It’s Independence Day in the U.S.A. and Old Glory is being flown near and far.
I recently was told that our local Lion’s Club sets up and takes down flag displays like this around Sequim. I haven’t been able to verify that nor to find any details but it’s a rather nice service. It pains me to see flags flown improperly at night and in poor weather.
There was a classic car show yesterday as part of Sequim’s annual Irrigation Festival (a celebration of channeled water that allowed farming to start here over 120 years ago). As is fitting for such a celebration, it rained. On top of that, we went late. There weren’t many cars still there but the ones we saw were interesting. Like this three wheeler.
It was pretty tricked out.
I started celebrating Valentine’s Day a little early this year when Doodlebugs, our local scrapbooking store, announced that they were hosting a drive to collect handmade Valentine cards for patients at Children’s Hospital in Seattle. I love Valentine’s Day. And since making greeting cards is an addiction for me, that was all the excuse I needed.
If the deadline hadn’t been the end of last month I’d probably still be making them. I’m not the only addict. The drive collected over 700 cards.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Whatever seasonal holiday you celebrate at this time of year I hope yours is happy, warm, and filled with spirit and love.
Wrapped and waiting.
Note to self: Don’t forget to check the hiding places for forgotten gifts.
Christmas is almost here. This is suspiciously like the face that’s been greeting me in the mirror lately.
Over the years I’ve heard interesting lavender talks at the Sequim Lavender Festival. Last weekend I heard one of the best yet at Victor’s Lavender. Any lavender farm is pretty by its nature and Victor’s is no exception. But Victor’s Lavender has one special difference: Victor Gonzalez.
Victor is an expert in growing and propagating lavender which he freely admits he learned through trial and error. He came from a farm family that legally emigrated from Mexico to the U.S. when he was 15 years old. His strong work ethic eventually landed him a job at a local Sequim farm whose manager was interested in growing lavender, a plant Victor had never heard of. Failures taught Victor one lesson after another until he was successfully propagating tens of thousands of plants. Today he not only produces lavender plants and products commercially he also consults internationally on cultivating lavender, including trips for the USAID’s Farmer-to-Farmer program. Click here for more information about Victor. He’s an interesting guy!
Here’s the front view of Victor’s operation. Tomorrow I’ll tell you about the police car parked in front.