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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.
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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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Views & Shoes

I’m not prone to hyperbolic statements. Never have been. It’s just not my style. That said, I’m about to make one. Here it is: I really don’t think I could ever live somewhere that doesn’t offer seasonal changes.

The riot of color that is autumn is such a part of my reality, such a core component of my lived experiences and expectations that taking it away would be as shocking a blow to what I’m come to expect in this life as the sun not rising every morning.

And it’s not just the color of autumn that I love, although I do like the pretty. I very much like the pretty. More so, it’s the silent reminder of the ephemeral nature of things. Everything changes. Difficult situations change. Stress changes. What seems insurmountable now, it too, changes.

Leaves changing color and floating either gently to the ground, or tumbling down on big bursts of wind like they are now as I sit outside trying to type without being blown over give silent yet sturdy “this too shall pass” reminders. I like that. I need that, really, to keep me moving forward. That’s the curious thing about noticeable seasonal changes like fall foliage, winter snowstorms, spring buds, or summer rain storms-they simultaneously enthrall and captivate and hold you right here, right now, while intimating, silently, that it’s all gonna change, before you know it.

I’m also quite smitten with my new shoes. These days, it takes a hearty list of criteria-meeting for me to purchase a new pair of shoes. They must be sturdy, yet comfortable. Functional yet fashionable. I take my shoe purchases seriously, you see. These new Clarks made the cut. I broke them in during our trip up north and they’ve been nothing but wonderful ever since.

Shoes and views. There you have it.

5 Responses to Views & Shoes

  • Melanie J. says:

    Happy early birthday, Huxley!!! We’re in Mount Pisgah on his b’day, so wanted to get that in. Have a great weekend, y’all!

  • ~JackieVB says:

    …this too shall pass. Boy I really needed to hear that today. I absolutely love autumn and usually feel invigorated by the cool air and vibrant colors but have to admit I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately. Your words here may just be a little sign from above that everything will be all right. And I guess I need to snap out of it so I can enjoy my favorite season.
    Cute shoes by the way, Clarks are very comfortable and I own a couple pairs of slip-ons but I like the outdoorsy laceups you’re sporting there.

  • Brooke says:

    OMG, I wore Clark Treks all the years I was in college and beyond!!! I even turned my dad on to them way back in the day. They are the BEST shoes in the world, second only to clogs (Sanita or Dansko, for me, since Olafs have gone the way of falling leaves and passing thunderstorms). The reason they come in second is that clogs give me a little added height, something I’m losing gradually with age, and also are nice insulators for cold weather. I did love my Treks though; even had them restitched after all those years when they split up the middle seam. Great pictures, Ashley. If I lived there, I’d never leave!!

  • Lois says:

    I too love autumn. I have lived in areas that didn’t have seasonal changes (like Phoenix Az) and hated it. I learned an important lesson about myself during that time period. I mark happenings in my life by the seasons. Without seasons it’s hard to remember exactly when something happened.

    Btw, there are no words to properly express the feelings I had seeing your photos, so I will only say they are amazing.

  • Susan says:

    Ashley, I’m a friend of your hubby’s from Antioch. I just wanted to pop in and say hello and greetings from the UK. I swear by Clarks for good, sturdy footwear that is timeless in my opinion. You have a beautiful life!