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What I’m Digging

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Happy Saturday, friends! Yesterday found us up and out and busy all day, with appointments and errands and so much more. Today we were greeted by sheets of rain (and an overnight thunderstorm-delicious!), but decided to gear up and head out anyways. A trip to the farmer’s market provided such delicacies as mini tartlets with roasted radishes and leeks over arugula pesto, ramp-riddled goat cheese, currant croissants, local pork breakfast sausage, and crazy hot chocolate ghost peppers. Lunch was followed by toy and book store perusing. Everyone got something they wanted, including a cappuccino for mama.

In other news, here’s a smattering of this and that’s that caught my attention this week:
*Get your balcony gardening questions answered.
*Kids + germs=a very good thing.
*Kathryn and her husband relocated to France via his work; been really enjoying her gorgeous posts lately!
*You definitely want to enter this giveaway of 10 (!!!) Weck jars.
*How cool are these Kootsac reusable bulk bags?
*Expert transplanting tips.
*Tasha Tudor’s garden (it’s in Japanese, but it’s still gorgeous, via Imagine Childhood).
*Love the bubbles on this vintage pitcher.
*Looked at this at the bookstore today and now I’m dreaming of a trip to the U.K. (not to mention rambling flower gardens, ivy clad cottages, and hidden, secret gardens).
*This Japanese patisserie and ceramics studio just opened in Asheville’s River Arts District; can’t wait to check it out!

In just a bit, I plan to mix Glenn and I some gin & tonics, courtesy of a bottle of Barr Hill my friend (very, very good friend, yes?) Sharon sent me to try out. Then I think the rest of the weekend will involve a mix of gardening, snuggling, Sunday morning challah french toast, steak dinner, roast chicken Sunday lunch, and cuddling. Always with the cuddling.

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 weekend because, truly, he’s what his Papa and I dig the most.

11 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Kat says:

    Tasha Tudor!

  • Melanie J. says:

    Hickory Nut Gap sausage? We are huge fans now! Alas, the rain kept us from the North market for the first time in weeks, but finally checked out West last Tuesday (wwwdotdarkmeadowfarmdotcom). Hugs to you, girl!

  • Bee Girl says:

    Great links this week! I especially love the piece about germs, dirt and our immune systems! Good stuff :-)

  • KC says:

    Thank you so much for linking up to my blog! I am humbled :)

    That Tasha Tudor link is so cool!

    BTW your canning book is the only one that made it with me to France. In the normal grocery store here you can buy canning jars that look much like weck jars. Oh yes and I just found out something really cool, if you find mushrooms here and don’t know what they are you can take them to your local pharmacy and they will identify them for you. Every pharmacist is required to be certified in mushroom identification. There are enough people in France hunting for mushrooms that you need it!

  • Hazel says:

    If you ever do come to the UK, come and say hi (or use our sofa bed for a night or two)!

    We’re between Oxford and Blenheim Palace, the Cotswolds and Stratford Upon Avon so quite usefully situated for sightseeing :-)

    Great links. I was talking to a friend this morning about connections between the eczema her son has on his hands and the antibacterial soap in her cloakroom. Will send her the link, thanks.

  • JamieK says:

    Thanks so much for sharing the Tasha Tudor’s Garden video. I have loved her artwork most of my life and her garden is just as beautiful!

  • Imagine Childhood says:

    Isn’t that video great?!?! Thanks for the link!

  • Melanie Ashton says:

    Hi Ashley,
    Glad things are going so well on Small Measure!
    Just a quick note to let you know how little retreat in Segur is now available to rent: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/961212
    best
    Mel.

    • oh, goodness, mel. that place of yours is sheer heaven. once huxley is a bit older, we’ll most definitely make our way over. thanks for letting me know!

  • mollie says:

    I have been loving coming to your site. I just got two of your books (chickens and bees) and our whole family is loving them. Thank you!