Life in Lavender

I felt like I was in Provence last weekend, but in fact I was only 20 minutes from Bath, in the village of Faulkland, where Somerset Lavender Farm lies nestled amid flowering gardens of lavender, sunflowers and healing herbs. A short break of lavender white tea and lavender cake (well when in Rome!) added to the general fragrance of the day

snail

I was waiting for a butterfly to settle but it never happened so I made do with a snail!

cabbages

The cabbages in the kitchen gardens were gloriously back-lit and I loved this sunflower field

Sunflowers

My abundant country life!

Solsbury Honey

Solsbury Apiary honey and Somerset Heather honey

Yesterday I went to photograph an apiary of bees for BathLife magazine. Pete Davis owns about 60 bee colonies in the hills surrounding bath. I had to wear protective clothing which I'm so glad about as the bees were pretty aggressive! One even got in between my eye and the eye-piece of my camera!  The things I do for work! I learnt that bee personalities can vary a lot between hives, and the queen bees can also have different temperaments!

Pete Davis looking after his bees

I love this shot of all the bees going crazy!  Oh something else I learnt, was that beeswax candles not only burn for longer, but they clean the air and dust as they do so! They are completely non-toxic, non-allergenic and non-carcinogenic!

 

Feature for BathLife Magazine

BathLife feature, Pukka Tea

Loving the latest double page spread for BathLife magazine. The shoot with Sebastian from Pukka Herbs was so much fun and I love all that he had to say about his work. The "Meet The Makers" series I'm doing for BathLife is enabling me to meet a really diverse group of people from all walks of life. Next stop - a bee apiary! 

A Cuppa Pukka!!

Sebastian Pole using his tasting pots to brew some tea

Spending a morning with Sebastian, founder of Pukka, at his home herb garden in Somerset is a good way to start the day.  His love of plants and overwhelming positive feeling of wellbeing is infectious. The weather was changeable so we did have to dodge some rain and head into the kitchen for shelter and to watch the master at work as he sourced his herb collection and concocted a spring morning tea recipe. 

Sebastian Pole, founder of Pukka Herbs

Sebastian spent time in the Himalayas where he was inspired by the healing properties of the plants around him. Back in England, he studied Ayurvedic, Chinese and Western herbal medicine which he practices at Neal's Yard in Bath. So if you're thinking of brewing, check out the flavours of herbal teas and supplements from Pukka, at most supermarkets near you. Thanks Georgia for helping out with the shoot!

Taking tea, with Sebastian Pole, founder of Pukka Herbs

Bath Harvest

Lamb at Wilmington Farm

It was so cute today to find two lambs at Wilmington Farm, one called Ollie and the other Bear Grylls.  Debbie Keeling and her husband produce a top quality Rapeseed Oil at their Farm in Wilmington, and I was invited to an open day to find out more.  They were also showing around some chefs and restauranteurs, including these guys (below) who are in the process of opening a new restaurant in Bradford-on-avon called "Bunch of Grapes". They already have a venue in Bordeaux, France. Can't wait to try it out!

Debbie Keeling showing guests around her farm

cows at Wilmington Farm