(Part 1 of 2)
My husband and I have never been fond of long drives for as long as I can remember. If we can fly to a destination, you can be certain that we take it except for the times when it’s totally impractical to do so. We did just that a few weeks back on a weekday and I’m sharing snippets of that trek here in two parts.
Who says you can’t mix business with pleasure? Obviously, it is really possible. We knew so well that in order to cover our objectives, we have to take the trip at least twice to the far end of Long Island. For this trek, we drove two and a half hours each way. We were lucky that the road was free of congestion and it was simply a relatively traffic-free ride.
As soon as we started seeing vineyard upon vineyard, we knew we were close to our first destination. As a rule of thumb, business first before pleasure right?
But let me spare you of the business side of it. Let’s get to the more interesting part of that day. Yes, we went to a lavender farm too – that is – at the Lavender By The Bay. Weeks after, and even now, I can’t get over the scent of fresh lavender. As soon as we got off the car, the scent was just intoxicating! The farm reminded me of our trip to the South of France years ago. I later found out from the storekeeper that the owner of the farm is originally from the South of France.
Not far from East Marion, Long Island is the village of Greenport.I fell in love with the place! Although this part of the trek was for business, I also had fun exploring the village. The people are very warm and friendly, I like the small community and how the homes are built far from each other.
Note the carousel below.
At some point, we needed to grab a bite. No place would have been better than the Front Street Station Restaurant. The service was impeccable, the food was delicious and the waitstaff were all friendly and welcoming.
So… we just didn’t go to the lavender farm to enjoy the scent. I made sure that I brought home bunches of fresh French lavender (priced at $8 per bunch) which are now drying in vases all over our house. Ask me about the strong natural lavender fragrance emanating around here for the first two weeks – it was divine! They are still fragrant but not as strong. Once they’re totally dry, I’m going to put them in sachet and place them in our closets. As it is, I have already committed to give a couple of friends so they are patiently waiting for their share.
We also brought home a pot of indoor lavender plant ( Goodwin Creek Grey). For now, I have the pot outside but when the temps dip down, I will find a sunny location inside. The leaves smell so good!
My Sunflower Story
I’ve always been a lover of sunflowers. It’s the cheery color, I believe. As soon as I saw the vendor of sunflowers in Greenport, I knew I just had to have them. They were huge, real fresh sunflowers that were just cut earlier that day. I didn’t even know that the middle part of the sunflower (the big brown part) is sticky. For the two and half duration of our travel going home, the flowers stayed inside the car. It’s good that we found a way to get them in through the drive standing up because if we didn’t we would have had a big clean up.
Being that I haven’t discovered that sticky part, when we got home, I carelessly drop the flowers on our granite counter top. That was a big mistake!!!! That sticky middle was really sticky, I had to do a big clean up. But more than that, I’m suspecting that the sunflowers were the trigger of my allergy flare up. I felt as though I was back to my chronic rhinitis days and sinusitis. I had no choice but to start using my Sinus Rinse. To date, it does not feel that normal just yet, but I’m scheduled to see my Allergist this week.
They’re beautiful indeed, and yes they did the job of cheering me up, but I really paid the price.