I didn’t think I could take another photograph of lavender… I thought lavender and I had danced our last dance, said our fond farewells.
I have spent many years admiring lavender, crushing the tiny flowers in my palms in order to inhale her sweet smell… I have cut bouquets, arranged them and dried them. I have saved them to burn in the winter months… the smoky fragrance filling our home… I have bathed in the oil, slept with the perfume under my pillow and I have sprayed lavender water on our sheets… it truth, I have enjoyed it all when it comes to lavender… I believed I was immune to her charms.
When Carla and I were working on My French Life and French Essence… we would look at each other, laugh and say… “no more lavender” shots… “it’s done”… “we have it”… I think her image of the lavender fields in My French Life, is one of my favourites… I can still remember the day she took that photo so clearly… Carla, looking for the perfect angle… waiting for just the right light.. crawling through the rows of bushes, risking life and limb amongst the bees for the best shot… We were lavender obsessed… We had to let it go.
And yet… what have I done since arriving in Provence these last days… nothing but think of lavender, look at the lavender… and take pictures… morning, noon and night.
In Arles, on Saturday morning at the market, I stopped at each stall with lavender for sale… lavender sachets, fresh potpourri… I couldn’t help myself… I very nearly bought a lavender plant for our terrace… If you could see how much lavender we have blooming right now, you would understand the extent of my crush…
For it is a crush… a major re-awakening… and another reason to love Provence. Lavender is the very definition of summer… and one of the reasons why millions of visitors flock to the region every year… Lavender is something to behold…
Mother nature waves her magic wand and yet again I am amazed… I never get used to the beauty… or I hope, take it for granted… Her brilliance is enchanting…
See the lavender in My French Life
Spoil yourself, smother yourself in everything lavender from L’Occitane
and most of all, have a wonderful day… xv