Friday, August 6, 2010

Lavendar fields forever and giveaway! I'll pick a winner Saturday, the 21st.



Hi all,
Hope you enjoyed my last post all about tags and the great shops on etsy that were featured, if you've never created any on your own, just try it sometime. They are pretty quick, simple and fun. And when you need a gift tag for that someone special, voila! you are ready to go :)

Now on to the Lavendar!!!
And yes I know the common spelling of lavendar usually is spelled with "er" at the end. And I guess now in our modern age, it is considered obsolete to spell it with the "ar" spelling, but myself and many others are trying to bring the romantic old world spelling back, so lavendar with an "ar" it is for me.
Last weekend my daughter Juliet and I visited some of  our family who live in Mt. Shasta, California and one of our excursions for the day was to visit the near by lavendar farm, and what a lovely excursion we had.
The trip from their house is about 20 minutes away up through the winding roads of open range dotted with mountain brush and livestock with Mt. Shasta looming over the land, still topped with winter snow on it's peaks. Beautiful.
Arriving at the farm is magical, and as we stepped out of the car, the warmth of the day and the light breeze blowing over the valley caused the lavendar aroma to permeate our spirits and our senses full force. We all stopped and took in a deep breathe! Wonderful !
And on top of that, the view was breath taking as well!

Mt. Shasta juts up into the background sky and the valley view of farms and landscape alongside  of rows and rows of lavendar stopped us all in our tracks as we paused and took in the moment.
The owners of the farm have done a lovely job of bringing an European touch with the villa inspired shop and a gorgeous water fountain.  For a moment I actually thought I was back in France!
We got to pick our own lavendar to take home, which was such a treat and ice cold Lavendar lemonade was served to all the visitors, delicious!!!
The farmers were also harvesting the lavendar into oil while we were there visiting and they told us that they only get 6 gallons of lavendar from the whole field each year! Now I know why lavendar oil is a bit pricey.
But well worth it :)

Hope you enjoyed the lavendar farm excursion and the photos, and in honor of such a wonderful trip I am having a lavendar giveaway! Just leave a comment on my blog and your name will be entered into the drawing. I'll include a bit of the lavendar that I picked and some other fun lavendar inspired goodies.
blessings,










48 comments:

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Oh Deborah! This view is sooooo beautiful! I love lavendar! I picked up some lavendar oil at a health food store a couple of years ago, so I know how expensive it can be. But I love the fragrance so much. Thank you for sharing your photos of your trip. They are beautiful!

Lenore said...

Beautiful photos and of course, I love the lavendar...the photo of Mt Shasta in the background is spectacular.

Shirley said...

The view was absolutely beautiful. I love the mountains in the background of your picture. Lavendar has such a wonderful aroma to it. My mother-in-law use to keep a sachet of lavendar in her dresser drawers a long time ago. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures of your trip. Your Missouri Friend

Barbara said...

I love Lavendar!!! I tried to grow some from seed this year but didn't have any luck. Gonna research some more and possibly buy rootings instead of seed. There just isn't a more beautiful smell. I love your pictures and I'm sure that your excursion was one of the highlights of your trip.

Hugs XX
Barbara

Sugar Pink Boutique said...

Those are such breathtaking photos Deborah I was imagining that I was there! The most beautiful things on earth are what God created. I have always loved the fragrance of lavender it's so soothing and brings back memories of my Great Grandma Charlotte's house.

TinyBear said...

It looks so wonderful on that farm Deborah - beautiful photos.
Thanks for sharing.
xo Tina

Denise said...

gorgeous- I would love to live near a lavender field - imagine how well you would sleep!

starrynightimpressions said...

This ones for you enfantjoli :)
You have been added to the giveaway list!

BailiwickStudio said...

I hope I can visit that farm one day - it's just beautiful! And you know I can't pass up a lavender giveaway! ::Jill

Stampin' D'Amour said...

I LOVE lavendar too!!! When I saw your 1st photo, I did think it was taken in Europe. I bet Mt Shasta was even more beautiful in person!!! :)

-pamela

Createology said...

I love lavendar and learned how to make lavendar wands a few years ago when I visited a lavendar farm in Rumsey. Only my sister is allergic to lavendar...who knew?!! Happy giveaway...

Rayann said...

yay I love Lavendar

Kitten said...

I'm positively purple with envy at your trip.... I love the scent and sight of lavender. (And I thought it was funny that you included the spelling debate, because up until recently I had trouble not putting an 'A' as opposed to the 'E' on the last syllable of the word.)

heather dawn said...

I love lavendar! I have a plant at my house that I love to rub my hands over and just inhale!

JoyfulHandKnits said...

I loved the story of your visit to the Lavendar fields. I go past a little Lavendar farm on the way to my inlaws and keep thinking that I need to stop in. They have a little shop, I believe. I would love to be entered in your giveaway.

Joy from JoyfulHandKnits

Debbi said...

What gorgeous photos! yummm, nothing like fresh lavender:) We have a bakery in town that makes lemon lavender scone, a real interesting flavor and quite yummy!

Judy said...

What a great place to visit. I love lavendar and thanks for the info on the spelling - very interesting.
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Art and Sew Forth said...

Can you imagine living next door to such a farm! Never have to buy a fragranced candle again! Lovely!

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Mulberry Lane Folk Art said...

What a wonderful place! Your photos are great! Thanks for sharing and I'd love to be entered in your give away! Blessings! Jennifer

Lana said...

Your trip to the lavendAR farm must have been wonderful Deborah!
I have never had lavendAR lemonade but I'd love to try it!

Karen said...

There is a "lavendar" farm down near Temecula here in So Cal. A few of us went and visited it about a month ago and it was HEAVENLY! The workers would bring in big BUNCHES of it. The had a little tea and scone house and we enjoyed a break sitting out on the patio overlooking the entire farm. It was wonderful!
This is a VERY cool giveaway! Different - I like that!
Perfect! I will post tomorrow!
:) Karen

Debby said...

Hi Deborah. That is how my name is spelled as well.
I love lavendar. The smell and the flower as well. The pictures were just gorgeous. Thanks.

Sara said...

wow what amazing photos, I am a lavendar fan. I have some lavendar oil which I use as perfume. I would liked to have been with you on your trip and seen and smelt all that lavendar. THanks for the chance to enter your generous giveaway Hugs Sara

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

What aa beautiful view! I adore lavendar....I use it in our bedroom all the time!

Cortney Lyon said...

Oh that is beautiful! I live in CA too and I think I'll look up how far that place is from me.

I could almost smell the lavendar because you wrote so eloquently about it. To be honest, if I were to win the give-a-way, I think I'd send the lavendar to my mother in NC, it is one of her favorites.

Mieke said...

OMG I first thought this was France! Gorgeous pictures, and so is your blog!

Robin said...

Lavendar is just heavenly! The place where you picked yours looks just divine. Great blog, I just signed on as a follower.

Wanda said...

I LOVE your photos and it will be great to win!!!
best regards,
Wanda Contreras

Janet Ghio said...

Oh I would love to win this!! I found you through Some Days are Diamonds blog!!

Becca said...

I found your blog today and I'm so glad I did. I have always had a secret desire to be a lavendar farmer. I could picture myself walking through my fields and brushing it gently with my fingers. And oh the things I could make! This year I planted my first two plants, sometimes dreams do come true.Thank you for sharing.

Patty in Oz said...

Hi Deborah!

Your photos take the cake. Oh, SO PRETTY...I would have loved to be there too.

Lavendar is one of my favorite flowers. I am creating a wreath with artifical lavendar which looks so real. We KNOW it's not he real thing even if it looks like it.

Thank you for sharing. This Kansas girl wants to go on a road trip so bad! You are so kind to have a giveaway too!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Oh how wonderful for you to get to visit such a place. I love lavendar and we keep trying to grow it and fail miserably. It is nice to "meet" another sorority sister. I haven't made it around to visit everyone yet!

What a wonderful giveaway! Count me in and please come visit me if you get a chance!

Jennifer ~ Mi Vida Loca said...

Wow - how beautiful it is in Shasta County! I haven't been there since I was a kid but I really love the photos you took!

I too am a huge fan of Lavendar! Lavendar Lemonade...I've never heard of that but sounds very refreshing! Your blog is beautiful ~ had to become a follower! Thanks so much for this sweet give-away. Have a great evening!

Therese said...

Lavendar is one of my favorite scents, so relaxing! Glad I have found your blog! New follower, Therese Aquino

Caleen said...

Oh.. I love lavendar and I love your pictures. It smells so yummy.. Wonderful giveaway. Thanks for your lovely blog and great giveaway.

agypsyangel said...

What a beautiful place and giveaway. I am a recent member of the bloggerrette sorority, please come visit me.
Have a great day,
Kim
http://agypsyangel.blogspot.com

Dogmom Diva said...

Hi Deborah, I just found your blog, what beautiful pictures..I love Mt. Shasta area, our son's in laws have a houseboat at Shasta Lake and we have traveled up the I-5 into Oregon many times..always love that drive.

Thank you for sharing!
Barb

stephanies cottage said...

What a beautiful giveaway! Huggss Stephanie

JoAnne said...

What a lovely lavendar post Deborah!!!!! I am a lavendar lover so please count me in.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Your sorority sister in NY,
JoAnne

huntedtreasures said...

I did not know there was such a thing of a lavendar land or farm, but this one takes your breath away, I would not of guessed it was right next door to me. I live in Fab Las Vegas and never would have thought there is such a place. Wow! you know what I thought you where some where in Europe or something, what a nice place to visit, would love the opportunity to win some lavender also.

Hugss,,,

Maria & Ruth

Something Special said...

I found your blog today, to late for the giveaway, but I would love you to check out the swap I am hosting over at my blog. Love those Lavendar fields.

Lyneen said...

I think I am too late... I OH SO LOVE LAVENDAR... In all the olden times romantic novels they use lavendar and in my reading I fell in love. Over the years I have planted in in my gardens. I love running my hands thorough it. THANKS FOR SHARING.

www.welovequilting.com said...

I am glad to find this site. I hope I win.
Chris
www.chriswheelerquilts.com

Sherry said...

I love the pictures of the lavendar with the Mountan in the background. I grow several plants because it is so theraputic to just walk by it or rub my fingers over the blossoms. I have enjoyed my visit to your blog.

Jean said...

Oh, I hope I'm not too late to enter. How wonderful. Love your giveaway.

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littlethings1 said...

Oh wow.... all of your photos are so inviting ! Would be a fabulous place to visit ! You are so very lucky !
Eunice

Candi said...

Mt. Shasta is so beautiful and the whole area up there just makes you feel so good. Your lavendar goodies are awesome. Where do you live? Going up to Mt. Shasta and down to the Bay Area to San Francisco? I live in Roseville, just east of Sacramento.
hugz:)