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The final day June 27th

On the last day of our adventure I drive with my Mum in the direction of the north Norfolk coast. This area is so familiar to us both, and when we drive down the little street where we used to live and later visit on vacation, I start to get flashbacks in the form of physical sensations and memories flooding my being. We stop for ice cream, and visit the site of Norfolk Lavender, the most famous name in local lavender production. It looks like they don’t grow lavender commercially for essential oil anymore, but just for garden plants, bouquets and dried lavender for the tourist trade. That trade seems to be booming in their gift shop, but what interests me is their “National Collection of Lavenders” which aims to be a living archive of all known varieties of lavender. They are doing a pretty good job so far, and I had to give up trying to photograph all the different varieties long before I had got to the end. These pictures will give you an idea of the breadth of the collection though.

After a lunch of locally caught crab, we head back to Welney to pay our respects at the graves of parents, grandparents and great-grandparents…not to mention numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. We arrive towards dusk and place little bunches of fresh lavender on the headstone of my grandmother, Bobby, and grandfather’s grave. 

I take a moment to remember and reflect on the gifts they gave me, and how my love of plants was kindled running along by his side in search of rare and fabulous botanical wonders.

As we walk out of the little churchyard of St.Mary’s I hesitate, something inside not wanting to leave this place where, despite having spent relatively little time in my life, I feel so at home. I notice that the evening sky is looking really pretty after the rain showers that this day had brought so I walk a little hoping to get a last picture or two of the fenland in which the village is situated. To my delight, amid the beautiful cloud formations that hang over the lush landscape, a rainbow appears. I have always felt that a rainbow over the landscape at the moment of departure is a special indication. As I drove away from my now home town of Sedona, AZ after my very first visit seventeen years ago the sky over the red rock cliffs was brightened by a beautiful rainbow, and I knew I would be returning very soon.

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