Photos: Karin Mack
“It was our favourite part of the day, this in-between time, and it always seemed to last longer than it should – a magic and lavender space unpinned from hours around it, between worlds.”
We were all packed and ready to go to the Spring Day Celebration at Liefland Lavender farm. Crazy as always, we were chatting, laughing, listening to music and dancing behind the steering wheel. The excitement in the car was infectious.
We followed the N1 towards Polokwane and took the Nyl toll plaza off-ramp. Out on the Roedtan Road (D1943), we missed the turn-off. With huge animation, we turned the car back around. Just as we thought we might be lost, the entrance to the farm appeared. The gate was decorated with purple balloons, the colour of Lavender.
We drove through the tree canopy leading up to the car park. We were so surprised by our beautiful surroundings, that the chatter in the car turned to silence. Gone was the dry bushveld. The air was filled with the fragrance of Lavender. Spring was definitely in the air.
“Come in. Come in. Relax and enjoy the morning with us” Wilna greeted us.
An old white swing covered with a beautiful colourful quilt silently invited us to slow down. Everywhere you looked was fresh lavender in purple polka dot holders. People were celebrating spring day around white tables with purple tablecloths. The atmosphere was festive and we were surrounded by the lively buzz that sounded like the bees in the lavender fields.
With eager anticipation, we stepped into the shop. The smell of lavender was refreshingly thrilling. There was dried lavender in bag’s, bath salts, soap, cream, lavender sugar. In short, we were in a lavender paradise.
“Take some. They are fresh from the fields” said the owner Rolette. We feasted on the baskets full of blueberries till our fingers and teeth were purple.
It took me back to one of my fondest childhood memories on the farm where my siblings and I sat high up in the mulberry tree. Large juicy black mulberries were hanging from the branches. We ate until the soles of our feet, our hands and faces were stained purple.
We saw a few ladies gathering around the owner’s husband while distilling lavender. He was making lavender oil to sell in their shop. I instantly felt uplifted by the scent of lavender around me.
Afterwards, we sat and enjoyed a beautifully prepared lunch of pancakes filled with chicken together with scrumptious meatballs. For dessert, we had ice cream with blueberries under the trees in the lavender field.
“Let’s just enjoy this moment and not think about our problems,” my mom said. Strengthened and inspired we returned home.
Liefland Lavender farm is one of those special places that stay with you long after the hustle and bustle of everyday life carry on. The changing of the season together with the pretty picture of my beloved bushveld painted in colour invigorated my mind and weary soul. I can highly recommend visiting Liefland Lavender Farm.
The owner Rolette and friend Wilna can be contacted anytime you would like to go visit Liefland Lavender.
Rolette 083 656 3887
Wilna 082 890 3751
Be sure to follow and like Liefland Lavenders on Facebook. Hope to see you on the 1st December for harvest day!