“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” – Laura Wilder
I just got back from Mayfield Lavender, a beautiful lavender farm in the Surrey Hills. Strolling through the fields of lush lavender, whilst soaking up the views and calming aroma, was a lovely and exhilarating way to spend a hot summer’s afternoon. I’m just surprised at how close this stunning lavender farm is to my home.
Many of us spend so much time searching abroad far and wide to add some spice to our lives or to simply get away from it all. Whilst globe trotting around the world for a rush of inspiration, culture and excitement can be one of the most enriching and eye opening experiences; I often tend to forget to appreciate what’s right here on my doorstep like Mayfield Lavender.
“Those who wander are not always lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien
Over the past few weeks I have been taking time out to explore local sites and experience new things about British culture. Whether its sun bathing on the beach at Herne Bay Kent; unwinding at a retreat near the Scottish highlands; admiring yachts in St Katherine’s Dock; or performing in a vintage chorus line dance troupe; it’s been a great summer so far! There are some wonderful sites in the UK and the moments I have shared with friends and loved ones have been priceless.
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau
Little things like going for a picnic in the park or hopping on the tube to check out Notting Hill Carnival; may not be set in wild or exotic surroundings, but can mount up to be the most memorable, vibrant and fulfilling moments of a person’s life.
I hope this post inspires you to travel and explore the world, but also to be mindful of and appreciate what’s on your doorstep.
Miss H ♥