Working out in the garden this afternoon I noticed a new family in the neighborhood. Don't you just love their "yellow jackets?"There were so many that they sent me to another part of the yard to continue working.
"The macarons, though only a few grams, agitate our senses. The eyes have already devoured them. Fingers skim their surface, the flavors are gently smelled. When their fine crunchy shell is crushed, the ears are excited by the sound. Then the mouth experiences a delicate grace..." - Pierre Hermé
Seems that macarons are all the rage this year. I have been looking for some for months. Seems that not just any baker or bakery is willing to take these on. I finally found some for sale at the Farmer's Market in Harbor Springs. Three varieties were offered, lavender, orange marmalade and smores so of course I had to sample each. All were excellent with the smores flavor being my favorite.
I drove down to Lavender Hills Farms in Boyne City, Michigan so take in the sweet smell of lavender. I was pleasantly surprised that so many of the varieties were in bloom. The smell of lavender filled the air. According to their website they are largest commercial lavender farm in Michigan. The owners are committed to growing healthy varieties for fresh and dried flowers, culinary lavender and a variety of sachets for home use.
A bouquet of garden flowers left (anonymously...shhh) at the door of Les Cheneaux Community Library as a thank you to staff and volunteers. The "vase" is made from old books --repurposed. random act of kindness....
I signed up for a class sponsored by the Les Cheneaux Council of the Arts. The class was silk scarf painting. There were demonstrations on painting as well as dying techniques and then we created our own "masterpieces" Pictured are painted scarves drying in the sun. I had a great time, so happy I went out of my comfort zone and signed up for this class.
Years ago a package of California poppy seeds spilled onto the wood chip covered path around my potting shed. Wouldn't you know that today I have no poppies in my overgrown and somewhat neglected gardens, but hundreds of poppies growing in the wood chips!