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Take Pause and Give Thanks

Posted on January 17, 2017 by Fragrant Isle | 8 comments



As each year ends we, at Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm, take a few moments to reflect on the year that has passed. It is important to give pause, to give thanks and to reevaluate before moving forward into the great unknown of a brand new year.

Giving pause is sometimes difficult for us to do! As soon as our busy season draws to a close we typically switch gears and begin working immediately, on the upcoming season. This year however, we came to a screeching halt due to an unforeseen circumstance. In late December our founders/owners, Edgar and Martine Anderson were forced to drop everything to meet the challenge of a critical, medical circumstance. Martine Anderson, the force behind Fragrant Isle’s retail operation was told that the time had come to have an Aortic Valve Replacement. Despite knowing that “someday” this issue would need to be addressed; it came as a shocking surprise to learn “someday” had come and gone!

With their usual vigor and precision planning our fearless, (maybe not quite so fearless in this circumstance,) leaders attacked this problem as they typically do, facing it head on.  From the moment it became apparent that the surgery must take place the, “Get ‘Er Done” mentality set in.  And get it done she did! Not one to ever veer far from her business, Martine’s parting words as they wheeled her away to surgery were, “Edgar, remember to plant more roses!” Safe to say, Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm will very likely be boasting more roses this summer! Edgar has been the steady hand thru this crisis and Martine would tell you that she could not have done this without him. Those of us close to the situation have witnessed Edgar’s compassion, attentiveness and profound love for his wife. They are quite a team.

It comes as no surprise that a “purple aura” follows Martine wherever she goes. From day one, the very talented, caring staff at Edwards Hospital referred to her as the “Lavender Lady.” Edgar and Martine made lots of new friends and it’s safe to presume that at some point this summer we will be hosting a cardiac reunion. The lengths our feisty friend will go to, to support tourism in Wisconsin!

Throw down the gauntlet and our Martine will rise to the challenge. Cardiac Rehab is in for a big surprise at the end of this month! This writer nearly fell off her chair when five days post op, Martine said, “I think this Cardia Rehab was designed for the elderly.” I did not have the heart to tell her that there are some who may already view us, as something other than spring chickens! A bout with bronchitis has slowed her down a bit, but she is healing and received a huge high five from her cardiologist this week!

Now, we come to the part where we give thanks. First, we are very thankful for having had another wonderful year at Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm.  We thank our customers, our staff and our community for supporting our business. Your support means a great deal to us and we never take for granted your patronage.  We praise the medical personnel for the excellent care they gave to Martine and we are ever so thankful, that Martine will be at the helm this summer, a healthy new version of herself! We all hope we can keep up! We also want to thank all of the people who have reached out to Martine extending their well wishes and hopes for her quick recovery.

Finally, we reevaluate all that was accomplished this past summer and begin building on those successes. Our All Things Lavender Festival 2017 is still on, July 21st., 22nd., and 23rd. There are many new, exciting things planned for this coming season and we will be making announcements accordingly. We move forward with renewed vigor and excitement for this summer. We have a dynamic staff eager to get started. This summer we will work hard to give all of you the goods, services and experiences you have come to expect from us. We are going to remember to have fun along the way.  Without sounding too cliché, we are all going to take some time to smell the lavender!



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  • Linda Money

    Best Get-Well Wishes for a speedy recovery to Martine.
    You are amazing, being French has a lot to do with it as was with my own Mother Glee.
    God’s Blessings………..

  • Mary & Martin Andersen

    So sorry Martine that you have had some health issues. Good to know you are on the mend. Listen to the doctors, do your rehab, and we look forward to you having a complete recovery. Bet you will feel much better too. Thanks for being our neighbor and for all you & Edgar do for our island!

  • Harriet

    So shocking to hear this, did not know. Sending prayers to all and to the medical team. You take good care of yourself Martine. Get well.

  • Karen Schwandt

    We wish you a speedy recovery.. It sounds like you are getting good care.
    Blessings to you.

  • Ragnar & RaeJean Flesvig

    Wishing you the very best for a speedy recovery. I had the same operation 11 years ago.

  • Deb Corrao Laack

    Heal up, Martine! And give thanks for your incredible husband, family, and staff, who are all seeing you through! I attended Lavender Fest last year (so difficult to get across as cars are backed up for many many hours) but I hope to return because I adore lavender and your business! May God bless you! ?

  • Sara Quirk

    It was a complete surprise just now, reading about Martine’s health scare and, thank God, her recovery. Will pray that she continues to improve and be ready to smell the lavender AND the new roses!

    See you in July…

  • Janet

    MArtine,Lee and I are sending prayers and lots of hugs for your continuing good health and healing.Take care and God Bless


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