Having planned a perfect afternoon with magical fairies, pretty sugary treats, glittery crafts, delightful music by Juno nominated children’s performer “Jam Sandwich” and all manner of whimsical fun, Suzanne, owner of Steed & Co Lavender was a bit crestfallen to look up at a threatening sky and realize the long-awaited afternoon of fairy fun and lore was about to get dumped upon by buckets of rain, before the festivities even got started.
Photos above by Mark Girdauskas, just before the rain.
The Saturday August 6th afternoon Festival was to be held in honour of none other than the Lavender Fairy, the one who runs the fairy laundry. It is said she carries the loads of laundry to a nearby stream where she washes them with lavender soap. As it turned out, The Lavender Fairy may have planned, all along, to do the laundry on this particular occasion the automatic way – with a torrential downpour from the sky. The rain came down; she completed her work in quick order and was ready to party.
Says Suzanne, the rain stopped - sunshine and little child fairies suddenly appeared. She laughs, "They must have been waiting in their cars for the rain to stop and the fun to begin!" Steed & Co Lavender is a lavender farm and gift shop located just east of Sparta at 47589 Sparta Line. In the gift shop, visitors will find a variety of exquisite lavender products including a full range of culinary lavender specialties. Find out more at www.steedandcompany.com.