Purple Fields of Mayfield

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Lavandula angustifoli 

I have been trying to make the most of the past few weeks with my precious boy before he starts Pre-school in September. I still like my firsts with him, like baking which we recently attempted although he showed no interest and then we visited a family run organic lavender farm in the lovely North Surrey Hills while the sun came out to play. Now this was absolutely stunning and even Jay was impressed and enjoyed running through the aromatic rows of lavender.

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I don’t particularly have an interest in this flower but my goodness what a visual treat purple hues and blues and the smell around you is subtle and yet intoxicating with the gentle hum of bees…yes bees so bear that in mind when deciding what to wear before a visit! Lavender has long been valued not only for its fresh, sweet smell, but also for its wide and varied therapeutic benefits. Its history goes back at least as far as the Roman Empire where dried lavender was used to freshen the wash water and the lavender oil was used to treat battle wounds. In modern times dried lavender and its oil has many uses both medicinally and for the home. It is both medicinal and soothing, working as a natural sleep aid something I could do with using more of I think.

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As we drove up to the entrance I could see why the location is a photographer’s dream. You don’t get much for £1 these days but that was the entry fee which included parking. This place deserves many more visits and it’s perfect for a private party because you can hire the area for celebrations too and a spot of afternoon tea. It’s my kind of celebratory venue (hint for Mr M if he’s reading this).
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Whilst this is a place for all old and young I can see the appeal for the romantic types walking hand in hand with your love and enjoying a drink and snack in the cafe in beautiful surroundings. There’s even a British red (can’t miss it) telephone box for added contrast.
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 My first attempt to get my son to have a photo taken with me.
A calming but colourful place I can see us returning again when the lavender is in full bloom.
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My second attempt to get my son to have a photo with me!

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Third time lucky!!

Jay fell asleep in the car as we drive home, possibly the lavender effects or just from all the excitable running away from his mummy. If you are thinking of heading to Mayfield do check out their website. I’ve also done a little vlog of our visit which will be up on my YouTube Channel soon.

Mayfield thank you for a wonderful morning of visionary delights.

Love

Bella & Jay

~X~

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