The warm spell and brief heatwave we’ve been experiencing last month was a rare occurrence, it was the hottest June on record for 40 years, later, the weather turned unsettled and cold towards the end of June. People made most of the fine day barbecuing in the back garden, replenish Vitamin D in the park, or bake all day at a seaside.
It’s a perfect time to visit Mayfield Lavender Field in Surrey, a 15 minute drive from my sister and brother-in-law’s place. As it’s typical with English summers, we went on a cool crisp but cloudier morning. The lavenders weren’t in peak bloom at the time we arrived there, but we managed to enjoy the stunning visual, overwhelmed by the pungent aroma filling the air. I loved watching my niece B waddle like a penguin, trailing through the sea of purple lavenders spilling over the path as I followed behind her or behind me, there were a lot of bees hovering over the lavender flowers, thankfully they weren’t bothered by us or us bothered them at all, even when B almost tried to catch them. Oh the innocence! My sister Helen (B’s mummy) brought her home baked matcha and white chocolate cake for us to snack on later, picnics weren’t allowed in the field, we managed to grab a quick shot of the cake next to the lavender before it attract the bees.
I couldn’t recommend a short trip there enough, great for kids to roam around free and a spot of photography. Best time to visit Mayfield Lavender Field is during the peak bloom season in July to mid-August, entrance fee is £1 per person, parking space available.