Last Sunday’s post about blossoms reminded me of another time when I went somewhere else where there were blossoms everywhere – and this time I actually traveled outside of Singapore. This was last year in September, when I was in London and I had the chance to visit Mayfield Lavender Fields.
This is the description from the Mayfield Lavender website:
“We are a family run certified Organic Lavender Farm situated in the lovely North Surrey Hills – less than 15 miles from Central London. We have been growing lavender organically for over 10 years and we love to welcome visitors to our beautiful farm. Our 12 acre plant nursery and shop in Epsom (139 Reigate Road, Epsom, KT17 3DW) is very much OPEN. You can visit Monday to Saturday from 9am – 5.30pm and find a wide range of lavender products, plants and gifts.”
Our London-based hosts AA and Melvin brought me and Zenie there right before the cutoff period when the lavender blossoms would be harvested. The lavender is in full bloom only a few weeks a year, so I was in London just in time!
Unfortunately, it rained heavily that day, so we were wary to walk out into the fields, which looked like there was hardly any lavender anyway. Turns out the front part had been harvested, but there were more at the back. AA and Melvin had already had their pictures there weeks ago, when it was sunny, so they decided to sit this one out. After sipping some lavender tea to warm ourselves a bit, Zenie and I took out our umbrellas and braved the rain, walking through wet earth and trying our best to avoid as many snails as possible, until we walked into the blooming lavender fields. It was all was worth it!
It wasn’t just a visually appealing experience, but an olfactory one, too – a strong lavender scent permeated the air.
Eventually, the rain let up enough so that we could put our umbrellas down.
I am really glad that we decided to go despite the rain!! ☔️