Last year, we visited Sequim for the lavender festival, on the Penninsula of Washington state. It was a delightful collection of lavender farms and ranches, including special wines and bed and breakfast deals, featuring anything and everything lavender. There was even lavender flavored chocolate!
Then I decided to plant some lavender in our back yard and it rooted and took well, so now this year, we have a lavender festival in our own back yard. The plants are all flowering and are so beautiful in their deep purple shade, tiny flowers and amazing fragrance. I brought much of it inside to fill the house with aroma!
This is our McMenamin’s Gearhart Hotel that we are staying at on the beach in Seaside, near Cannon Beach. We walk to the beach every day and golf in the afternoon. The golf course, which is also just outside our hotel, only a short walk away, is one of the oldest in America. And the hotel is run by McMenamin’s so you know it is good! They have great food, art, and just like me, they brew their own beer, wine and cider!
We had a delicious time at the beach, going in the warm water, walking on the warm sand, soaking up the sun and enjoying the great sand art at the Sandcastle festival. It is a great way to spend Father’s Day and to celebrate graduation.
After we golf, we are off to the sandcastle festival on Cannon Beach, then to my book signing in the afternoon!
My Summer Book Signing Series — Session One, is tomorrow at McMenamin’s Gearhart Hotel near Cannon Beach in Oregon, U.S.A.! I will be signing paper copies of my book, “Under the Cover of Darkness,” which features the hotels and pubs of McMenamin’s and the castles of Europe. The signing will be from 3 – 5 p.m.
If you want to buy a copy of the book, click on the link below:
Words and photo/book cover photo copyright 1991 by Eddie Edwards.
There are many things, as well as creatures, that are elusive in this world. The birds that I see frequently but are too elusive for me to take photos of are the white barn owl, the woodpecker and the humming-bird. The white barn owl frequently does a fly by at my windshield late at night when I am driving home after officiating a few hockey games. The woodpecker flits through my yard and over my house when I am gardening or enjoying a beverage on my back deck. And the humming-bird visits my tall, star-gazer lilies. And yet, I have been unable to snatch a photo of any of these…yet! Still, they are mystical and enjoyable creatures.
And lastly, the seals that wander the Puget Sound in downtown Seattle, have eluded my photography as well. But I will photograph them all in time. Until they, I continue to enjoy their rare appearances.
Words and photo copyright 2013 by Eddie Edwards.