Life takes us in so many different directions. This blog marks the one year anniversary of when I first became acquainted with my local enthusiasts who love Outlander as much as I do. I find comfort in the knowledge that there are others as equally passionate as I am about the Outlander series. Each fan has their own story of how they found other like-minded individuals who have invested themselves into this amazing fandom. How did I find this group, one might ask? My simple answer – over coffee.
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 Outlander series is special and irreplaceable. In my eyes, there is nothing like it. Each person internalizes the story differently. For me, it not only provided an addicting escape I would anxiously look forward to, but it also allowed me to expand my circle of friends with others who share the same passion and to travel to places I may not have previously gone.
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.
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. Hedescribed 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→
“That’s verra strong-smelling stuff, Sassenach, ” Jaime observed, during one of his brief visits to the taproom. “What is it?”
“Fresh ginger, ” I answered, holding up the remains of the root I was grating. “It’s the thing most of my herbals say is the best for nausea.”
“Oh, aye?” He picked up the bowl, sniffed at the contents, and sneezed explosively, to the vast amusement of the onlookers. I snatched back the bowl before he could spill it.
“You don’t take it like snuff,” I said. “You drink it in tea. And I hope to heaven it works, because if it doesn’t, we’ll be scooping you out of the bilges, if bilges are what I think they are.”
Voyager. We Set Sail, Chapter 41, page 632.
Season 3 of Outlander will be epic. It will be an adaption of Voyager, the third book in the Diana Gabaldon book series. Voyager is one of my favorite books and I am not ashamed to say that I am on my fourth reread. As I patiently await Season 3, I have found another perfect escape to relive the adventures of Jaime and Claire on the high seas. The San Diego Maritime Museum is the perfect place to experience and learn about the ships used in the 18th century. Continue reading On the High Seas with Voyager→