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  • Felt a shift in the air today, this afternoon in particular. The veil is getting thin. You feeling it, too?
  • SO much love for @forvillagers and her heavenly homesteading/hearth-tending supply store in West Asheville. Stopped in today for a bag of organic chicken feed and to see what's new in the shop. I'll be teaching a
  • The hills are alive. Looking Glass Rock in the distance, as seen today from the #blueridgeparkway .
  • My favorite part of all of these photo shoots for my upcoming  picnic book has been eating the props! Enjoyed this pumpkin whoopie pie today on an impromptu picnic with @glennbenglish and Huxley on the #blueridgeparkway.
  • What it's all about.
  • Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina at suuuuunset. ?
  • They won't fess up for certain, but I'm fairly sure the flock finds autumn to be their favorite season, too.
  • To celebrate all the photo shoots that we completed this week (three in 8 days!!!), we took it easy this morning, and whipped up this challah French toast, stacked with my homemade peach lavender butter, Foothills bacon, rosemary candied pecan pieces, and sorghum molasses blended with maple syrup.
  • Thank you, @marissalippert and @thecuriouseye, for being the models at today's
  • Pretty lovely setting for a picnic photo shoot today, and glorious weather, to boot! #wwllt
  • Hosted a, like, totally radical birthday party yesterday for our TMNT-loving little dude. There was a dojo for sparring, a breakdancing area (with a playlist of Huxley's favorite jams to dance to), a DIY ooze-making station (made with water, Borax, clear craft glue, and green food coloring), a candy-filled turtle piñata (whacked with Donatello's bo staff, naturally), homemade pizza (made by @glennbenglish, AKA Sensei Splinter), gifts, and a
  • One of my favorite aspects of autumn is the return of panini-pressed sandwiches. Made this turkey, Jarlsberg, Mojito slaw (cabbage & mint), and quince chutney (with fruits from my mom's quince bush) number today. Best enjoyed on the patio as autumn foliage drifts down from above.
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What I’m Digging

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Happy Friday, friends! Oh, the wind in this cove last night. THE. WIND! I honestly thought, what with all the creaking and shrieking and moving and shaking going on outside that we might have a tree come down. Or the roof blown off. Or the power go out. And yet, thankfully, none of those things happened. We did, though, get a tiny, whispery, taunting dust of snow. It’s the first real snow Huxley has ever seen. He seemed to dig it, yelling every time he saw a bit from one of the windows in the house “Snow Mama. Two snows!” (he says “two” of anything whenever he wants to indicate more than “one”-hilarious, and yet, brilliant!).

For those of you interested in such things, today is the Celtic first day of Spring, or Imbolc. On this day, ancient Celts would celebrate the imminent return of spring. In the Irish climate, the early indications of spring’s arrival appear in February. On Imbolc, the Celts paid homage to Brigid, a goddess revered for her gifts of poetry, healing, and metal-smithing. The fiery Brigid invoked the notions of fire and rebirth.

On these dark days of winter, so cold and frosty, it’s important to generate heat, both literally and figuratively. I’ll be gathering with several lovely ladies tomorrow, to photograph an event for my book Handmade Gatherings (due Spring 2014, Roost Books). It’s entitled “Heartwarming”, and will include such warming activities as hot fires, candlelight, blankets, warming comfort foods, hot libations, crafting heat-generating body care products and, last but not least, dancing. Because, truly, what gets the heart pumping more than some good old booty shaking?

In other news, here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that caught my attention this week:

*How gorgeous does Aran’s trip to Sitka look? Sigh.
*Jessie & Melanie render their own lard.
*Thinking of starting a blog? Victoria’s got some great advice.
*Exquisitely gorgeous.
*The story behind Bee Man candles.
*With foraging season approaching, I’m on the hunt for a great pack basket.
*Winter citrus!!!
*I’d like one of these.
*And while I’m pining for things, I’ll take one of these, too.
*Fentinman’s Rose Lemonade is one of the most exquisitely delicious things I have ever tasted. Get you some.
*These ladies show you how to make your own tinctures!

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

I always post a photo of Huxley here on Friday, because, truly, he’s what his Papa and I dig the most! 

 

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