I’ve had two trips to the countryside this week. The first was to film an interview with Beverley Glick, The Story Archaeologist, in Buckinghamshire.
Afterwards, we went for a walk across nearby fields, despite an ominous-looking sky.
It seemed strange to be in the countryside and still within the London Transport travel zones. Buckinghamshire is part of the original “Metro-Land” – a name coined by the marketing department of the Metropolitan line underground railway and immortalised by Sir John Betjeman in a BBC documentary.
Later in the week, I drove to Banstead in Surrey to visit the Mayfield Lavender Farm. I had seen photographs on Instagram – and as lavender is probably my favourite plant, I knew I had to visit.
It felt quite surreal, strolling through the rows of purple blooms. I’ve only ever seen them in the South of France before – and yet here I was, only a few miles from home. The farm was set up a little over 10 years ago, but the site was used to grow lavender in the 18th and 19th centuries – so it’s not a new idea!
I wish I could have used smell-o-vision for the film (below) – the scent as I brushed past the plants was heavenly. I thoroughly recommend visiting – perhaps not if you’re afraid of bees, though…