My father loved history. He grew up in a very rural town in southern New Mexico. He often told me that books were his way to escape his surroundings during his childhood and adolescent years. Through reading and travel, he learned about various points of European history that would equal the knowledge of a true historian. He often took me on his travels throughout the world where we could see living remnants of history that I had read in my school texts. We would also explore antique stores to admire remarkable pieces of furnishings, art, and other collectibles. This exploration of novelty antiques led my father to make some very rare purchases. Some of my favorite pieces of his collection were his replicas of Celtic and Spanish swords, even a breastplate.
I truly enjoy attending events and gatherings that bring Outlander fans together. One of my favorite gatherings was held at the Domaine Artefact Winery located in Escondido, California. The winery previously held an Outlandish Wine Tasting event to help celebrate their wine entitled La Dame Blanche, named in honor of our beloved Claire Fraser.
The trembing did begin to ease within a minute or two, and Jamie opened his eyes with a sigh.
“I’m all right,” he said. “Claire, I’m all right, now. But for God’s sake, get rid of that stink!”
It was only then that I consciously noticed the scent in the room – a light, spicy floral smell, so common a perfume that I had thought nothing of it. Lavender. A scent for soaps and toilet waters. I had last smelled it in the dungeons of Wentworth Prison, where it anointed the linen or the person of Captain Jonathan Randall.
Outlander, Chapter 38, The Abbey
Some of the most profound scenes in the Outlander book and television series can be associated with lavender. Black Jack Randall was a character centered in each of these scenes. He was a character that was brilliantly portrayed by Tobias Menzies. He described Black Jack Randall as “someone with absolute self-belief, arrogance, and feeling of indestructibility.” These attributes were painfully seen in the episodes at Wentworth prison. The use of lavender left such a permanent emotional memory for Jamie that it was difficult to read, let alone watch. Continue reading Outlandish Uses for Lavender
My daughter loves to cook and bake with me. So when she saw me reference my beloved Outlander Kitchen Cookbook, she was immediately by my side to help. This is what I treasure the most: this cookbook brings my family together to create these amazing recipes, while also supporting my wee addiction to all things Outlander.