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  • 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.
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  • 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
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Squawk Talk

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It’s time to chat chickens, friends! If you’ve been thinking about getting a flock of laying hens, now’s the time to bone up on your fine-feathered knowledge and learn about all that’s involved in moving you from a poultry enthusiast to a full-time chicken tenderer. I’ll be teaching two classes in Asheville next month. Spring is an ideal time for getting started in the world of chicks, pullets, hens, and roosters, and I look forward to helping you learn the basics to get you started.

 

Backyard Chickens Classes

1) Sunday, March 3rd, Small Terrain, 5.7 p.m.. More information can be found here.

2) Thursday, March 7th, AB-Tech, 6-8:30 p.m.. More information can be found here.

 

*Image from Keeping Chickens, Lark Books. Taken by Lynne Harty. 

4 Responses to Squawk Talk

  • Kaitlin Jenkins says:

    I won’t be raising any new chicks this year, but we’ll continue with our four laying hens we raised two years ago. I have your book ‘Keeping Chickens’ sitting right on my nightstand, love it!

  • Kaitlin Jenkins says:

    Do you have a favorite breed? What types are in your flock right now? Since we can only have four hens, I have a brown leghorn, a rhode island red, a black star, and an ameracauna who lays beautiful blue eggs. She’s the most friendly so I’d have to say that’s probably my favorite breed in my limited experience.

  • Melanie says:

    This is such a great book, Ashley! My 10 year old daughter is SO into chickens, and really needed the next step up from “kids” books to adult, with an abundance of information, but not overwhelming with technical terms that are more conducive to large flocks rather than the small home flock we keep. Your book was the perfect stepping stone for her. And I refer to it occasionally as well, even after keeping chickens for almost 20 years. Thank you for this gift of information and beauty. http://www.chickenlovesheepdreams@blogspot.ca

  • Hollie says:

    Ahhh! I wish I lived closer, I would love to take one of your classes. Before we got our flock, yours was the one book I bought and it has now become my chicken bible. The one thing I never realized is how attached to them I would become, they are truly a part of our family.