Three wheelin’

Three wheeler

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.

Three wheeler back

It was pretty tricked out.

Let me count the ways…

Valentines 1

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.

Valentines 2

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!

Victor’s Lavender

Victors Lavender

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 Gonzales

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!

Victors storefront

Here’s the front view of Victor’s operation. Tomorrow I’ll tell you about the police car parked in front.