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Summer And Sweet Lavender

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Edited picWhere has the summer gone….June and July just flewwwww  by, and here goes August…Sigh.. Cheers to mellow September!! I’m past due on my blog posts…my only excuse is that this is our Peak Of Season on our U-pick Lavender Farm,  and also harvest time 🙂 My life is a blurrrrr, that is “a calm blur” 😉

Our 10 annual Lavender DAZE Festival was a huge success once again!! We want to thank everyone that traveled out for the day, or Daze 🙂 We were delighted with music by Moe Dixon…again, Pete Krebs & Portland Playboys, Victor Johnson, Richard Tillinghast & Onehum, MacMillan, McAlexander & Bell Trio, and Barlow Road!! Such great tunes! There were many dancers, children and adults all found it irresistible! Family fun relaxing together in the calm fields of lavender, close to nature. Pure bliss!!

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Joe Bon & I, Lavender Lady, Chillin at our 10th Annual Lavender DAZE 🙂 Summer time for family fun and making memories!! Thanks to everyone that traveled out to join us in our celebration of lavender!!!!! We <3 YOU!

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IMG_5013We had Wahkeena Exposures as our professional photographer at our Lavender DAZE Festival!! Thank you Cari Gesch for all the Awesome photos you took!! You are an extremely talented, gifted photographer, and wonderful friend!!

Best pic Wahkeena

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Lovely English Lavender, Blue River dried bouquets for decor in my retail cottage.
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We all enjoyed Solstice Wood Fire Pizza at our DAZE 🙂 Thank you Arron for providing your awesome pizza delights!

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Everyone also enjoyed a juicy Peach from Doris, with Fortner Farms! Local fruit from our beautiful Hood River Valley!! Awe….a lil sweet taste of  heaven!!

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Our awesome gals assisted in making our 10 annual Oregon Lavender DAZE a fabulous event!!! Thank you special ladies!!!

Our summer harvest has been a huge bounty again this year! Many Angustifolia bouquets were harvested and dried for sales in our retail cottage at our U-pick lavender farm, and on our website. We steam distilled a large quantity of precious calming lavender essential oil!!  Many folks traveled out to our Upick lavender farm to stroll around, relax in a chair or just lie in the grass and enjoy the calming lavender aroma, and cut their own lovely lavender bouquet to take home and enjoy the beautiful sweet aroma.

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We had the most wonderful time meeting new faces, and friends that visited over the summertime!!Thank you for your love and support through the years…We love you!!

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With summertime on a wrap……. I feel like I can enjoy a few more moments of leisure 🙂 perhaps laying in the grass reading a good book, taking a short nap, or playing with my sweet lab, Ella!! She is 7 months old…pure joy and energy that keeps me on my lavender toes 🙂 And you will be thrilled to know that our greeter for the past 9 years, Sadie girl, is still going strong at 14 years old! We are thankful for each day that we have her with us still! Ella is giving her a reason to get up and PLAY  🙂

We hope you had a wonderful summer! Cheers and blessings to you,  happy mellow September!

XO Lavender Lady

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Few Of My Favorite Things At Christmas

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My Mother and I enjoyed the Christmas Carols at the Advent Concert this week. It brought back sweet memories of our family gatherings when Grandmother would play the piano, or her Mandolin, as we sang our favorite Christmas Carols, “Joy The World and Hark The Herald Angels Sing” ! Hearing these songs again inspires a spirit of caring,  love, and sharing with family & friends, and there’s nothing more wonderful than that!

With the chilly temperatures and snow falling outside I get inspired to bake some of our favorite cookies and breads, with a cup of  hot chocolate in hand!  Awe…the traditions and memories of baking with my dear daughter when she was younger, these are such fond memories! I still love to bake gingerbread cookies, only now I make it with a twist…”Lavender Gingersnaps”, or “Molasses Lavender Cutout Cookies”. Culinary Lavender is a great compliment with ginger and molasses. Another favorite recipe of mine is Christmas “Stollen” German Bread, and Christmas “Panettone” Italian Bread. I fill these breads with dried Pluots, raisins and nuts, “soaked overnight in Brandy or Rum”…that’s my secret to this wonderful holiday bread.

After a day of baking,  I have the urge to get out doors and play!! I invited a couple young girls from next door, and their Mother to join me.  We had a wonderful  Snow day, making Snow Gals!! Do you ever feel “Upside Down” like our snowman from the stress of life?…Inhale the calming aroma of lavender essential oil, then get outside and play in the Snow…if you’re luck to have some! Our dog Sadie loves to help out too, and pose for photos afterward 🙂

A beautiful white blanket covers the lavender, transforming the garden into our Winter Wonderland!  We are thankful for the beauty that surrounds us, and fills our lives. <3

Merry Christmas, and may you enjoy wonderful moments with your family and friends this holiday season! Have a peaceful, joyous, and safe holiday! Best to you always,

Lavender Lady

First Snow Of The Season

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Our first snow at our lavender farm for the season. More is in the forecast and we welcome it! Here are a few pictures that I took as I strolled around the farm admiring the “White Beauty”!

Lovely White Beauty! I look forward to getting my cross-country skis out! 🙂

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas to all!