Lavandula – a photo story

Many of you may have wondered about the card in Cake Card Cloth.  Well, it refers to photography (mainly black and white film photography and chemical processing) which I studied for many years.
 
Usually I hand print my photographs.  This time however I had some art cards printed as part of my exhibition for Bucks Open Studios.
 
Lavandula photo montage

Lavandula photo montage

These images are from a series of photographs I took at Lavandula, a restored farm originally settled by Swiss Italian immigrants in the 1860s.  It is nestled in a valley near Hepburn Springs in Victoria, Australia near to where I grew up.
 
Crossing the ford and walking through the entrance to Lavandula feels like stepping through a time portal. Suddenly, you are in Provence.  You can hear the clack of balls as people play petanque on the lawn. There is a lovely restaurant/cafe selling delicious Italian meals and lavender ice-cream. Everywhere you look is a feast for the eyes. It really is a magical place.
 
Lavandula gardens

Lavandula gardens

The gardens are so peaceful and serene. You can hear birds singing and bees buzzing. A little creek babbles gently near the entrance and all is suffused with the calming scent of lavender.
 
Lavandula lavender

Lavandula lavender

As you can tell, I love Lavandula. I have visited it many times, in all seasons and it is always beautiful. It is my favourite place in all the world. Whenever I return home to Australia I make a point of going there. If you get a chance, I highly recommend a visit.
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