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  • 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.
  • 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
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What I’m Digging


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Happy weekend, friends! Apologies for the break in “regular programming” here yesterday. There was some sort of damage to a major cable that cut off phone and internet service in our area for most of the day. Thankfully, the sun was shining, and we capitalized on it, in advance of today’s serious drop in temperature (and forecast for a small snowfall, oh, please, please!). Glenn grabbed a shovel and cut a trench into the creek beside our house, opening up a clogged up area. Huxley and I *helped*, moving around rocks to create a waterfall and just generally getting muddy. Now, from our porch, you can hear the gently rushing creek. Glorious!

After that, we headed into town, to experience Huxley’s first ever live music show, courtesy of Yo Gabba Gabba. It also happened to be the first live show Glenn and I have had a chance to go to since becoming parents, so we were equally pumped. To say it was wild would be a massive understatement. Toddler and babies everywhere! Flashing lights! Booming bass beats! Dancing! Costumes! Confetti! Bubble machines! During intermission, there were messages on the screen promoting locally grown food, recycling, and waste prevention. Far, far surpassed my hopes for a children’s show.

Huxley vacillated between being completely enthralled and ready to get out of dodge, pronto (“I’m all done! I want to go to my car!”, he yelled a few times). In the final analysis, later, at dinner, he assured us he’d had fun. Sometimes, when I’m really excited about something, and in a large crowd, I get this feeling like I’m going to cry. That always happens at parades (even when I’m watching the Macy’s parade on t.v.!), and it definitely happened when we walked into the auditorium yesterday. I think I’m just sort of picking up on everyone’s excitement and get overwhelmed. So much fun.

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

*Sally Fallon has a new book for babies and children!
*A hot, soaking bath sounds perfect today, and these bath salts would be the ideal accompaniment.
*Heard about Bernd on Soulemama this week, and am now determined to get this book.
*Speaking of books, I’ve got to get this natural party book for the tiny Englishman.
*A year with one square-mete of old growth Tennessee forest.
*Nature is my Valentine.
*Karen’s homemade beef broth.
*Rose water.
*Gorgeous cover of a Nick Drake song.
*Donuts! In Asheville! Yes! Please!

As I’ve written this, the promised snow has begun to pummel down. YAY! Now, if it will only stick…..Our weekend plans include lots of indoor activities, like organizing (I’m looking at you, office/craft room/guest room), cooking, cuddling, and resting.

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

 

8 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Melanie J. says:

    Hey sweetie! Was wondering about you folks yesterday, glad to hear it was just internet issues. Enjoy the snow, I’m wondering if we’ll get more than flurries here.

  • felicia n says:

    Thanks for the link, I think just about everything Lisa Hannigan does is gorgeous.

  • jen says:

    Love that Asheville might be getting a few more sweet & simple desert options downtown – I feel it’s one of the things missing after a dinner out if you want dessert somewhere else. There is a place at the Outer Banks called Duck Donuts and they are AMAZING. I’ve said for years I’d love for something like that here in town – looks like I’ll be getting my wish!

    The Nick Drake covers are wonderful, thanks for sharing the link.

  • Melanie says:

    Cool! Thanks for the tip on “life everlasting”. sounds like a really interesting read!

  • Beth says:

    I love Bernd Heinrich’s books. His autobiography, The Snoring Bird, is a fascinating read. I have also used this video about him to inspire my biology students: http://www.jancannonfilms.com/berndheinrichfilm.htm
    Enjoy!

  • Heather says:

    We took our kiddo to see Yo Gabba Gabba when they came to Philly a few weeks ago. I’m not sure who loved the show more…me and hubs or our son!

  • Marcy says:

    The link for donuts in Asheville isn’t working! I’m dying to know where we can get good donuts!

  • Georgette A. Howington says:

    Hi! I have a habit of hitting the send button twice thus my postings are showing up twice. AUGH. Perhaps this time I can avoid that. So sorry about that. The books you mention here are amazing. I put both on my wish-list to give my husband! “Life Everlasting; the Animal Way of Death,” by Bernd Heinrich, appears fascinating and timely. More humans are beginning to understand that animals do communicate, have feelings, make decisions, etc. We may not fully realize how they do this but to undermine their abilities is being naive and certainly adds to the misconceptions that we have the right to manipulate them and the environment without paying consequences. “The Forest Unseen, ” by David Haskell is also a breakthrough topic and in subtle ways about a small footprint that is a microcosm of a larger picture. Thank you for sharing!