This summer gave me many opportunities to spread the word about lavender. Today I sat down at my desk to reflect and write about my top ten experiences during the summer of 2010.
1. June 12th was a day that fulfilled a life-long dream. I presented a “Cooking with Lavender” workshop at my all-time favorite garden center – Swanson’s.
2. July 10th, I was invited to Bellingham to talk at Village Books about lavender and how to use it in the kitchen. Village books is located in Fairhaven.
3. Visiting Lavender Wind Farm on Whidbey Island made me appreciate the beauty in the northwest. This farm has a lavender labyrinth.
As I walked through the maze, I looked up at the snow-capped Olympic Mountains against a blue sky.
4. Another dream come true for me was participating in the Sequim Lavender Festival. In 2010, Mary Borland invited me to her farm, Olympic Lavender Farm. I met many people and demonstrated how to make Mango Lavender Salsa and Sautéed Summer Fruit.
5. Visiting Portland, the rose city, gave me time to appreciate two unique bookstores where I served lavender-flavored goodies and talked with food-lovers. Not to mention the Lavender-Infused Raspberry Napoleon my husband and I shared after a late dinner at the Heathman Hotel.
6. Our 23 mile bike ride to Central Point, Oregon to taste their Smokey Blue Truffles at Lillie Belles Farm Hand Made Chocolates must go on the list. Okay, I guess I better confess. I also tasted their Lavender Salted Caramel.
7. Seeing my book in one of my favorite garden stores – Ravenna Gardens. This shop had the best displays. When I need a lift, I walk through this store and I instantly feel inspired.
8. Today (9-20-2010), it was my pleasure to speak to the Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs. What an interesting group of people who are passionate about gardening. They gave me 45 minutes to talk to them about cooking with lavender. I felt honored to be invited.
10. In July, I was invited to join in a celebration of Bastille Day hosted by culinary gift shop, Poggi Bonsi. If you enjoy fine kitchen equipment or are looking for a special gift, you will love these stores, located in Burien and in Renton – just south of Seattle.
11. The Wednesday Writing Group was invited to present at the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s conference in late July. I am grateful to be part of this writing group and enjoyed sharing our experience with other writers.
I love new beginnings. Tomorrow, autumn season begins. I’m looking forward to Halloween, Thanksgiving and fall treats – quince, pomegranates, squash and apple cider.