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.

Metroland - Buckinghamshire, UK

Afterwards, we went for a walk across nearby fields, despite an ominous-looking sky.

Metroland - Buckinghamshire, UK

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.

Mayfield Lavender Farm, Banstead, Surrey, UK

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.

Mayfield Lavender Farm, Banstead, Surrey, UK

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…

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