Welcome to New Mexico! We are now officially back in the Land of Enchantment. We packed up our belongings in Kansas and moved back to NM in May. It took a few weeks to find the perfect home but are now settled into a beautiful pueblo style home on the West side of Albuquerque. On any given morning we are blessed with hot air balloons to greet us, sometimes they are so close we can almost touch them. Joe and I have gone to several farmer’s markets around the city, artist and craft fairs in Santa Fe and a memorable day with my sister Kat at the Vintage Market days where many things from the past were re-purposed into something new. This past weekend we enjoyed a day trip to the Purple Adobe Lavender Festival in Abiquiu, NM. Afterwards we ventured a little further up the road to Ghost Ranch where Georgia O’Keeffe made her home and painted so many beautiful landscapes. The area around Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch is referred to as Georgia O’Keeffe Country. The land is rugged and full of color. I can see the inspiration behind her beautifully painted landscapes. We had the most gorgeous day. The skies were a beautiful blue with massive clouds in the horizon. As we drove home the skies turned an even darker blue and rained over the mountains. It followed us home and shortly after we arrived the skies opened up and poured. It was a day I will always remember. It feels good to be home!
The Purple Adobe Lavender Farm Festival is the 2nd weekend in July. This years was the 9th annual event and our 1st.
One of the events was picking your own bundles of lavender. I saw many folks with baskets and scissors picking their lavender one piece at a time until they had a bundle that was tied with string or a ribbon. We didn’t pick any on this day. It was just perfect to be there walking through the lavender field with the most fragrant smell in the air.
There is a Lavender Tea House that is open year round. They serve lavender teas, lemonade and gelato. Also on the menu is lavender scones and chocolates.
One patch had dark and light lavender colors.
I bent down to smell the lavender when this bumblebee buzzed by.
He was very busy in his task but didn’t mind at all that I took his picture.
A labyrinth maze was set up in the middle of one field.
There were mature cottonwood trees for shade.
Just down the road from the lavender farm were these beautiful horses grazing.
There isn’t much in Abiquiu to see except the Abiquiu Inn and restaurant and the O’Keeffe Welcome Center. Tickets can be purchased to tour Georgia O’Keeffe’s home at the Welcome Center.
Heading onward to Ghost Ranch, you can see the changing landscape. Here are a few pics that I took along the way.
As we visited Ghost Ranch we saw magnificent colors no matter which way you look. I tried to get the NM sky in each photo as it was a most unusual day with bright blue skies and white clouds in one direction and darker blue skies with dark brooding clouds in the other.
The valley with rain clouds in the distance.
This is Cerro Pedernal, spanish for Flint Hill. The mesa lies on the north side of the Jemez Mountains, south of Abiquiu Lake. I found this so interesting because we always drive through the Flint Hills in Kansas when we go back and forth. The Flint Hills in Kansas are rolling hills dotted with grazing cattle, it’s one of the most beautiful places in Kansas. The shape of the mesa also reminds me a bit of Tucumcari Mountain in the distance.
As we got closer the clouds are starting to darken.
This is Abiquiu Lake. The view is from Ghost Ranch.
As we begin our drive from Abiquiu to Santa Fe the skies open up over the mountains.
Here the clouds have completely shadowed out the mountains and the color has changed to an almost pinkish purple hue.
Back safely at home looking our my back yard. Normally you would be able to see the Sandia’s from this view but today it’s almost invisible with the rainstorm. I hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of New Mexico through my photos. The next set of photos are from my back yard, I have to say I have some incredible views.
One of our first days in our new home this balloon flew very close by. It was if to say Welcome Home with that big Zia sign.
Evening looking out at the Sandia’s.
This balloon flew over on July 4th with an American Flag on the side.
A hazy morning filled with balloons.
The city lights of Albuquerque twinkle through my window every evening.
Hiking near the Sandia Mountains.
One of the flowering bushes in my yard.
And I’ll end with some Purple Sage. Just one of the many colors of New Mexico!
4 thoughts on “Purple Adobe Lavender Farm, Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch”
I was wondering what you were up to. Haven’t seen you post in a while and just read your comment on my tacos post. Welcome home Darlin! I’m sure the process of moving was tiring, but it looks like you are making the most of being back. What a lovely place to head to right off the bat. Lucky you for being at the lavender farm during full bloom! We missed it when we went a couple of years ago. So gorgeous as that whole are is! I see you live in ABQ. So do I! Maybe one day after you get settled back in and rested, we can get together. I would love to meet you in person. Contact me through my website if you are interested. Cheers!
Thank you for the warm welcome back to NM! I would love to get together, maybe we could do lunch or something. Feels like I know you already. We so enjoyed the lavender farm, one day you will have to go back. It is well worth the trip.
Karen (Back Road Journal)
I had no idea that you had started blogging again. Welcome back. Your new home is in a wonderful area.
Hi Karen, yes I took some time off but finally we are feeling more settled. I’m sure you can sympathize with moving long distance. Our former house didn’t have many windows for sunshine and this time I got my windows and a view. It’s beautiful here, trying to enjoy every moment!