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Lavender Pathway

I know.  I have taken a time out from blogging.  My friend is here visiting from Phoenix, Arizona and we are busy, busy, busy.  We are either hoarse from talking or tired from walking, or I must admit, somewhat dizzy from playing tourist and visiting unusual places in the Virginia Commonwealth.

So here it is – a blog post I was going to save for later, bit couldn’t resist posting while Janet is still sleeping.

Have you ever been to a lavender farm?

This was a first for me, and although it was only a quick stop en route to other exciting venues, the White Oak Lavender Farm in Harrisonburg, Virginia, was a must-stop along the way.Lavender Field

The scent will lure you in and the color, even on an overcast day, is mesmerizing.  I wondered why people were staring into space from the wooden porch of the sweet little gift shop.White Oak Lavender Farm Bench in Bloom

And if you love lavender, a lavender farm is a place to linger.

From Wikipedia:

 “Lavender Blue,” also called “Lavender’s Blue,” is an English folk song and nursery rhyme dating to the seventeenth century, which has been recorded in various forms since the twentieth century

Although there are as many as thirty verses to the song, and many variations of each verse, most modern versions take this form

Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly, lavender’s green,

When I am king, dilly, dilly, you shall be queen.

Who told you so, dilly, dilly, who told you so?

‘Twas my own heart, dilly, dilly, that told me so.

Call up your men, dilly, dilly, set them to work

Some to the plow, dilly, dilly, some to the fork,

Some to make hay, dilly, dilly, some to cut corn,

While you and I, dilly, dilly, keep ourselves warm.

Lavender’s green, dilly, dilly, Lavender’s blue,

If you love me, dilly, dilly, I will love you.

Let the birds sing, dilly, dilly, And the lambs play;

We shall be safe, dilly, dilly, out of harm’s way.

I love to dance, dilly, dilly, I love to sing;

When I am queen, dilly, dilly, You’ll be my king.

Who told me so, dilly, dilly, Who told me so?

I told myself, dilly, dilly, I told me so.

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Rainbow Foods

I recently had lunch with a friend at Cool Spring Organics, a favorite hangout for people who love foods that taste good and are good for you.  One side of the store is a restaurant with delectable options for lunch or dinner, and the other side is a market with equally tempting selections and lots of fresh produce.  If I want to treat myself, I drift into the market, say hi to the owners, Brad and Selena, and begin a slow browse around.  I never ever leave empty handed.

All year round, including in mid-winter, the colors inside are vibrant and practically shout their promotion of good taste and good health.  I think it’s the color that got to me this time since the landscape outdoors is still rather bleak.

I happened to have my camera along and could not help noticing a display of really grand paintings high on the top shelves.  The pictures are of produce and barnyard animals.  What beautiful additions to the gorgeous colors of  actual produce in the store! As I visited with Selena, I asked if I could take some random photographs.   She agreed and also told me the paintings were by our local high School students!  What a perfect place to display them!

Want to beat the winter blues?  Make a trip to your local organic food market and bask in all the brilliant color!

Sometimes I forget there is real beauty in the basics.

Art by Students Sign

One Student's Artwork

Art by Student

Barnyard Art

More Student Art

Art by Nature

Art by Nature

Organic Bananas

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