Sunday, July 8, 2012

Lavender and Tombstones

Yesterday my good friend and I went out to the country to visit a lavender farm that was having an open house.  Rows and rows of fragrant plants dotted the landscape.

See the dragonfly in the background? He kept moving around so he came out blurry :)

A lovely standing gong at the farm

We had a delightful picnic at the farm composed of ham, cheese and scallion sandwiches on fresh french bread and edamame coleslaw with sesame dressing. And of course, lavender lemonade.
I ended up buying several of the farm's products, including blackberry lavender jam.

Later, when we got home, I tried making some lavender mint iced tea. It turned out beautifully! Here is how I did it:

4 bags of black tea
1 tablespoon dried lavender buds
Fresh mint sprigs
Lots of Ice

Pour boiling water over the teabags and let them steep a good 5 or 6 minutes in a teapot that holds around 4 cups.
In a separate heatproof container pour a cup of boiling water over the lavender buds and steep 3 minutes.
Strain both the teabags and the lavender infusion and let them cool down to room temp.
Combine both liquids together in a pitcher.
Fill tall glasses with lots of ice. Pour the cooled combined lavender/tea mixture over the ice (it is best to not pour a hot tea mixture over the ice in your glasses because you risk the glass shattering from the temperature change). Garnish with a mint sprig. If you like your tea sweet, you can sweeten it in the pitcher or do it on a glass by glass basis. This recipe will supply two people with a couple of glasses each. If you find that the lavender tea is too strong, you can dilute with water to your liking.

On our way to the farm we had gotten a little lost and ended up driving about 6 miles farther up the road. We saw this rural graveyard from the highway. Now, if I see an interesting graveyard, I'm gonna stop because I appreciate the older tombstones. This cemetary had some graves dating from the Victorian/Edwardian era so I took some pictures. Common themes show up from this time period including doves, clasped hands, weeping willows, urns, anchors and foliage.

I was especially excited to see this fabulous faux bois Woodmen of the World grave marker made of zinc.
WoW is a fraternal organization started in the late 1800s. Early on, deceased members would apparently be entitled to a grave marker such as this one. This practice lasted into the 1920s and such graves can be found all over the country.

Another fine day! I hadn't planned on visiting a cemetary but that is the fun of letting the day unfold as it will.
Until next time:


  1. La fábrica de lavanda... vaya fotos bonitas!!! y la visita al cementerio del todo curiosa... tuve una época en que iba a cementerios antiguos de Madrid y sacaba fotos en blanco y negro de tumbas de escritores... entre siniestro y pintoresco... algo de Tim Burton... por eso me gusta tanto "Pesadilla antes de Navidad"... es mi favorita.
    Gracias y saludos

  2. Sí, "Nightmare Before Christmas" es uno de mis favoritos también! Me vestí como Sally una de Halloween :)

  3. Oh!!! qué guay... hace años que no me disfrazo!