It’s becoming a tradition for us to visit a lavender farm every Summer. My sister and I had originally planned to return to Somerset Lavender following a successful visit last year. We kept a Monday in July free for the trip, only to later realise that Somerset Lavender is closed on Mondays. The Cotswold Lavender farm was our nearest option, located in Broadway at the top of the Cotswolds. We headed there to take some photos for Instagram.
As well as making content for Instagram, I found myself reflecting on photography and work, and how they are pretty much synonymous now. It had been a year since we last visited a lavender field. Within those twelve months, I’d moved from iPhone only to dSLR photography, and accumulated a small fortune’s worth of equipment, as well as quitting full time work in favour of freelancing as an Instagrammer. The two visits couldn’t have been more different.
When I look back at the photos and blog posts from my previous trip, I can’t help but feel slightly embarrassed. I suppose that’s the nature of creative work. To put a positive spin on it, I learned an awful lot in that year, and will look forward to the same reflection should we make it to the lavender field again next year. I’ll probably look back at this post and think ‘what was I thinking?’.
If you’d like to visit the Cotswold Lavender fields, head there between June – August before the lavender is completely harvested (for specific dates, check their website and Facebook page).