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What I’m Digging

Hello, friends! It’s an early morning for me today. I’ve been up for about 1 1/2 hours now, getting the animals fed and coffee made and, soon, a lunch and snacks and other essentials packed up for the first “Meet Our Appalachian Forests” class, which meets in just a few hours. This class is rife with information I’ve longed to learn, from tree, mushroom, and insect identification, to plant identification and their myriad culinary and medicinal uses. I’ve been picking  up small bits of such info on and off over the years, but never in a formal, intensive setting like this one. Time to get schooled!

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

*I’ve started to plan Huxley’s birthday party (it’s in October, and will have a pirate theme, yawr!!!!) and came across these fun natural-inspired party ideas for boys.

*Whole wheat cocoa nib sables? Say no more, I’m onboard.

*Put that jam in a cocktail!

*Loving Wild Honey Apothecary.

*Don’t feel like canning? Try out these 10 other ways of preserving food.

*It’s molting time for our fine-feathered friends, and Linda’s got tips for helping their grow back lovely plumage.

*Genius, simple hand built home.

*Stopped by the Compleat Naturalist yesterday to pick up a magnifying lense (hi Francis and Laura!) and saw that they sell my beekeeping book!

*Received a very thoughtful care package for the canning class I recently taught at Williams-Sonoma from manager Jon. It contained this custom gift tag stamp from Yellow Owl Workshop. It’s perfect! Thanks, Jon!

*Jen gave me this candle the other night as a belated birthday present. Heaven.

Alright friends, I gotta go get my nature on. Tomorrow is jam-packed, as well, with some book trailer work to kick the day off, followed by a Blessing Way for a soon-to-be mama friend, then a 2 year-old’s birthday party, and, lastly, a potluck birthday party for Eli. I’ve also got three flats of fall crops to set out in the garden. Phew. Busy! But good. All quite good.

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. He couldn’t get enough of the rocks, falls, and water at Graveyard Fields! 

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