So today V and E and I made good on our plan to have an outdoor sort of day. Since it was meant to be another nice and slightly chilly day (our only rain was a few sprinkles on the drive there), we headed over to Esher in Surrey to go to Garson's PYO Farm and Mayfield Lavender Farm.
|It's the most wonderful time of the year...|
Now, Garson's we've done before. In fact, I have to give our friends Dave and Juliana all the credit for this: when the Husband and I were living in London just before we got engaged, D&J invited us along for a pumpkin picking trip at a place Dave knew. So, we rented a Streetcar, met them at the Tube station in Wimbledon, and started off for Esher. Garson's was lovely, the weather was gorgeous, and we've been going back ever since. In fact, ever since I found out that they stock not only my favourite Gisela Graham Christmas ornaments, but Libby's tinned pumpkin puree as well (squeee!!!), it's been a mandatory family tradition to make a trip in mid-October.
After wandering around the main store and ogling the Orla Keily home collection, we meandered over to the Farm Store to bask in the fresh produce, eye-up the chocolates and fancy-pants sodas, and grab a requisite 3 tins of pumpkin. Mama needs to get her bake on.
Then, it was back to the car for a nice pack lunch; after which we drove around the PYO fields to take pictures. Yes, it seems a bit silly to go to a PYO field and not pick anything, but it's too early to bring back a pumpkin, and I didn't really need any ears of corn.
|someone was very excited about the corn fields.|
E especially enjoyed running up and down the rows of lavender, one hand outstretched to smack the plants as he went by. Of course, occasionally smacking turned to grabbing and eating and I was really glad that lavender is edible.
|Nothing like some good quality time outside.|