At most reasonable expense, we bought 'The Security Team' some new Kuranda beds for inside during winter. Durable, easy to construct and maintain, off the cold tiles, rounded edges for comfort, chew proof, what more could they want. However, this is what happens when the designers forget to ask the users....
Well, yes, according to my jonquils.
Perhaps they think they are in the Northern Hemisphere where it is, actually, Spring. They look happy enough making flowers while the sun shines, and they smell divine. The bees aren't convinced though, no takers as yet, apparently jonquils produce very little nectar and only a bit of pollen so may remain unvisited as there's still lots of other flowers in full bloom here.
It's that time of year again, when odd splits and cracks appear as the skin-layer adjusts to the changing temperature. Below is a particularly unattractive picture of a heel split, sudden and painful, and representative of anything that has a slowing effect on metabolism (and the energy available for repair) - ambient temperature being but one of them. I'm still in shorts.
But let's just talk about fixing them shall we? A simple beeswax ointment and a tight plaster covering. So any of our lipbalms or ointments will do the job, but COVER the split and keep it covered for a few days, keeping the oxygen out and the carbon dioxide in will make it heel much faster, spelling-pun intended.
(I have deliberately left out why this works and the elegantly simple mechanisms at play. Fix it first and we can think about it later, if anyone's interested at that point!)
Spent a splendid day yesterday processing beeswax which is a pure cauldron job which almost calls for that tall, black hat I have somewhere.
Very simple to do - take the residual natural wax cappings from the frames, drain it of the remaining honey, wash it in warm water and then melt it in a double boiler and pour the result through muslin cloth to separate the wax from the remaining sticky bits. All the stickiness, heat, goo, and mess is worth it - honestly! - to produce our own wax, for your healing ointments and lipbalms. Such balms are going on sensitive places, thus purity and provenance matter to us - and perhaps to you.
And now for the clear up! Which of course includes alcohol. To wipe down. Honest.
At last we have responded to those who think we should get out more.
Here's Jenny, who works in Sydney with us, me, and saintly Carol from left to right, oh and me again, all pinnyed-up at Seasons of New England in Uralla, with over 100 stalls showcasing local New England produce last Saturday. We had a great day, meeting and re-meeting people at what is always a fun event, including some interesting young men from inner Sydney who were not frightened of moisturisers (NE shed dwellers, take note!). Thanks to everyone who stopped by. xxx
Never let anyone tell you that you are only as good as your genes.
Given the right environment, nurturing and support, fictitious limits are just that, fictitious.
These 5ft+ cosmos daisies didn't know they should be only knee high.
Wouldn't it be great if we treated each other like that.
Then we too could stand tall and turn our faces to the sun.
Announcing our new hydrosol toner, affectionately known as "Spotty" for problem skin. Willow bark, Lemon-scented geranium + Eucalyptus, what more could skin want. There will be more in this series, post testing, but for now, we're very happy with our Alembic Still results and we think you will be too! See us at the Seasons Show in Uralla this weekend for a free squirt!
Like these pretty beeswax food wraps, we are now drying out in the New England. Well over 6 inches of rain this month at Inverell, most of it in the last 10 days, and we are now officially SOGGY. Looking forward to no rain at the Seasons of New England event in Uralla this Saturday, it will all be fine and sunny that day, so see you there!
...walnuts in our case.
A great season for them this year and they end up in cakes with our apples rather than skincare - for once. I know some use the ground-up shells as a scrub but we consider that a bit harsh, so we use sugar, essential oils and Gwydir Grove EV-olive oil in our Restore Scrub instead. Much better to feed the skin than flog it.
The green hulls have anti-worming properties and the soft wood has centuries of use in fine European furniture. This tree also shades my plant nursery and the odd, undiscovered walnut has been known to bury itself in a pot plant to start a new tree. Gotta love nature, so adaptable.
Travelling through the black soil Liverpool Plains last week, where Carol and I both used to live, I was reminded of their beauty and exceptional productivity, not to mention the genuine and hard-working people living there. Sorghum and cotton are close to harvest now, strong, fat cattle dot the paddocks and thankfully - thanks to a massive, 10 year long, country-and-city effort - no disastrous BHP coal mine is in the middle.
I remain dismayed about the planned Shenhua incursion onto the ridge country near Breeza, and the CSG pillagers with their incompetent and toxic track record - your food production remains under threat.
If there is to be food and fibre at the end of this rainbow for decades to come, let's hope the power-addled and incoherent policy minds in Canberra wake up to themselves sometime soon. Here's hoping - dinner might depend on it.
#5: 10/2017; Lemon Scented Geranium & Still surprises.
#4: 9/2017; Elderflower, Canadian Herbal Monastery adventures; Spring Tea; Donkey's Milk?!!
#3: 8/2017: Heartsease, Helen Mirren, Ointments vs. Balms, testers wanted.
#2 7/2017: Oats, Winter tips, glass.
#1: 6/2017: Poppy, Winter tips, oils.