How would you start a perfect day? Imagine this – the sky is a blue as blue could be, not a cloud to be seen. You're looking across a green valley on one side, and forested hills on the other. It's warm. The sun is bathing fields of lavender. The scent from that lavender is wafting gently. And there's not just one scent, but many, because there are many different varieties of lavender here. And then there's the smell of coffee and freshly baked lavender scones. A friendly dog, much like one in Footrot Flats meanders by for a pat.
That's how I began a recent visit to the Barossa Valley. There we were, in the elegant grounds of Lyndoch Lavender Farm, grazing on cheese and bikkies and scones with jam and cream. We fell in love with a sweet scarlet jelly on the cheese platter. Enquiries ascertained that it was called pomodoro, a tomato – based condiment, delicately flavoured with lavender. As was the ice-cream, scones and tea that issued forth from the Lavender Kitchens. A couple of Blue Wrens and a Willy Wagtail hopped by. We were told we might also see crimson rosellas, Adelaide rosellas, kookaburras, kites, and even wedge-tailed eagles.
Of course we had to visit the shop and marvel at the hundred different uses lavender could be put to; from face cream to insect repellent; from pillow stuffing that would send one off to sleep to exotic bath oils. We purchased some bath oils as a belated birthday present for a friend. The girl at the counter gift-wrapped it for us, which was lovely. I am not a great wrapper-upperer. We remarked how much we enjoyed the Farm. We were offered a tour. To be honest though we were just content to wallow in the tranquillity of the place.
Lyndoch Lavender Farm's website is www.lyndochlavenderfarm.com.au. It is open from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm daily from August to January and from February to July on weekends and public holidays (weekdays by appointment). Parties of 10 or more are asked to book ahead. Phone (08) 85244538 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.