We first visited Mayfields Lavender Field last summer. It’s somewhere that will always be a bit sentimental to me – the day before we visited I discovered that, just two weeks after discovering I was pregnant with our much longed for second child, I was having a miscarriage. I’d wanted to do something nice that day with Max, rather than sit at home, so we headed out to the lavender fields and walked amongst the sea of purple, just breathing in the scent and chasing the bees.
We returned this year on my birthday. A strange visit in a way, holding in my arms our five week old baby; the baby who wouldn’t have existed if that other little life had survived. But there was something about visiting that same spot a year later that felt beautiful and kind of perfect.
It’s funny – I came away from the trip feeling a bit disappointed with my photos. The weather was really changeable and they definitely don’t have a consistent feel – it looks like they were taken on completely different days! But since I’ve been home, they’ve grown on me more and more and I’ve seen things in them that I completely missed when I looked at them on the camera. They seem to have caught Max at that fleeting stage between toddler and little boy – in so many of these there is that glimpse of the older child he’s about to become. And looking back at my photos from last year, I’m quite pleased with how my photography has improved!
Mayfield Lavender Farm, 1 Carshalton Road, Banstead, SM7 3JA
Opening times: 9am – 6pm, June to Sept (see website for exact dates)
Entry fee: £1 per adult