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U-Cut Lavender at Lavender Hill Farm

Northwest Pearls: Lavender Farm I love the smell of lavender and this week I got to go out to a lavender farm and cut my own. I've cut lavender before, but it's always been the lavender from my house or the house of a friend or family member. This was my first time at a farm.

Northwest Pearls: Lavender Farm

Northwest Pearls: Lavender Farm

We went to Lavender Hill Farm on Vashon Island in the Puget Sound. There are 20 kinds of lavender at the farm, but because we went towards the end of the season, most of the lavender has already bloomed and been cut.

Northwest Pearls: Lavender Farm

This didn't bother us though and we walked down the hill to some of the lavender and began to cut. The bees were everywhere but they didn't seem to mind us.

Northwest Pearls: Lavender Farm

Northwest Pearls: Lavender Farm

A bunch of lavender is the amount you can fit between your thumb and index finger when you touch them together. And a bunch of lavender was $5.

Northwest Pearls: Lavender Farm

We didn't see the secret garden, but we did go in the farm store and look at what they were selling.

It was a very cute place and I had fun going with my friends. Have you ever been to a u-cut lavender farm?

Vashon Island: Stairs to the Sea

Northwest Pearls: Stairs to the Sea Northwest Pearls: Stairs to the Sea

I ventured down to Vashon Island again to go to Minglement for some loose leaf tea and to ZuZu’s Ice Cream (located in the same location as Minglement) for some ice cream. I decided to get the Mayan Chocolate ice cream and it was probably the best chocolate ice cream I've had in my life.

It was made with coconut milk and had cinnamon and what I believe he said was cardamom.

After that heavenly treat, we went to Thriftway for some coconut chicken curry soup. We get it most times we go to Vashon and this time we took it and went to a public pier to eat it. We sat at a picnic table and when we were about to leave, noticed the stairway going into the water. So with a few minutes to spare before we had to catch our ferry, we took some pictures.

Northwest Pearls: Stairs to the Sea

Northwest Pearls: Stairs to the Sea

Photo by M.R.

Northwest Pearls: Stairs to the Sea

Photo by M.R.

There are a lot of fun things to do on Vashon. Have you ever been out to the island? What have you thought?

Sunglasses: Target (old)

Jacket: Loft

Jeans: Loft (old)

Shoes: Nordstrom: Sperry

Watch: Nordstrom: Anne Klein (old) Similar here and here

Vashon Island

My two best friends and I spent a day on Vashon Island in the South Puget Sound. (I was going to be there less time because I had to work, but surprise! the ferry went out of service and I couldn't get to work!) So we went adventuring. We went to this cool store called Minglement. It sells so much loose-leaf tea. You can see it below. I had the cafe there brew me a cup of New Moon tea. You can also buy it bagged and take it home to make yourself!

Northwest Pearls: Tea Selection at Minglement

Northwest Pearls: Tea Selection at Minglement

*Photo credit to M. R.

Then, because it's somewhat famous, we stopped by the bike in the tree. There's quite a few legends out there of why it's in the tree. Some are sadder than others. I'm not sure what the real story is, but it is cool to see. Vandals keep on taking the parts though so there's not much left at the moment. (Although at one point I did read that a person works to get replacement parts each time vandals take some. So sometimes the bike has more to it.) The bike is just a few feet into the forest off of one of the main roads.

Then it was time for us to leave and be on our merry way.

Northwest Pearls: View of the Puget Sound

Northwest Pearls: Ferry Ride

*Photo credit to E. R.

Have you ever been to Vashon? What do you think?