I have lived in Gloucestershire for 15 years now and it is such a beautiful part of the country. The Cotswolds are right on our doorstep – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with chocolate box houses in quaint villages, which attract tourists from all over the world. What I didn’t know about is that close to the beautiful Cotswold village of Broadway is Cotswold Lavender – a farm which grows and distils lavender.
I was inspired to take the girls to the lavender fields after I had discovered the blog Running in Lavender, written by my lovely friend Heledd. She has the most gorgeous photos of her family amongst lavender plants. There must be something about the straight rows between the lavender because once they were in the field the girls were off, running between the plants.
I was amazed by the different colours of all the varieties of lavender being grown, from the deepest purples to pale pink and white. The air was fragranced by the distinctive scent of lavender and there was a soft buzz of the bees as they flew from flower to flower gathering pollen. It was beautiful. And the girls looked angelic amongst the flowers. It was a day I won’t forget and I manage to capture the beauty of the place and the girls in some of my photographs.
In addition to the field, Cotswold Lavender also have a gift shop and tea room. The girls were worn out from all that running so we enjoyed some homemade cake and drinks. The homemade lavender and lemon cake was particularly delicious.
Cotswold Lavender is only open until 9th August this year. Admission is £2.50 for adults, £1.50 for children under 16 and as my girls were both under 5, they got in for free.