Lovely Lavender

The old farmer and his wife who used to live in the cottage would have planted Lavender. Not only is it an attracted flower it was very fashionable amongst the ladies. So it was one of the many tasks the housewife would have had to do.  Fresh lavender was dried and put into muslin bags and hung up possibly in the kitchen. It was used for wardrobes, to wash walls and furniture and for lavender bags which were stuffed between sheets in linen presses. The lovely aroma was a welcome one to those used to smokey filled rooms due to the cooking fires. It was also used to repel insects, treat lice, to perfume potpourri, in furniture polish and soap, as well as a cure-all in household medicine cupboards. You can see some lavender hanging high up in the roof of the cottage kitchen.

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