Jul 9, 2011

Lavender Festival

I'm still in the process of writing about our big trip to California. In the meantime, here is a quick post about our lovely summer Saturday here in Idaho. Porter and I started the day by taking a walk to the store for Saturday morning bagels and coffee. Then it was off to the Lavender Festival, hosted by The Lavender Merchant, in Kuna with our friends Danny and Sarah, followed by a tasty lunch at El Gallo Giro, the best Mexican food in Idaho.

When we got home it was pretty hot outside. Luckily I filled up the small pool yesterday so it was the perfect temperature for Porter and I to take a dip. The best part was his hysterical laughter when I sprayed him with squirt toys. The funniest was when I shot him square in the face by accident, he thought it was awesome...phew! Now I'm chillin' in front of our Ultra Cool Evaporative Cooler, aka swamp cooler, and munching on watermelon. Life is pretty sweet!

Our friend Amy, working The Lavender Merchant booth at the festival. Her mom is the actual lavender gardener and merchant. It was great to go and support a local gardener and business person.

U-pick lavender $5 a bunch

This lavender plant was HUGE, I'd say about 4-5 feet in diameter.

Rows and rows of lavender.

You can see the festival going on behind us and the lavender fields. It could have been very hot out in Kuna, but we were lucky and got lovely weather.

Picking lavender!

There were many fabulous vendors and lavender oriented goodies. I, however, only managed to get pictures of the food. Here is the delightful mint iced tea and lavender lemonade. I believe the lemonade made the trip worth it for Luke.

Tender mini pastries

Lavender cupcakes

Hand made jams and jellies of assorted flavors, including lavender.

It was a grand time had by all, and the big tree that provided shade made for perfect lounging with friends.

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