Most of you guessed where I went!! It was to a Lavender farm. This one is about thirty minutes away, and the lavender are all in bloom now. They have many varieties, even white, can you see it? White lavender is such a contradiction in terms to me, but there are also pink and even yellow lavender. Lavender is almost as old as the history of man, and it is considered the premier of all perfume. The name lavender is from the Latin word "lavare", meaning to wash, because the Romans used to bathe with it. It is also a wonderful antiseptic, and in World War 1, the public gathered lavender so the soldiers wounds could be dressed with it. Biblical folklore says that the lavender received it's perfume when Mary laid the baby Jesus clothes on a bush of it to dry. A lovely story, but only a myth. Did you know that lavender is in the bible? It is called spikenard, in some bible translations shortened to nard. So now as you recall this familiar story, you will know just what nard is. Come back tomorrow and I will take you to the lavender gift shop!
"Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume."