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Small Town’s Hidden Gem-The Lavender Farm

Updated on July 4, 2017
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Lavender fields forever!

Terre Bleu Lavender Farm
Terre Bleu Lavender Farm | Source

From the big city to a small town, I love it here in the new place where our house is nestled within the scenic Niagara Escarpment. Since we’re pretty new in the area, I have been exploring this township and was very happy with my recent discovery. I discovered a feel akin to South of France (without the airfare). Just around fifteen minutes away from where I live, I found a piece of paradise called Terre Bleu Lavender Farm. Hmmm, it smells divine in here from the moment you enter the gate. No, it’s not the pearly gate but it’s more like gate to heaven. I promise.

The field is in its glory during the summer and the lavender farm is only open to the public until the end of August. So, come join me stroll this piece of paradise, engage your senses and feel free to immerse yourself in the scenic poetry and landscape of this lavender field. Are you excited?

The Lavender Fields
The Lavender Fields | Source

Terre Bleu (without the last “e”)

Terre Bleu is a French term, which means Blue Earth in English. Although in the true French fashion, the correct spelling for “bleu” is “bleue” (notice the “e” at the end). According to their website, they intentionally dropped off the extra “e” just so they are unique. Did they really or they actually forgot the last “e”? Regardless, you will still be overwhelmed to see this amazing site of lavender fields and I suggest you prepare your nostrils in the heavenly breeze that waves all around the place soon as you enter the gate.

Terre Blue Lavender Farm
Terre Blue Lavender Farm | Source

“The ideal time to harvest lavender is when one-third to one-half of the spike is in bloom.” – David Salman

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Created with a Vision in Mind

This place is not only for plain sight seeing, it was open to the public with a vision in mind to create an “exceptional agro-tourism experience to educate and entertain”. Curious and excited on my new discovery, I went to see what they have to offer and indeed, it is a wonderful place to spend your weekend (they are only open on Saturdays & Sundays in the summer time because they are busy farming during weekdays) and go for a leisurely walk on the field to calm your senses and simply enjoy nature’s beauty and maybe even rest your weary soul. What a perfect weekend escape to fill up your senses!

At the farm, you explore the fields, join the guided tour and learn some stuff including distillation for the lavender’s essential oil and some of its medicinal and culinary uses.

Blooming period is by mid July to early August. The place also offers a tour of the apiary and horse stables perfect for some photo shoots.

Admission:

$8.00 (HST included) and free for children aged two and under to access and enjoy this picturesque place. It’s gorgeous, educational and well worth a visit.

Lavender Soaps
Lavender Soaps | Source

Did you know?

The name Lavender comes from the Latin verb, "lavare", meaning to wash.

I’m a great fan of local products!

On your way out, don’t forget to grab some gift items organically produced and fairly priced. They have quite a variety of natural products like essential oil, lotions, soap, dried bouquets, wreaths and even some sweets like truffles, shortbread and macaroons.

And, yes the lavender ice cream and refreshing lavender lemonade!

"In the language of flowers, lavender can mean devotion, luck, success, happiness or distrust."

Inside the shop

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Map to Paradise

A marker2501 25 Side Rd, Milton, ON L0P, Canada -
2501 25 Side Road, Milton, ON L0P, Canada
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Terre Bleu Lavender Farm

A bit of Terre Bleu’s story

Terre Bleu lavender farm opened its door to the public only in 2012. It’s basically a family farming run business inspired by their passion for nature, and true sense of outdoor living-clean, fresh and soothing. Located just on the edge of wine country, Terre Bleu is a perfect stop on the sideroad and they are literally located on 25 Sideroad in Milton, Ontario.


The farm is focused on producing sustainable and organically grown products that are harvested in the farm itself. And, there’s more than just lavender here. They also have an apiary and sugar shack where maple syrup is made and when you join the tour, they will also teach you how they produce their own honey. For additional entertainment and excitements, watch the horses in the equestrian demonstration ring. In the early spring and winter time though, you can go for sleigh rides on farm horses.

The Equestrian Ring

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The many health related benefits of lavender:

And, while on the lavender topic, might as well explore the many different benefits of lavender. This plant delight with its beauty and fragrant is a versatile herb. It can be used for baking, cooking, tea making, tinctures, soap, lotion, essentials and relaxing aromatherapy and many more.

Health Studies

The antibacterial properties of this fragrant herb's oil made it part of the early materia medica and according to health studies, lavender is good as:

  1. Antidepressant
  2. Analgesic
  3. Antiseptic
  4. Cicatrizant
  5. Expectorant
  6. Nervine
  7. Vulnerary

Lavender also help relieves and is good for:

  1. Sprains
  2. Toothaches
  3. Joint Pain
  4. Nerve pain
  5. Acne

Back in history, they said Cleopatra wore the fragrance of lavender when she seduced the Roman General, Marc Anthony. In this infamous love affair...


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I personally use it to treat my insomnia, stress and headache.

For centuries, it was known as a good aphrodisiac and is one of the most effective scents for relaxing and calming your senses. It is widely used to treat insomnia, stress or depressive headache.


How? Because it contains oil that has sedating effects and help relax tired mind and muscles. Added to your tea, it is also great for diabetes and insulin resistance.

Drying bunches

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For Bald Spots

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

For bald spots (alopecia areata): one study used a combination of essential oils including 3 drops (108 mg) of lavender, 3 drops (114 mg) of rosemary, 2 drops (88 mg) of thyme, and 2 drops (94 mg) of cedar wood, all mixed with 3 mL jojoba oil and 20 mL grapeseed oil. Each night, the mixture is massaged into the scalp for 2 minutes with a warm towel placed around the head to increase absorption. ~ Source: webmd

Study also shows that lavender is effective for the following:

  • Anxiety – oral consumption and aromatherapy.
  • Hair loss – mix with thyme, rosemary and cedar wood oil and massage to scalp.
  • Canker sores – two drops of lavender oil to the affected area 3X daily can improve healing. It also helps reduce swelling and pain.
  • Pain after C-section (Cesarean section) – inhale lavender essence while receiving painkillers intravenously (IV) to help reduce the pain after C-section.

But, my most personal favourite use of lavender is that it repels mosquitoes and other insects without the scent of a pesticide or chemical spray.

Bonus:

Dried lavender in sachet makes a great scent for drawers and closets plus it repel insects.

Side Effects:

Lavender has been found to be safe for most adults even in food, oral intake or inhaled in medicinal amounts. It is also safe applied to the skin.

However, adverse effects when taken orally may include constipation, headache and increased appetite. And, when applied to the skin may cause some irritation.

Terre Bleu Lavender Farm
Terre Bleu Lavender Farm | Source

Good to Know!

Accordingly, applying lavender oil on the skin of young boys who have not reached puberty is possibly unsafe, as it seems to have hormone effects that could disrupt the normal hormones in a boy’s body. There were cases that have resulted in boys developing breast growth called gynecomastia. However, no adverse effect was detected when used by young girls.

Surgery

If used as a combination with anesthesia and other medications given during and after surgery, lavender may slow down the central nervous system. Health professionals recommend to stop using lavender at least 2 weeks prior to a scheduled surgery. ~ Source: webmd

Fun facts:

  1. Lavender attracts bees and butterflies but is deer and rabbit resistant.
  2. The name Lavender comes from the Latin verb, "lavare", meaning to wash.
  3. Nectar from lavender plants are used to make high quality honey.
  4. Most lavender plants are blue or purple, but there are some varieties that come in pink and yellow.

Important Note:

Blissful day-trip at the farm may cause relaxed mind, body and soul. Watch the road when driving back home. Even rabbits and porcupines seem to be dosing off and are quite slow crossing the road.


Disclaimer:

Although the author is enjoying the many benefits of this fragrant herb, this hub is written for information purposes only. Our bodies react differently to different medicines/alternative medicines. What may work for the writer may not necessarily work for you.

Herbs are natural. However, it can interact with other herbs or medicines.

Please consult your doctor or health provider specially if you have some serious ailments before using any lavender essentials. Thank you.

Enjoy a vast of lavender here and a bit of Beethoven!

Copyright@CrisSp~TM/08-2015. Read me: "The heart of my soul speaks to the soul of my heart by writing." ~


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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      unknown spy: Of course, I love your writings (your stories and poems) and so you were missed. Thank you for stopping by here. I hope you get the chance to visit a lavender farm of your dream soon.

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      IAmForbidden 2 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hi CrisSp.. yeah, ive been MIA here in HP got so busy. thanks for remembering me ;)

      I saw this hub and it was one of my dream to see a real life lavender farm... especially after watching a tv series "Lavender".

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Suhail and my dog: I like your HP name. :) Thank you for reading and leaving a comment. And yes, thank you to Flourish for sharing it. I see, you're only in Mississauga; not very far away from this lavender farm. Maybe you should come and visit it next summer and perhaps, hub about your experience as well. Cheers!

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      FlourishAnyway: Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      What a creative way of sharing so much information! I loved it! Thanks a lot to FlourishAnyway for sharing it.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      This is so lovely I am G+ing it and sharing it.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      teaches12345: Thank you and congratulations for winning the hubby award this year. Well deserved just like the rest of the winners!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      I love the scent of lavender and have a it placed around my home. I find it relaxing. After reading your article, I discovered the many benefits it has for the human body as well. Thanks for the education.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Genna East: You're welcome and thank you for stopping by.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      These fields are amazing. And I never knew lavender had so many health benefits. Thank you for sharing. :-)

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      brakel2: That's awesome! Enjoy them all.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      tobusiness: You made me laugh with your comment. :) Thank you.

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      Audrey Selig 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi again - My lavender plant came in the mail today. It is a 6 inch bucket within a bucket, and has a great fragrance. It is supposed to be in a sunny place inside the house and watered when dry. I love it.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      I used to associate lavender with formidable old ladies in lacy frocks. :) I guess I'm now at that age because I love the stuff. Terre Bleu sounds blissful, with its rows of lavender to excite all the senses.

      Great hub!

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      aviannovice: Awesome! My Township will be more than happy to welcome you here Deb and I'm certain you'll enjoy it. Do I sound like the mayor here now? Ahh, the soap and the lotion...they're fantastic! And yes, plenty of birds and butterflies. Bonus, wasp. He...he...he....

      No kidding now, you're very much welcome here.

      Love from the sky~

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This sounds like a fabulous place. I have been to Niagara, as well as in the area. I think I will go here one day when I have extended time, as I'd love to have some of the soap and lotion. I'll bet the place is full of birds and butterflies, too?

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      BlossomSB: I know, eh...why blue when it is indeed purple colour? :) I'll have to try lavender syrup on ice cream. That sounds interesting too and scones? Yum!

      Thank you for reading. Your valuable feedback is always appreciated.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Happyboomernurse: I can imagine your enjoyment...such a blessing indeed. Thank you.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Eric dear: My pleasure. Thank you for your visit.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      manatita44: Of course, you're invited...anytime. :) Well, thank you for stopping by. You have such engaging ways with fellow hubbers and I always enjoy reading your comments. Much appreciated.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Carb Diva: It is indeed a piece of heaven! Thanks for reading, commenting and voting. Sweet dreams...they are made of lavenders. Cheers!

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      poetryman6969: I bet you'll love the soap when you smell it. Fresh, clean scent...divine!

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      brakel2: Thank you. I'm glad that you like it and that you find this (lavender) God's wonderful creation beneficial. My pleasure to share. Enjoy!

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      whonunuwho: Did I ever tell you that I like your name, "whonunuwho"? Whatever is the etymology of your name, I think it's fun and it sounds like baby talk, which is cute. Well, thank you my friend for stopping by. Always a pleasure to see you in the hub station.

      Love from the sky~

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      bravewarrior: Thank you Sha for coming by and for the Tidbit. Not sure really what exactly is the agenda behind the lost "e". I'll take it from them..they wanted to be unique. And yes, Canada's official language is English & French and most Canadians are bilingual. So, I guess the owner knows better. One thing for sure, I'll be a frequent visitor of Terre Bleu even if I don't go inside anymore, I'll be happy to just drive by and smell the lavenders that lingers on the side road. I really love it there and in fairness, they have good products.

      Love from the sky~

      P.S. Do you speak French? :)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      An interesting article, although I can't imagine why they called lavender blue when it's such a lovely royal purple colour. Sometimes I make lavender scones and lavender syrup to put on ice-cream. It was used in food in the Middle Ages, too.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      RTalloni: Yes, indeed! Simply wonderful...thank you.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      esja: Me too! Well, thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Gail Sobotkin 2 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks for sharing this comprehensive information about the many uses and benefits of lavender.

      I am also blessed to live near a lavender farm and enjoy visiting it when the plants are in full bloom.

      Loved your photos.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you very much for taking me along on this wonderful trip.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Extremely beautiful piece, and the pictures, Heaven indeed! I love lavender. It;s in my poetry and I use it in massages. Great for aromatherapy, I would imagine, and my balding head, perhaps. He he:)

      Well written article and great place to live. Am I invited?

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      MarlenB: Hello and welcome to the lavender farm! Hmm...I just can imagine you swirling the wand and sniffing. Lovely, isn't it? Well, thank you for your visit. I'll be over your hub soon. Enjoy today!

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Faith dear, thank you for thinking that this should be HOTD. I'm flattered but this is simply written to satisfy my itchy fingers and excitement to share my new discovery of nature's bounty just within my reach plus I really love lavenders.

      I do the same thing to help me relax and fall asleep faster...cotton balls work with only few drops of authentic lavender essential (never use synthetic) and the smell lingers.

      Don't be jealous but I encourage you to visit places like this and if you ever come up north, I'd be glad to take you around. Thank you for always being supportive of my hubs. It means a lot.

      Love from the sky~

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      CrisSp - This sounds like a little bit of Heaven on earth. I doubt that I will ever travel to Ontario, but I will remember this hub when I drive by the lavender fields in Washington State. The scent does have a wonderful calming effect--I spray it on my pillowslip before I go to sleep. Sweet dreams. Voted up.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I love fields of lavender. I need to smell that soap!

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      Audrey Selig 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi - I am in love with lavender, and it graces my home in all forms. This hub is a pleasant surprise, as I was investigating the purchase of a lavender plant and found one online. All the attributes of lavender are captured in this hub and I cannot wait to make my new purchase. Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece. Sharing, Blessings, Audrey

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      AudreyHowitt: Hello and thank you for gracing this field Audrey.

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      Beautiful work my friend and very informative and useful. If we only knew of this so long ago. whonu

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      What a beautiful place you found, Cris! I can just imagine the intoxicating scents as you walk the fields. I'll bet you'll be a frequent visitor.

      I had no idea lavender repels mosquitoes. I'll have to look further into that. The humid climate here in Florida is a haven for the irritating buggers and I don't like using pesticides.

      Tidbit: La terre (the Earth) is a feminine noun. All nouns in French are gender specific. The correct version of 'blue' is bleue when referring to the Earth or any feminine noun. Conversely, 'pen' - le stylo - is masculine. Therefore, 'the pen is blue' would be: le stylo est bleu.

      Perhaps the owners didn't realize 'la terre' is feminine. Then again, since French is spoken in many parts of Canada, they may have dropped the final e for reasons of their own.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for highlighting this gem for us. Lavender is quite simply wonderful.

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      Esmé 2 years ago from South Africa

      I love the solitude and ambiance of small places.....enjoy!

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      This is a fun hub to read. Lavender is my favorite scent. Today I cut some lavender stems to make a lavender wand. As I work with this plant I enjoy the relaxing properties. I sure wish I could visit Terre Bleu Lavender Farm.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Lovely Cris,

      What a great hub ...I think it should be HOTD! I am so jealous about your lavender farm so close. I have to research my area and try to find one. Your photos are great and I could almost smell the fragrance in the air. This reminds me of back when I suffered with insomnia and I would place a few drops of lavender oil on my pillow, and it work ...so relaxing.

      I love how you included so many useful and fun facts too.

      Heavenly hub!

      Up and across and sharing everywhere

      Blessings

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      I am a big fan of lavender--so very pretty!! How luck y you are!

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      B. Leekley: Yes, I feel so blessed that I am surrounded by these beauties. Must have been hard for the farmers considering that we only have 3 months of summer here in Canada and so for that, my respect and admiration to them for keeping the farm well in shape and gorgeous.

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      billybuc: I don't think I'll get tired driving by these beautiful fields. It engages all my senses. Yes, the scent...hmmm, so lovely indeed. Thank you Bill for stopping by. Taking all the hugs from Oly.

      Love from the sky~

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      How lucky you are to have a lavender, honey, and maple syrup family farm just fifteen minutes from home.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      lambservant: But, catnips are beautiful too! :) Aren't we lucky to have these wonderful places nearby. I don't need to go out of town. I am out of town much closer to nature and I love it. Thanks for stopping by.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      ahorseback: Ed, my friend...thank you kindly for your visit here. Yes, it's good to have some free time on the ground and enjoy nature's best. I love the outdoor except for the bugs. :) Take care.

      Love from the sky~

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We have quite a few lavender farms in our area and I never grow tired of seeing them as I drive by. Love the smell too....love this article, obviously.

      hugs from Oly

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      Lori Colbo 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      We have a lavender farm in my community also! I always say lavender is the human equivalent to catnip!

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      ahorseback 2 years ago

      I hit funny too Chris , well because of the bunny thing , it calms everything everybody too , no ? And there are so many things that are just plain beautiful as they grow too , Lupine , Lavender , lilacs anyways I'm so glad my friend gets out there and enjoys the outdoors -on the ground too!........Lol.....your buddy Ed