What I'm Digging


Happy Friday, friends! How has this entire summer passed already? I last visited this space over 3 months ago. Three months! Lately, it’s truly felt like time is on warp speed. My days are fast and furious, and then they’re over and it’s all I can do to crawl into bed and feel my weary spine rest against the comfort of the mattress, my head melt into the pillows. Such is life at 42 with spirited, wild, wiggly 7 and 1 1/2 year old children, I suppose! By the way, if it gets quiet around here, don’t worry-you can always find me on my social media feeds, where I regularly post: InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

Okay, Huxley is away at school, Glenn and Alistair are out at baby gym, and I’ve got a photo shoot for Taproot with Erin Adams about to take place shortly, so I’m going to hustle and share some links with you and get back to working hard in an empty house! Tomorrow is the Fall Equinox, and from then on out according to the weather forecast, days are only supposed to get into the 70’s and 60’s here in the mountains for the foreseeable future. Can I get an AMEN?! I. Am. So. Ready.

Here’s a smattering of this and that’s that caught my attention recently:

*In line with my Anglophile leanings, I’m completely smitten with this BBC program The Great British Garden Revival. Well known British gardeners champion the cause of taking back green spaces and gardens across the UK, from meadows to cottage gardens. Yes, it’s just as charming as you might imagine it to be.

*I’ll take one of these screened in sleeping/napping/resting/reading/being cabins in the woods, please and thank you.

*Rebecca Sullivan’s book The Art Of the Natural Home is checking all of my interest boxes.

*Fruit flies are ALWAYS an issue for us each August-September. Found this helpful all-natural solution.

*Skip the baby shower and throw a postpartum party instead. Or, perhaps, have both, with different friends helping to host and arrange each one?

*I am always looking for ways to reduce waste at home, and I found this definitive guide to storing food without plastic to be very helpful.

*I own all of Karen Solomon’s cookbooks, which cover all manner of preserving techniques. Her newest title, on preserving protein rich foods, is speaking my language: Cured Meat, Smoked Fish & Pickled Eggs: Recipes & Techniques for Preserving Protein-Packed Foods.

*I’ve got apple-picking on my mind, after going to a local orchard yesterday with Huxley’s school. Find an orchard, or pumpkin patch, or corn maze, near you!

*Recently picked up a copy of Robin Wall Kimmerer’s book Braiding Sweetgrass, and cannot wait to dive into it!

*This new show has all kinds of Lost vibes to it. I’ll give it a go and see if it can rival one of my all-time favorite tv series.


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

Ashley English