This weekend’s weather was touch and go, left questionable by the series of thunder and lightning storms that plagued North Florida for much of Saturday. We certainly needed it as we are heading into that desperate time of year when wildfires begin and drought conditions only make them worse. The more rain, the better. Unfortunately, an event was going on that greatly depended on Mother Nature’s cooperation. While Saturday was a wash (literally), Sunday proved to be a spectacular example of the calm after the storm.
My daughter and I headed down to Jacksonville’s Southside to Cunningham’s 15th Annual Herbal Faire, an event put together by Linda Cunningham that has built up some momentum over the years. Each year (and sometimes more than once), Linda gathers vendors from all over to sell their herb products, answer questions on growing herbs, and provide visitors with soaps, teas, spices, snacks, and drinks, all made with herbs.
What surprised me most was not that there was such a fantastic turnout for this festival, but that it was being held in Linda’s backyard. It is obviously spacious enough to host such an event and her neighbors are a tolerant group of people to have to deal with the constant hordes of traffic and curbside-parked cars blocking the neighborhood. It was a wonderful way to spend a sunny, warm day outside.
The kid and I both returned home with some goodies. Elle fell in love with a vendor’s plum-vanilla homemade jelly and I managed to talk myself into buying a jar of dried raspberry tea leaves and three lavender shortbread cookies (O!M!G! I will find a recipe for these…so delicious!). Also, I couldn’t stop going back to those cute little mushroom toppers on the stakes. So for $4 each, I bought two for Elle and me – one little, one big.
They live in my garden now.