a strong breeze swept thru the house and shook things up. YESSSSSS!
  • Clowning around. || Huxley tried out Tiny Tots Circus Playtime at Toy Boat Art Collective today and really enjoyed it!
  • Chatting about existentialism, and contradicting ourselves, and winter over on small measure today. || Into the woods behind our house.
  • 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!
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AAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!! It’s here! Spring is officially here! I think I heard the forest surrounding our house audibly sigh this morning. Maybe. I certainly know we three Englishes are most welcome for the change of seasons. Although I adore my wood stove, I have to say, the romance was fading fast these past few weeks….

I’m off to pick Huxley up from Starseed. Thursdays are “soup day” and he brought parsnips to contribute to the pot this morning (he kept calling them ” ‘Snips, ‘snips!!!”). They’re having a little spring equinox celebration there today. I am beyond grateful to have found this little gem of a place! The fact that it is located on the mountain ridge directly behind our property makes it all that much more magical in my eyes.

Happy, happy spring to you, wherever you are, with much love from our home to yours.

6 Responses to Spring!

  • Terry Lillie says:

    Spring has arrived in Iowa too!! Sunny day, green poking through the soil, cats lounging outdoors……..ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! I agree about the romance of a wood stove and winter, it is OVER! :) Spring Blessings to you and your family.

  • Michelle says:

    Spring, 3 feet of snow on the ground, but still so happy it is spring! Ah, life in northern Wisconsin! Love it though.

  • rae says:

    the snips were a delightful contribution! quite the little avid chopper you have there! :)

  • Molly says:

    Spring equinox, certainly, spring flower, yes. Hope the weather complies, too.
    Are those ramps coming up?

  • KC says:

    Snow drops and wild strawberries! I’m very happy for you. I feel the same way when the first summer monsoon storm rolls around! We wait more or less all of April, may and June for rain.