Lavender Farms and the Beauty of Virginia


I spent the morning at the Seven Oaks Lavender Farm in Catlett, Virginia in Fauquier County. As I drove with my friends through western Loudoun County and down into Fauquier, I was reminded of how beautiful Virginia is in the late spring when everything is green and the flowers are just starting to bloom.

While my friends cut lavender to dry, I wandered around the farm, talked to the owner, and remembered all the reasons I moved Kate to the country in One Big Beautiful Thing. Don’t get me wrong, I love where I live. Falls Church is fantastic, busy, diverse, and home, but there is some part of me that really likes that rural beauty of my childhood, that likes the silence and the solitude, at least for a little while.

Then I remember the bugs and the mud, all that work to maintain so much land, and how isolated it is. I think I’m better off keeping country living to the realm of fantasy. Ah, fiction. The country life in my head is so much less work than it is in reality, best to leave it as a lovely dream.

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