Why Running in Lavender?

Writing this blog, gives me the opportunity to write about all the things I love – the things that make me happy and bring a smile to my face. One of my most favourite things to do (and we’ve literally done it every year since Lili was born) is to go up to the Mayfield lavender fields near Banstead, in Surrey.

The first year we went up, Lili was around five weeks old and just a tinny bundle in my arms. At the time we’d lived in the area for over ten years and I was amazed that this beautiful place had passed me by for so long! The following year, Lili had just started walking and enjoyed the vibrant colour and gorgeous smell for the first time. I was pregnant with Poppy the year after, and by now Lili was strong on her feet and ran through the beautiful rows of lavender – there was literally no stopping her!

Last year Poppy joined us for the first time and Dom and I took turns in carrying her (as she was around 7 months old) while we all played and again ran through the fields. We had a picnic and made a big day of it. As you can tell, this little ritual of ours has become a real event in our summer calendar – and is the inspiration behind the name of my blog.   Here are some shots of this years trip…


You knew it was coming… running in lavender




Lili picking me some lavender.



Dom and the girls…



My little baby in lavender!



Lili in lavender



The girls taking it easy at the end of our visit.

Mama and More




  1. July 29, 2014 / 12:15 pm

    Gorgeous! What a wonderful family tradition! #allaboutyou

    • Heledd
      July 30, 2014 / 7:39 am

      Thank you! Yes it is a bit of a tradition now and it means we get beautiful pictures every year. We just love it xx

  2. August 1, 2014 / 7:37 pm

    I absolutely love the idea of this family tradition! I was to make one, so far the only tradition we have is that whenever my step-daughter goes to Alnwick Gardens with me she get’s a stomach bug straight after…! Definitely need a new one 🙂

    Do you find you sleep amazingly well after you’ve visited the lavender fields, they look absolutely amazing!

    Thanks for linking up to #AllAboutYou! xx

    • Heledd
      August 3, 2014 / 9:07 pm

      Thanks Hannah! Ooh dear, yeah I think you need to find your family tradition – that can’t be it! I don’t know if I sleep better after our visit but I do definitely go to bed with a big grin on my face : )

      You’re welcome! Thanks for hosting, I’ll be back again soon xx

  3. August 3, 2014 / 7:41 am

    I am determined to find a lavender field! I love this and the photos are perfection! Gorgeous #ordinarymoments

    • Heledd
      August 3, 2014 / 8:56 pm

      Thank you so much! Oh yes, do if you can. It’s such a beautiful day out, especially if it’s sunny and you take a picnic. Let me know how you get on xx

  4. August 3, 2014 / 4:09 pm

    These are just beautiful. I wish I lived closer to join in as I have been seeing these beautiful lavender fields in photos for weeks now across the internet. So very jealous that you live near and get the chance to go annually to such a stunning place. Its just a great tradition to keep and make great memories together. Lovely. #ordinarymoments

    • Heledd
      August 3, 2014 / 8:55 pm

      Hi Jenny – Thank you for your kind words! We are lucky, as it’s literally on our doorstep. Every year it inspires me to take more and more pictures of my beautiful girls running, with their hair blowing in the wind. Just been on your blog, as you’ve probably just seen 🙂 xx

  5. August 3, 2014 / 6:57 pm

    Oh wow what gorgeous photos – and what a lovely family tradition!

    • Heledd
      August 3, 2014 / 8:52 pm

      Thank you! I do love snapping away these days 🙂

  6. August 5, 2014 / 7:58 am

    Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous. I would love for their to be a Lavender field over here in N.I for us to visit as I’ve seen so many posts and stunning photos of others there lately. Gorgeous place for beautiful memories and photos. x

    • Heledd
      August 8, 2014 / 10:47 am

      Thank you Super Busy Mum
      It really is a special place for us and to be honest the pictures doesn’t do it justice. It’s so beautiful!

  7. August 5, 2014 / 2:21 pm

    When I clicked on the link to come to visit your blog I thought this was the title of your post and then realised it is your blog name too- what a pretty name and visiting the lavender is one of our favourite things to do at this time of year too, we are going to make it a yearly tradition from now on I think! Beautiful photos. x

    • Heledd
      August 8, 2014 / 10:45 am

      Hi Katie
      Thanks for visiting! Yes, our love for the lavender field was my blog inspiration. I wanted the blog to be a space for sharing all the things that makes me happy, so it made sense to name it after something I loved doing with my daughters. Thank you! It means so much to me that you like the pictures xxx