Happy Monday to you!
On our last visit I left you in the hills of Helveta--
a beautiful rural area located not too far from the hustle and bustle of Metro Portland.
And I believe I left you admiring my favorite hat--a pink one of course--in Helvetia Lavender's outdoor tea pavilion...
so that is where I'll start today.
Last year my honored guest was my DH--so tea was not an option
(he is a coffee lover through and through)...
this year I brought my best friend so tea in the pavilion was a definite yes:)
We had a very yummy scone with juicy, sweet Oregon berries and whipped cream.
I had iced tea with stevia; my friend hot tea...
did I say it was sweets with a very sweet view?
During the Festival the farm has many garden areas...
this water feature has been a favorite of mine for two years now!
LOVE the colors:)
My friend and I spent quite a bit of time here learning about spinning,
touching (and admiring) the beauty and softness of alpaca wool.
Oh and picking out the sweater of my dreams--if I can lose some weight that is:)
Now I LOVE alpacas and have been wanting to visit a alpaca farm for a long, long time--
so you know I was in heaven getting to meet this little one year old.
Do you know alpacas sing?
Or maybe they hum...anyway this little cutie was vocalizing while I was admiring their beauty.
Ah! I think I'm in love...
Back to spinning...
it was really exciting and interesting getting to know more about this age old process.
The spinner (actually this whole farm family) was delightful--
we really enjoyed our time there,
and it made my desire to learn how to knit and crochet even bigger!
I SO need to talk to my SIL about lessons:)
Back in the gardens -- I LOVED this plant but have forgotten the name.
*Update (7/22): it's a Gooseneck Loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides)*
Isn't it beautiful?
I love white flowers and always include them at home.
Speaking of gardens,
mine is going to need some TLC this week because it is going to be a warm week.
Next post...a bit of Provence in Helvetia.
Here is the link to Helvetia Lavender Farm
Festival is over for this year (sigh),
but it is my understanding that
their tea pavilion will be open the next 2 Friday and Saturdays for tea
and that profits from tea benefit Good Samaritan Ministries.
I like that:)
And here is the link for Oregon Alpaca Farms
Love that alpaca yarn!