At the beginning of this week some blogging friends came along to the first Meet Up, at Hitchin Lavender Farm, Hertfordshire (for more Meet Ups see the sidebar). The sun was shining, there were blue skies, it was a great day to be out and about.
There's over 15 acres of lavender that visitors can wander through along with a wildflower meadow and sunflower strip. We were a little early to see the whole field in bloom sadly, but I reckon in another week it's going to all be out and looking staggeringly beautiful. There were a few rows in bloom for us though and today I'm sharing some photos from the meet up there.
The smell as you walk through the lavender is immense, lovely and relaxing. As you walk between rows you are treated to a visual treat as butterflies dance around you and the low hum of bees who are enjoying the plants.
Entry to Hitchin Lavender Farm costs £4 for adults, children free. For your £4 you get access to the lavender fields and a large paper bag, and a pair of scissors to borrow, you can then help yourself to lavender, and if you totally fill a bag (which would take a heck of a lot) you can always purchase another bag. The children loved cutting the lavender and bagging it up, Ozzy spent literally hours doing it.
The photo below gives you an idea of just how much of the lavender was flowering when we were there and also just how epic it will look when in full bloom.
Lovely people who came along were: Helen from ActuallyMummy.co.uk, Victoria from SouthbourneGardens.com, Kirsty from DamsonLane.com, Charly from Podcastdove.com, Penny from BeingMrsC.com, Sarah from Grenglish.co.uk, Helen from TheGoodLifeMum.com and Blue from Bluebirdsunshine.co.uk - not to mention a few children! (You can click on any of the blog links above to visit their blogs - sorry my links are unhelpfully in the same colour as the text!)
There's a 17th century barn at Hitchin Lavender Farm too where you can purchase refreshments and all manner of lavender products, myself I bought lavender and lime lip balm and of course, lavender fudge (which is amazing btw). A variety of lavender plants can also be bought.
A glorious day out, thank you to everyone who came along and made it such a special and relaxing day. I can't express enough how I strongly I feel that Meet Ups really are the way forward, joining the online offline.