This weekend the annual lavender festival begins in Sequim Washington. It was so wonderful to go to the festival in years past. In honor of the festival and other lavender festivals around the area here are the lavender plants on our acreage at our country bungalow.

Today is my second cataract surgery on my left eye. We left home at O-dark-thirty again to get to Spokane in time for the surgery. We will be in Spokane all day as my follow-up appointment is on Friday afternoon. Back to drops and more drops 4 times a day for a while.

We are under severe fire warnings right now and there are several wildfires that are making our skies cloudy with smoke not pretty fluffy clouds. The air quality is not good so we stay inside as much as possible. Hoping for the containment of all the fires in the Northwest! Hope the skies are clear where you are.

Fields and Sprigs of Lavender…

“here’s your sweet lavender
sixteen sprigs a penny
that you’ll find my ladies
will smell as sweet as any”

Lavender Sellers’s Cry, London England CA 1900

 “lavender, sweet lavender;
come and buy my lavender,
hide it in your trousseau, lady fair.
Let its flovely fragrance flow
Over your from head to toe,
lightening on your eyes, your cheek, your hair.”

Cumberkand Clark Flower Song Book 1929

While we were on the Olympic Peninsula we visited two lavender farms on our way back home. The first one we visited was Jardin du Soleill which is always one of our favorites.

The second farm we stopped at was Purple Haze, another favorite.

We were in Sequim the day before the annual lavender festival began. I always enjoy beating the crowds for these kind of events. The Sequim Lavender Festival is held every full third weekend in July.

Today is the last day of July…my goodness the month has melted away in this heat we are having. Watering and trying to stay cool here in the great Northwest. It’s also fun to hear the Blue Angels practicing for our SeaFair weekend.

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Joining Kati for July photo-a-day challenge.

Days 19-25

19. Black and White



20. Colorful


21. Red


22. Tree


23. An ordinary moment

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24. Close-up


25. Far away


The Cape Flattery light house in the distance on Tatoosh Island at the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca between Vancouver Island in Canada and the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.

Yeehaw! We got a good amount of rain last night instead of just a drizzle. It’s nice to see the streets wet for a change and the droplets of water on the plants! Have a great weekend everyone!

Remembrance Day…

Today is Remembrance Day in several countries.  It’s Veteran’s Day in the United States. A day designed to remember and perpetuate peace through good will between nations. A day to remember those who gave some and those who gave all for their country and countrymen.

I have relatives who fought in WWII, Vietnam, and our son in law Andrew served with the Marines and completed two tours of duty in Afghanistan. We are united in our love for the Lord and our love for our fellow man. Praying for all the men and women who are still serving our countries that they will come home safe and sound. Praying for all those who came home with physical and emotional scars. Today is a good day to pray for our men and women who have suffered much while serving our countries.

John 15:13 ~ Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

How grateful we can be  to live in lands where freedom reigns. How grateful we should be to God who reigns over all.

Looking forward to that day when all wars will cease…

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”

This is a photo of our daughter Katie while her husband was serving his country with the Marines. She stayed with us on his tours of duty. These poppies were blooming on the edge of the lavender fields in Sequim, Washington.

The Veteran on the left served in 3 wars, World War II, Korean War, and Viet Nam. The Veteran on the right served in Viet Nam and is now part of the Patriot Guard Riders.

Thank you to all our Veteran’s from all branches of service! Thank you for your service to your fellow man! We appreciate your sacrifice.

I’m linking up with ABC Wednesday for the letter R. R is for Remembrance Day (Veteran’s Day).