Monday, June 13, 2011

Adventures of the Marketplace Girls ...

This last Friday ..some of us Marketplace girls went on an ever so sweet, tasty and fun adventure ...

Abbey and I picked up Sheila of Tattered Goods and we headed out to meet up with our vintage marketplace friends at the Beautiful "Keys Creek Lavender Farm" nestled in the Beautiful rolling hills of Valley Center.

Our Adventure took us through winding old 2 lane back roads, down an old mile and a half dirt road ..nestled in the trees .. and surrounded by God's handiwork.

Our Country Drive led us to sweet aroma filled fields.. Lavender for as far as the eye could see ..filled the beautiful rolling hills.

Rows and Rows of different types of lavender greeted us .. each so beautiful ...

... We were led on foot up this old country road ...

Passing the Honey Bees hard at work ...

and "the Peace Garden"

While more rows of lavender and it's sweet aroma continued to greet us each step of the way..

Half way up the hill ..we found the entrance leading us into the main entrance of the farm ..

A gorgeous paved walk and rustic arbor entrance ....

With wonderful rustic garden decor ...

and this post of signs in the shape of keys ...gave us direction to each special place ..

The Gift shop was filled with lovely items ..from lavender bunches, lotions and sprays ..

And decorated with vintage finds... exactly what this group of girls loves !

(view from the gift shop window)

We all decided to take the lavender tour .....and this sweet little sign greeted us many times along the pathway ..

off in the distance on the neighboring farm .. Bessy Cows ..were chewing their cud and enjoying a little green grass from the fields ..

Atop the hill of the lavender farm .. we were able to look down on the valley below was such a beautiful view ..and so refreshing and relaxing to take in the fresh lavender scented air ..

The lavender was in bloom everywhere you looked ..isn't it amazing that such a small little bloom can produce such a beautiful scent .We all had such a wonderful time there were about 15 of us total ..and it was so fun to meet up for a day of fun ...

Our fun didn't end with the lavender farm however of our dear marketplace friends Christine ..who lives in Valley Center ...invited us all to her home sweet home in the country for a beautiful luncheon...

Her home and property are so inviting ..

I know I wasn't the only one gasping when we arrived at her home ..for the beauty of the country that surrounded us was awe inspiring ...

This beautiful table of lucious food was layed out beautifully ..vintage mismatched plates were stacked for us too use ..Yummy pink lemonade .. Chicken Salad, Turkey rolls, Fresh Fruit and more tempted our tasted buds with delight....

..Aunt Sassy's cake was as good as it looks ..

Thank You Christine ..for a wonderful luncheon !

And if the food wasn't enough ..Christine's studio was one a girl could turn green with envy over ..Filled with amazing color ..charm, whimzy and absolute delight ..what an amazing place to create in ..

... After Lunch and touring Christine's home and property ..we all headed out to another local vintage marketplace Matilda's Mouse. The other marketplace girls had been many times before but Abbey and I had not .. it was our first time ..therefore ..the camera pretty much got left in the truck while our hearts and our eyes danced with delight at all the wonderful antique and vintage finds displayed in such beautiful ways.

Our day began around 5 that morning ..we all met up at 10 in the morning..and our day ended about 6 that night was a full day .. one full of fun and joy ..and filled with many wonderful memories ..



  1. Ohhhh I just love the lavender farm!! Lavender is one of my very favorite things ~
    I can smell it from here :)


  2. Abbey/Sara, What a lovely trip! the farm is beautiful. Thanks for sharing!!

  3. What a wonderful trip, I'm so green of envy, I love lavender and farms too!
    Have a lovely day!
    XXX Ido

  4. Such a fabulous trip; thanks for taking me along!


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