Lavendula and dancing
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It is Sunday and I am going with a friend to a lavender farm near Hepburn Springs where she is dancing with her Morris side. Andrew drops me off at her house and I greet her husband and one of the daughters. We used to all live in Canberra and danced with Molonglo Mayhem Border Morris. They moved to Melbourne and we moved to the south coast of NSW. Unfortunately for me there were no Morris sides nearby. Luckily for them there were at least two sides to choose from in Melbourne and they continue to dance. The trip is about a two hour drive and this gives us a chance to catch up on lots of things that we have missed out on sharing over the last 18 months. The lavender farm is at the height of the season and there are lots of stalls and demonstrations to occupy the day.
Brandragon are a mixed Northwest side of Morris dancing and we have been keeping company with them for many years meeting annually at the National Folk Festival in Canberra at Easter time. They are a fun crowd as I find all Morris sides are. I buy some wonderful rye bread and samosas.
On our return trip we spot a hitch hiker and decide to pick him up. He has a small acreage nearby that he has planted with about 150 fruit and nut trees, installed drip irrigation from a bore well and works in Melbourne though he doesn't drive. We have an interesting chat with him and he heads us to a tram station with instructions to get us back to the direction we want. L drops me off and when I get home there is a wonderful lamb roast cooking for the dinner!