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HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • 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!
  • 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
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Weekend Review

Happy Monday, friends! Hope you had a good weekend. Ours was full of all of this goodness:

*Grilled cheese, 3 ways
*Mountaintop farm vistas
*Fresh eggs
*Apple trees
*Red okra
*Baby chicks
*Pepper farms
*Smoking peppers
*Future farmers of America
*Honey extracting with friends
*Autumn frittatas on the patio
*A wood-fired mountain-side pizza party

It was unquestionably the most idyllic welcome to autumn I could have ever imagined or possibly hoped for. And a great way of relaxing in preparation for our pending trip this weekend-NYC, we 3 Englishes are coming your way!

Here’s wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

*Little images from me; big ones from Nicole.

2 Responses to Weekend Review

  • EcoGrrl says:

    Lovely photos as usual! You need to have a B&B so I can visit and take Ashley Workshops :)

    Suggestion – maybe you could consider in the future putting captions under each of them so we can read about what we are looking at as we go rather than scrolling back and forth to the bottom to figure out what we’re looking at?

  • Ditto on the workshops! :) I love every one of your posts, they are all so great! Question: Have you ever had Auracauna chickens? We have 3 of them, along with 2 barred rock and 1 rhode island red. Do you know when the Auracaunas start laying? I have your “Keeping Chickens” book and ADORE it. Along with every single one of your other books ;). We are slowly going from a very busy life in a newer subdivision and hoping to transition to a smaller home with enough land to do the types of things you’re doing. Thanks so much for your great posts and your awesome examples.