Friday, June 29, 2012

It's Lavender Festival Time Again!

How can one charming little festival bring me so much joy?

Simple pleasures are not so easily appreciated these days, I find.  We have become way to complicated in our daily lives, and far too sophisticated in our needs, wants and desires.  The 8th Annual Lavender Festival, Highland Springs, California, addresses this phenomena in an amazingly satisfying way for me. There is nothing like wandering through rows of lavender shrubs, listening to classical music while sipping on an icy lavender lemonade to sooth my soul and ground my spirit.

This snapshot speaks to me of what the Lavender Festival is about
Lavender is such an interesting herb.  The very fragrance is soothing calming and relaxing, and supposedly able to relieve exhaustion, irritability and tension headaches.  With that in mind it really isn't surprising that the crowds flock to the two weekends a year of total lavender immersion. The body knows what it needs to heal even when the intellect is beyond distracted.

Deliciously creative meals are available for purchase from various vendors, and then I get to sit at a picnic table in front of a stage where performers offer classical music, country songs or Irish Dancing depending on the day, to be entertained while I eat this organically produced lunch.

On a hay ride with a history lesson is where I'll be while the lunch is digesting.  Can't wait for tomorrow - heck, I'm already feeling like a little kid again!

 I'm linking this to Friday My Town Shoot Out!!  The theme this week is a picture that tells a story.  Please follow the link to see more great pictures.


Jama said...

Love that last shot, so lovely to be driven in a horse buggy around the lavender fragrance!

Loredana Donovan said...

Lavender festivals are so much fun. Nice shots, especially the last one :) P.S. Thanks for your comment on my photo. It made me smile :)

Rebecca said...

Oh I love lavender?

Kim, USA said...

Hi Barb your post inspires me to look for a lavender farm here in Michigan. Guess what I found a farm closer to my area same county I live in. I can't wait to visit this farm this Wednesday. Hope next time I will be the one sharing my lavender farm story hehe. Thanks for sharing this post! ^_^


Bagman and Butler said...

Very nice story pictures.

Suzy said...

Lavender is one of my favourite herbs. great to put a spot of lavender in the bath for a restful sleep. Nice story and lovely pics.

The Tablescaper said...

This looks like so much fun - such a total sensory experience.

I host a weekly link party called "Oh, the PLACES I've been!" and would love to have you link.

- The Tablescaper