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What I’m Digging

Huxley Chicken Coop
Happy Friday, friends! It’s a blissful low-70’s kind of day here. In just a bit, my lovely Lark Books editor Nicole is coming over. It’s her birthday today, and we intend to celebrate it outdoors. Alongside Glenn’s stuff-of-legends hamburgers (and fries, too!), we’ll be enjoying s’mores with Whimsy & Spice marshmallows around the fire ring on our patio. There will also be beverages ‘a plenty, and gifts (I can’t share them here, though-she reads this blog!), and, later, she’ll slip down to the yome in our lower field, to rest up in a glorious dwelling in the woods.

Before I unplug from the online world to enjoy our time together, here’s a round-up of this and that’s that caught my attention this week:

*The time of pumpkin ale is back! I wait for it all year. This one is making me happy at present.

*Hard decisions come with keeping chickens. It’s not always eggs and feathers and silly chicken antics.

*Get going on the thing that you know you’re supposed to be doing!

*Russell is in my forest class. His lady friend, Katie, showed up in this amazing prototype field coat for last week’s class. Incredible, right?!

*Hashtag #hilarious!

*Claire lives in the dreamiest village in Ireland. Her blog is just as lovely as her environs.

*It’s garlic planting time!

*This children’s toadstool table and chairs set is SO incredible (and SO out of my budget!).

*Much as I love interacting digitally, I so, so prefer real time connections. This video offers a sense of why that is.

*Humans can do some beautiful things with their bodies.

Tomorrow, we’re off to see Sigor Ros. So very excited about our first live music show since becoming parents! Sunday I’ll be teaching my Home Dairy class. There’s still space in the class, so call Villagers to register!

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

*I post a photo of Huxley here each Friday because, truly, he’s what his Papa and I dig the most. Here he is en route to the chicken coop. He sure does love those fine, feathered friends! 

6 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Dana says:

    Hi there – I really wish I lived near you. I would love to take your classes. I’m currently living in San Diego in a tiny apartment trying desperately to grow herbs on my partly sunny tiny porch. Your blog is wonderful, thank you for all the great inspiration.

    • well, if you ever someday find yourself in the mountains of wnc, look me up! i regularly teach classes. thanks for stopping by!!!!

    • Erika DeMaggio says:

      I live out in Colorado and had the pleasure of attending one of Ashley’s canning demonstrations at Williams-Sonoma – it was so fun and educational. Definitely check her classes out if you get a chance! In the meantime, definitely grab her books- I got her Year of Pies and my family loves everything I’ve made from it so far!

  • I’m a 9/27 baby, too! and what a lovely birthday weekend it has been~ think I may bring Claire out next weekend for the True Nature Country Fair- if we come, I’ll definitely be checking out your home dairy class :)

    *what an amazing video of the dancer! wow!

  • Surya says:

    Thanks for the great links! I just tried to the one to “Claire’s blog”, but it doesn’t lead where I think it’s supposed to. Just thought you’d want to know. Thanks for your wonderful posts…

    • Huh. I just tried the link and it went straight through. Claire herself has also written me, telling me about all the folks coming over from here. Not sure why it’s not working for you. Sorry about that. Maybe try refreshing your screen and see if it works then?