What I’m Digging
Happy Friday, friends, and Happy Solstice, too! Last night, before turning in, I pulled out a hooded sweatshirt and put it on the floor beside the bed (let me pause for one minute and give a shout out to hoodies; love ’em!). I anticipated needing it the minute I awoke, and that guess was spot on. When I checked the thermostat on our front porch around 7:45 a.m. this morning, it read 58 degrees. YES! The fact that it is late June, the very first day of summer, in fact, and I can roll out of bed (after sleeping under a down comforter!) and put on a hoodie makes me exceptionally happy. I don’t fare too well in hot weather-loose my mojo. But a crisp, cool, summer mountain morning? Oh, yeah. That I’ll take, and flourish in.
I’ve got a 5-part “Gardening With Kids” series happening over on HGTV Gardens blog. My first post was on creating Wild Pollinator Houses with your children, and my latest post is on creating a custom gardening tote for the kiddos in your life. I had the pleasure of meeting up with my editor at HGTV Gardens, Felicia Feaster, and her 12 year-old son, Addison, downtown for lunch yesterday. I feel honored to be abel to work with an educational powerhouse like HGTV Gardens and I’ve got Felicia to thank for that!
ALSO, do take a moment to watch this video on the Taproot Gathering at Squam. I’ll be teaching two classes there, one on pickling & jamming (it’s a thing) and one on creating homemade dairy products. From recent chats with Amanda and Elizabeth (the force behind the Squam Art Workshops), this event promises to be one to be long remembered.
In other news, here’s a smattering of this and that’s that caught my attention this week:
*Crushing on Gather Journal.
*I’ve had hurricane lamps on the brain lately. How gorgeous are these from Garrett Wade?!
*Bits of loveliness from local designer Joti Marra Ramsey.
*Great products, outstanding branding, and Port Townsend, Washington beauty? I’m sold.
*Sigur Ros is coming to Asheville and we got tickets! Woot! First adult music show since becoming a parent!!!
*Just discovered Melissa Weiss, a local ceramicist. So. Much. Beauty.
*Local cider is here in Asheville, created by my longtime buddy Trevor Baker (we met in college, 18 years ago!) and his crew.
We’re busy prepping pies for Barbara Swell’s annual Retro Pie Contest tomorrow. We went last year, and sampled over 100 pies. Holy pie hole! We also hit up Jack Young Greenhouses again yesterday. They’re still going strong with their annual 50% off sale, and will be for the next few weeks, so head on over there and show them some love (and tell them I sent you!).
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. Here he is enjoying a tractor last Friday at the Biltmore Estate (we have annual passes), one of his most abiding pleasures in life.