Another visit to the lavender fields
Having visited the lavender fields at Cotswold Lavender for the last two years, it is becoming a bit of a summer tradition for us. It is the epitome of everything that is wonderful about an English summer. I love taking the girls here. Seeing them running about amongst the flowers. The photos that I have taken of them here have been some of my favourites. This year, we decided to let Daddy come with us.
The day started off grey, but when we arrived, it brightened up. The sky was blue, dotted with fluffy white clouds. There was the gentle hum of bees buzzing amongst the flowers, and the scent of lavender in the air.
Once again, as soon as we entered the fields, Emily decided to run off amongst the rows of lavender. However, she quickly noticed there were bees, and then was less than happy about getting so close to them. From then on, it did become harder to get her to cooperate for photos.
Freyja was much more cooperative. Although she did have a few moments when she was completely amidst the flowers that she realised that there were a LOT of bees!
We bought Rich with us so that he could enjoy the spectacle, and in the hope that we might get a few nice family photos together. I am usually the one behind the camera, so don’t get may photos of myself with the girls (unless they are selfies). Rich was willing to take some pictures of the girls and I. Of course, having the opportunity to get some photos of the three of us didn’t mean that I was actually going to get some nice photo of the three of us. The girls were not going to comply – even with the promise of ice cream. I felt like we were wrestling amongst the lavender. However, looking back on the photos, I do like the way that the capture the cheekiness of my girls personalities. They also pretty much sum up my life as their mum.
When it came to posed photos, Freyja was eventually persuaded to comply. She is old enough to know that the sooner she does what mummy wants her to do, the quicker she gets her bribe!
On our past two visits, there hasn’t been just lavender. Last year there was a mass of colourful wild flowers. I was pleased to see the same this year. I think Emily preferred these to the lavender, and persuaded Rich to let her use his phone to take a few pictures of them.
The variety of the colours of the flowers are spectacular. The red poppies and blue cornflowers amongst the grass were so bright, but there was even a huge range in colour of the lavender; deep violet, blue and pinks.
Whilst I was off taking pictures, Emily and Rich went to chill out in the sun. Freyja decided that the grassy slope would be perfect for rolling down. It didn’t take long for Emily to decide that this was much more fun than playing with her daddy’s sunglasses.
The lavender fields will always be one of my favourite things to do in the summer. I will continue to take my photos of the girls for as long as they will let me – capturing their personalities in beautiful surroundings and enabling me to watch them blossom amongst the flowers each year.