You see a small, private celebration here. Me, a few tools of the trade, and a cupcake from That Takes the Cake. A tradition. Cupcake. Candles. A pat on ones back.

I started blogging on Sequim Daily Photo five years ago today. That’s 1777 posts in case you’re counting.

I didn’t know the first thing about blogging when I started. I’ve missed some days. I’ve wondered why the heck I’m doing it. I’ve gotten to know some wonderful other bloggers and still mourn a couple who’ve passed away. I’ve taken a lot of pictures. But here I am. If nothing else, it’s a good excuse for a cupcake.

Lavender time

Lavender and bee

Today begins Sequim’s annual three day Lavender Festival celebrating all things lavender. Most of our region offers good growing conditions for lavender and local crops range in size from a small backyard bush or two to large farms with hundreds of plants in dozens of varieties.

Lavender and bee 2

Most lavender growing operations are open to visitors during the festival and some offer entertainment, food, lavender education, and craft vendors. A downtown street fair fills in any gaps if you want to shop, eat, be entertained, and sniff lavender and lavender products all in one location.

Side note: If anyone’s counting, this marks my 1,750th post on Sequim Daily Photo. Time flies!