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QUENCH

 

HANDMADE GATHERINGS

 

A YEAR OF PIES!

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: HOME DAIRY

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • 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
  • The cold never bothered me anyway ? Love exploring our woods in the winter.
  • Suckin' on icicles, out in the deep freeze. ??? Our fella sure does love his cold weather nature walks!
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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! Historically, Huxley has always been a late sleeper (I know, I know, poor me!). During our trip this past weekend, though, either the full moon shining in our room, or travel excitement, or, well, I don’t know what, but something had him waking up around 6-6:30 a.m. every day. Now that we’re home, I’ve found that it’s me that’s the early riser. I’ve always been a morning person, rolling right out of bed shiny-eyed, happy, and raring to go (again, poor me), but this new wake-up time is better than ever. I kiss my little guy’s head, quietly climb out of bed, put the kettle on for coffee, get myself a bowl of yogurt and honey, and settle in at the laptop before I hear the inevitable pitter patter of little feet getting out of the bed and running in to mama.

In other news, here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that intrigued and inspired me this week:

*It’s the season of leaf printing.
*Synesthetic Decorating is absolutely fascinating!
*This cat has his priorities right.
*Honeycomb pumpkins.
*Had a hazelnut gelato ice cream sandwich here that, on it’s own, made the trip totally worth it.
*Make 5 simple soaps.
*An apple a day really works!
*Met Gustav in Brooklyn; great guy, gorgeous jewelry.
*Corks as fire starters-who knew?
*A new book, and a special cake (fig & polenta, oh yes!).

We’re off in just over an hour to Sky Top, my beloved orchard. I’m hosting another event for the new book, Handmade Gatherings. Apples. Babies. Cider. Hay rides. Mountain vistas. Goats. Donuts. So. Much. Goodness!

Wherever you go this weekend, whatever you do, and whomever you do it with, may it be grand!

*I confess to dressing my “pumpkin” to match the patch, because that’s just how I do, ya’ll.

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