Happy Thursday… anyone else in denial that it is July already? 🙋🏼 Ahhhh looking back at these photos gives me so many mixed feelings. On the one hand it lets me imagine what it is like to be in some rolling flower field in country France (close your eyes… its nice right?) – or it turns my stomach at the thought of anything lavender haha. I’ll explain…
We visited this beautiful lavender farm during our family holiday to Tasmania in 2013. I could rant on about how it was a week before the harvest so it was like seriously amazing or that it is the largest lavender farm in the Southern Hemisphere… but there is really only one story to tell from this little visit. It’s pretty much become a family classic, so much so I’m pretty sure Jake could tell it haha.
- Location: 296 Gillespies Road, Nabowla (outside of Launceston)
- Opening Hours: 10am-4pm (May to August), 9-5pm (September to April)
- Cost: Entrance fee $7.50
- Parking: from memory there is plenty of parking on site.
Bridestowe was the first stop for the day, so after exploring around the lavender fields (surviving the millions of bees everywhere!) we made our way to the gift shop and little cafe for some morning tea. Now because lavender is actual edible and given that we were surrounded by it, everything on the menu had lavender incorporated. Kinda fancy right? Lavender Scones, lavender cheesecake, lavender tea… everything had lavender. It was a lovely morning tea and the lavender was a subtle touch but about 2 hours later we were on a little bush walk to a waterfall when I got the hiccups.
I couldn’t get rid of them, so here I was walking in the middle of nowhere with no water with the hiccups. You’re probably thinking, seriously that’s all? Just the hiccups. Come on girl! Suck it up!! Haha but with each hiccup for some reason all I could taste was lavender. Not the subtle lavender that had been ‘just there’ in the scones, but full on lavender. Felt like I’d swallowed a mouthful of lavender water or something. And with each hiccup it was worse and I didn’t have any water to stop the hiccups or wash away the lavender taste.
It didn’t take long for me to feel nauseous and swear off ever eating lavender again. In fact my whole family now has the similar aversion to any lavender in food. I still enjoy the smell but the thought of eating it… even now argh haha. Sooooooo every time there is food served with lavender or the mention of lavender in food, this experience gets relived and told within our family. And I realised 1) how much this experience seems to have scarred us and 2) how few stories we actually enjoy telling that we always have to tell this one.
But don’t get me wrong, it is a great place to visit if you are in Tasmania, particularly around harvest time. The farm was beautiful, the flowers to die for and the gift shop very cute and I would go back and visit again… but I will never ever have any food with lavender in it again.