July's Red Hat outing was a full day touring Sparta and surrounding area. The Sparta Mercantile ,
an old fashioned store full of bric a brac and wonderful candles ,
English style lunch at the Sparta House Tea room,I enjoyed shepherds pie.
The owners collection of tea pots,lines the tea room walls;
Peter Robson artist shop, several of his prints I am lucky to have;
visit to Winter Wheat, an art and rustic shop with interesting gardens , note the broom garden , who would think of making people out of old brooms? very whimsical.
and finally a visit to Lavender Blue,m second lavender farm this summer.
This was my favourite stop, a wonderful garden of lavender laid out in a parterre and a beginning knot garden, a cute shop full of lavender products. Here are a few I bought, lavender sachet( perfumes my walk in closet, lavender clothes dryer bags(linens smell of fresh taken out of the dryer), lavender soap, raspberry and lavender jam and an apple lavender compote(both taste tested and so good) .
Another wonderful day out. Retirement is fun..