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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.
  • 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.
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What I’m Digging

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Happy Friday, friends! We’re on the tail end of some rain and overcast skies here. Yesterday was bananas-a high of 38 degrees F, in April! The daffodils and forsythia didn’t know what to make of it, and neither did I.

My sister, Devan, was visiting this past week. She flew in Saturday evening, just in time for our egg gathering (and to help me fill eggs with candy, prep silk scarves for dyeing, cut flowers for decorating, and so. much. more. Thank you!!!). We took her to the airport for her return flight home to Florida yesterday. It’s always bittersweet whenever my sisters visit. Sweet because their company is so very welcome, yet bitter because I always end up kind of bummed out and sulky for a few days after they leave. Sisters are wonderful creatures to have (at least mine are!); we’d both put on our “fat pants” (aka house pants) come sundown, have a little cocktail each night, play with Huxley, listen to music, catch each other up on family gossip and YouTube silliness, internet surf, take little treks into town, sip our coffee in the morning, and just enjoy the comfort that comes from being around someone you’ve known since before they were born. She’ll be back this summer, so, I’ll bide my time until then.

In other news, I’ve got a bit of writing up elsewhere you might enjoy. My monthly English Lessons column is up over on Verve. I’m chatting about what can be learned from enjoying spring’s ephemeral wild flowers. Also, I’ve started profiling artisans over on Madesmith, an online national resource of makers. My debut profile is of Brooklyn-based ceramicist Clair Catillaz, whose work is simply beautiful.

Where’s a smattering of this and that’s that caught my attention this week:

*Been enjoying getting to know Farm Made.
*The Asheville Wild Foods Market opens tomorrow!
*Definitely getting a copy of this.
*Natural pain relievers.
*Use hibiscus for red highlights!
*Great book for those who want to grow but have very limited space.
*I’m working on an entire Sow True Seed (a local company) garden this year. For every order now through Earth Day, the company is giving away a free packet of sunflower seeds!
*This set would so match my kitchen (and my love of enamelware!).
*So pretty.
*I can definitely get behind the idea of healing beers.

I’ll be working on some freelance bits this weekend, along with starting seeds, developing beverage recipes, stopping by the farmer’s market for opening day (and that wild foods market mentioned above!), possibly seeing friends from out of town, and otherwise enjoying life.

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 each Friday because, truly, he’s what his Papa and I dig the most! 

4 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Julie says:

    I am laughing very hard right now because I just ordered the healing beer book for my husband for father’s day. I saw it at the local brew shop we frequent, and it looks really good. Thanks for a good chuckle.

  • Candice says:

    Thank you for the link to natural pain relievers. I rarely take anything except during a short period in the spring and fall when seasonal allergies kick in and my sinuses give me a fit! If you or your readers have any suggestions for a natural decongestant, I’m all ears. Also, I’m ordering the healing beer book for my husband (a home-brewer), he’ll love it! I always love your What I’m Digging posts, you provide such excellent ideas and links!

  • emily english says:

    Love the quick bit about your sisters…my sister and I have a very similar relationship to what you described above, especially that special comfort that comes from knowing one another since we were born. What a great way to describe it. We don’t live in the same town and goodbyes are always bittersweet, too. Funny enough, her name is Ashley English! Her husband found your books when they were looking for more information on chickens…we all had a great laugh at the serendipity and it no doubt endeared us to your writing immediately. Our family owns multiple books between us and though I’ve never been a blog follower (of anyone) before, I’ve somehow taken to yours. Many thanks for all you share!

  • The Barefoot Crofter says:

    Hooray for Sisters and fat pants! My sister came to visit from Canada last month and we had such a good time. Lots of seed sowing happening here this week – growing food is such an amazing process.
    Love your portrait xx