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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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Weekend Review

People! What a weekend! It was epic-visually, culinarily, and, most importantly, celebrationally. Our little guy is now officially a 2 year-old. He entered with a bang on 10/21/10 at 10:20 p.m. and has been going strong ever since. We adore having him in our lives and am thrilled to be his parents.

We welcomed friends and family for a pumpkin-centered gathering for the occasion and enjoyed food, crafts, and collectively created decor. There was pumpkin ale and hot cider (with rum, whiskey, or apple brandy for the older set, whole cloves and cinnamon sticks for the littles). There was a glorious bonfire. There was a train set from Pop Pop and a scooting tractor from Gigi. There was goodness all around.

An impromptu excursion up on the Blue Ridge Parkway to check out the peaking foliage was in order, as well. The sharp contrast between the cerulean blue sky and mustard, gold, sienna, crimson, and green leaves was a glorious sight to behold.

Hope the week ahead brings nothing but happiness for you and yours!

7 Responses to Weekend Review

  • Annie says:

    Whoa, you guys could have spit on our house, you were so close. We live very near the bridge there in South Asheville. Your weekend looks awesome, and I’m a little jealous, as we have spent literally every day of this glorious fall inside with a horrible, horrible cold, so I’ll have to live a little through your pictures.

  • Cole B. says:

    Happy two years to your little one. Also, that tunnel looks beautiful.

  • Emily says:

    Swooning over that gorgeous mountain scenery…

  • Betty Minnes says:

    Lovely pictures!

  • Melanie J. says:

    I practically squealed at those pictures, they’re so similar to ours from the weekend. We headed to Charlotte on Saturday, then home Sunday, but my head is still in the Blue Ridges and anxious to get the move underway. Again, a big happy birthday to the little Englishman! :)

  • ddu says:

    Happy Birthday, little man. I lived in Hendersonville when that bridge south of Asheville was under construction, and I got to walk out to the edge of the abyss to see the great pillars going up — couldn’t do that nowadays!

    I love your photos too, but I wish they were in focus more often — is your camera working as it should? Our NC mountains deserve crisp visuals when they put on their fiery autumnal show. Best wishes!

  • Happy happy birthday! What fun!
    And the B R Parkway! One of my favorite drives of my life! Even though it tried to kill us with occasional fog in some spots so thick we couldn’t see a thing. But I won’t hold that against it!