Monday, 29 July 2013

Lavender Fields


We spent Saturday morning at a very beautiful lavender farm not far from Abigail's house, where we are currently staying.


It was a hot, sultry morning - in fact, we had thunder storms that afternoon and evening - and the scent of the flowers was heady and intense.


It's a very photogenic place. 


It's not large, you couldn't really spend more than a couple of hours there but it's time enough to wander up and down the fields and take lots of photos then retreat to the shady cafe and shop area.


They sell freshly cut lavender by the bunch (as well as every type of lavender-related gift you could imagine) and I bought one to dry out when I get back to Leeds. There is also a menu of lavender flavoured drinks, bread, shortbread and tea among other things. The ice cream is exceptional. Just lavender-y enough.


I became obsessed with trying to photograph a butterfly.


Difficult. They move to fast for me! These shots were the best I could manage.


After we'd sampled the wares and made the children pose for about one hundred photos (trying to get a baby, a three year old, a four year old and a six year old to all smile and look at the camera at the same time is a challenge) we went home. 

Lovely place, lovely people.


We go back to Leeds tomorrow. It's been a such good week here with our friends; slow and relaxing with lots of time to do nothing much but chat and play with the babies, and we managed to squeeze in a day trip to London too. Then it's back to emails, washing, errands, appointments and a big blog reading catch up.

And if all that purple was a bit much, here's some colour from our week.


50 comments:

PinkCatJo said...
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PinkCatJo said...

Hope the bit of rain we've had done south during the last few days hasn't spoiled things too much. The lavender farm looks like a heavenly place - I bet you could smell the stuff for hours afterwards as well. I love the photo of the children - it looks like something out of a picture book. Have a safe journey home! x

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Wow, I've just been reading about lavender farms....I wonder if my back garden could sustain one.....,:) x

Amelie Pou said...

Beautiful photo of the children in the lavender field! And that little hand.. I can smell the lavender from here ;-).

millefeuilles said...

So lovely and relaxing, Gillian. When I saw your post title I immediately wondered if it was the lavender farm in Kent ne not far from my parents' home. I always find violets and purples really tricky to catch on camera but it seems to me you have mastered that beautifully. I LOVE cabbage butterflies against lavender flowers; one of my simple summer pleasures!

Happy return home.

Stephanie

Amy at love made my home said...

Wow, that is a lot of lavender. I bet the fragrance was amazing. Your photos are lovely to look at, sounds though you had a great visit.

My lavender has been wonderful, but it is starting to "go over" now, but I can come and relive it by looking at your photos - yeah!

Amy

Jennifer said...

I love to visit lavender farms. That's one of my planned excursions for our Fridays-without-kids. Lavender ice cream sounds very interesting, I'd love to try it.

CJ said...

Wonderful, I bet the scent was heavenly. I tried to photograph some winged things yesterday too, but they do move fast! Your pictures are all lovely, so much lavender, beautiful.

Julie said...

Gorgeous photos. Those are just the scenes I'd hoped to see when we visited Yorkshire Lavender so I can now imagine just what it would have looked like - a pity your blog doesn't have scent-a-vision :) x

SaraJ said...

I can almost smell the lavender in your photos. It looks so lovely. x

...Nina Nixon... said...

Oh Gillian this is on my wish list of things to do this Summer. After snipping a little bunch this morning the house smells divine so I can only imagine what a whole field would waft like.

Nina x

Leanne said...

Gillian,

So glad that you are having a good time with your friends. After many attempts to try and photograph butterflies, I have read somewhere that you should tae your pictures on an overcast day, because they are more laid back and don't flit about so much. You'd think it was the other way around!

Leanne xx

Jo said...

Love the purple, could look at it all day. Just wish I could smell it! Jo x

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Marina Pérez said...

Wonderful, I have no words, I love Lavander and that landscape.....

Marina

Deanne said...

love going to lavender farms, we're off to one next week hopefully x

Louise said...

I'm not keen at all on the smell of lavender but it always looks so appealing. I'd love to visit a place like this, it looked like a great day for it.

Helen - sittinginthekitchensink said...

Oh wow, what an amazing place. Bet it smells beautiful! The shot of the children walking through the fields looks very timeless. Love your colour collage at the end too - I can't wait until my little one is big enough for Duplo!x

sweetpea family said...

What a delightful way to spend a day it looks so beautiful and I agree with some of the comments I could almost smell the lavender x

Susan Smith said...

Sounds like a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday. Lavender fields are lovely. safe travelling home.

Kari said...

No such thing as too much purple.

thriftwood said...

Ooh I can smell it from here ... just lovely xxx

Barbara said...

I must admit I don't like the smell of lavender either, the fields are a beautiful sight though.

Julia said...

What a wonderful way to spend the day! The lavender fields are just gorgeous and I can smell the relaxing scent of lavender from here. Lavender lemonade is a favorite of mine. You look lovely and very happy in the photo! So glad you are enjoying time with family and good friends!

Bungalowgirl said...

Oh such beautiful photos and all that glorious colour would just be heaven to wade through. I have that same CK bag btw and you do look very very relaxed and summery. mel x

Xelenacrochets said...

That's fantastic! I've never been to such place, oh, lavender is so beautiful! And the food and drinks flavoured with it too! Ohhhh!
Your not so purple photos are great too. As usual I especially like the sunflowers. ;-)

Clicky Needles said...

We have a local ice cream maker that makes lavender ice cream, it's divine.

I'm imagining the smell of the the fields. Wonderful.

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

There can never be too much purple when it's lavender you're photographing! We have a wonderful lavender farm not so very far from here ... I often wish I could just go and sit in the lavender fields all day and watch the bees and the butterflies doing there thing.

Plain Jane said...

I bet you slept well that night! Beautiful pictures x Jane

Home and Garden said...

dear gillian,
wow.....that is a dream of a lavender field.i can smell the fragrance. thank you so much for all the beautiful photos.
wish you a nice week,
love and hugs regina

Sopa Azul said...

Beautiful place, and very aromatic... Lovely collage!!!! Hugs. :D

the linen cloud said...

What heavenly photos ... I would love to visit a lavender farm ... you must have felt very mellow leaving there ... Bee xx

Jay said...

Your photos at the lavender farm are beautiful!

Squiggling About said...

I really want to visit this place it looks gorgeous... What a lovely day out sarah x

Hannapat said...

It just seems like my idea of heaven! It looks wonderful and please tell me you are framing some of these beautiful lavender photos. I love lavender and will be putting this on my list of things to do in life, so thank you for sharing. Love your other pics too! xoxo

SaraJ said...

Thanks for your comment - have a great holiday. The yarn squishes down in the case - it was hardly noticeable. ;-)
Then exploded all over the apartment when I unpacked! Made it much more like home. :)

pandchintz said...

So lovely - I could smell lavender while I was looking at your gorgeous photos!!

Jenny said...

Just spent some time meandering through your latest posts while sipping an iced tea. Looks like you've been just as busy and creative as always. Such fun ideas, friendly writing, and darling children. Glad to see your smiling face and the backside of John ;) (I don't think I'd seen a photo of him before - for some reason I imagined him dark-haired!).

xx
Jenny

Coal Valley View said...

Gasp! How utterly gorgeous. I can almost smell the Lavender from here after looking at those photos. And how lovely so spend time with Abigail :-) Mel x

DreamBig LiveFull said...

What an amazing adventure you had in such a beautiful place :) - Beck x

sustainablemum said...

What an amazing place to spend some time, the smell and colour must have been amazing.

Caroline said...

Hi Gillian,
What a wonderful way to spend a day....I just love the smell of lavender! Lavander ice cream sounds lush!
Love Caroline xx

Shannon said...

I popped over from the link at PinkCatJo, and can easily see why she nominated you for the award. Your photos are lovely!

Hannah Ruth said...

How gorgeous! These fields must have smelled incredible x

Emma said...

Fantastic photos - and lovely to see you in one x

TACIStudio said...

Fantastic, gorgeous pictures. I just love lavender fields. I'm going to try to go to one... Hope it's not too late for this summer.

Anonymous said...

It looks just beautiful, I love lavender farms but haven't been to one in years. I can just imagine the smell now!

Tammy Chrzan said...

What an amazing place to visit!
I would not be able to get enough of that purple, I love the smell of lavender, though I could never imagine eating or drinking it, I do know that a lot of people do... I've never been to a lavender farm. I seriously want to go!!
Have a great up coming weekend!
Tammy x

Vanessa said...

We never did make it to this place when we lived in London - but oh my, your pictures are beautiful. I can just imagine the scent on a warm day. What an amazing spectacle. x

Lisa said...

I bet it smelt so wonderful there, you would definitely have to like lavender to work there.
I had a bar of lavender chocolate for my birthday one year and loved it.
Lisa x

Kentish Keg-Meg said...

Wonderful images of lavender fields.