I spent some time in the waiting room of a doctor’s office recently and noticed these bibles for anyone looking for something to read. I had my own book. What was notable was the Christian praise radio station playing so loud that I had trouble concentrating on my book. Not what I’ve come to expect in a doctor’s office.
Last spring it was announced that Sequim would have a couple of new retail chain outlets: A Michael’s and Ulta, a beauty and cosmetics outlet. The site spent a long time looking just like this. I heard recently that progress was being made and dropped by for an update. Walls! Workers! It’s coming along.
One of our recent guests is a craft beer aficionado so on a trip to Port Townsend we sought out a local brewery we’d seen but not explored: Propolis Brewing.
My Danish grandmother allowed me tiny glasses of beer as a child so I’ve long enjoyed beer and ale. However, nothing quite prepared me for the Propolis beverages. Made with herbs and botanicals in an “Old World” style, the tastes were quite unlike what I’ve come to expect. The one on the left, above, was a Golden Saison brewed with lemon balm. The other was an Amber Saison brewed with sage, hyssop and thyme.
The brewery has won a number of medals for their craft brews. We took home a couple of bottles. As one who leans towards India Pale Ales – and drinks them infrequently – I can’t really say what I think of them. They’re certainly different.
Lavender Connection seems to have an affinity for old and funky. No complaints from my camera.
There’s a down side to looking for interesting things to photograph. Sometimes they start calling to you. Like this planter at Over the Fence. I was able to resist. It’s blue. I like blue but that’s not the right color.
Then I discovered it in white. White would work. “Not in the budget! Not in the budget!” The mantra is working. For now.
This truck is moldering at Lavender Connection. You only see the front end of it because, well, the rest of it was hidden behind a porta-potty. Not nearly as scenic to my eye.
Here’s another way that the lavender in Sequim gets processed: it’s dried. We were invited into the drying barn at Kitty B’s Lavender where workers were busy processing bundles of lavender to be hung and dried.
Bundles are hung like string bound vines with fans running to keep down mildew.
Dried lavender is sold as aromatic bouquets and sachets, woven into wreaths and flower arrangements, and some strains have culinary uses as in herbs de Provence. It can be mixed into baking soda and used as a carpet freshener or mixed into sugar as a flavoring.