Nearly 20 years ago at the Marin County Farmer’s Market in California I stumbled across a captivating display of decorated Eastern European eggs called “Kraslice.” I’d never seen anything like them before. A mother and daughter sold them each year around Easter and over the course of several years I acquired a small and treasured collection.

Kraslice eggs

These decorated eggs in different styles come from the Czech and Slovac Republics, Ukrane, Poland, or Lithuania. The eggs are first painted and then intricate patterns are etched into the shell. Although primarily associated with Easter, Kraslice have been given on other occasions to communicate love and hope of new life.

Collage eggs 1

Kraslice art techniques are largely passed through families. Click here for more information about Kraslice eggs. I believe this website belongs to one of the women who sold the eggs pictured here.

Kraslice eggs 2

Barn Mains Farm

This barn is located not far from the home in yesterday’s post. The area is called “Mains Farm.” I don’t know if this is the original farmstead but if it isn’t it could certainly date back to that period. Can any locals add details?

Purple house

Yesterday’s post color was yellow. Today we go to the other end of the color spectrum: purple. My predecessor, Shannon, posted a photo of this house a few years ago. Since then the proud owners have added a second building.

Call me anal, but I like a sense of harmony when it comes to the look of a place. And there’s a lot to be said for colors harmonizing with their landscape. There are places I’ve been – in particular, Victorian historic districts – where this would fit right in. Here? Not so much.

Dandelions 1

If you like the color yellow this is a fine time to be in Sequim. We’ve got yellow, plenty of it, and it’s seemingly everywhere. It’s dandelion season again!

Dandelions 2

This is a view across our back “lawn,” former pasture land. It was mowed one week before this shot and immediately after. Around here most people with land spend plenty of time mowing in a futile attempt to stay ahead. But these are power plants. Most of them duck when they hear blades coming. And if you listen carefully you can hear them murmuring, “Sucker!”

No. We have not tried to make dandelion wine. And I know they’re nutritional powerhouses. If you want some, just drop by. They’re free for the taking.

Bye City Hall

Slightly over two years ago I posted a picture of Sequim City Hall here. On Monday, this is what it looked like as it was being torn down. Other buildings, further down the street, are also being razed as part of the same project.

By the middle of next year Sequim will have a new $15 million City Hall that will house administrative offices and the police department. The old City Hall, built in 1973, was too small to accommodate both the police and functions of a growing city. The new building’s plaza will become the home of the Sequim Farmers Market.

Potting shed

This is an ordinary shot of a farmer at work, but it’s not an entirely ordinary scene. This is a view of one side of the North Olympic Peninsula’s first licensed marijuana growing operation. You’re not looking at the growing shed. It’s nestled and protected inside a barn on the other side of the property, seeded with 20 motion-activated infrared cameras. But as of last Tuesday it was one of nine growers approved in Washington state and one of the first obvious and tangible steps toward the state’s legal recreational pot. The state has moved forward since voters approved a measure to decriminalize marijuana, doing what states do: figuring out standards, hiring a drug czar, organizing regulations. And they’re trying to figure out new and different challenges. Growers and sellers will have to pay state taxes; however, banks have regulations against taking drug money. How to handle that? And the new growers? They, of course, need seeds for their crops. Now that they have their permits they have 15 days to get seed stock wherever they can. After that they can only get it from state sanctioned suppliers, which, by the way, don’t exist yet. Sales of the new crops are expected to begin in early July with as yet unnamed sellers. It should be interesting to see how those operations unfold. And, assuming vendors are selling Washington pot, I can only imagine how this year’s Lavender Faire and Festival will unfold in July with a new, uhm, perspective. We do, after all, have at least one operation that’s probably ready for the challenge: Purple Haze Lavender Farm.