The hay shed catches the first rays of sun in the mornings when I fork out enough hay to fill the cow's hay rack. Just a short walk to the rack on the other side of the fence, but it takes quite a few trips, so I often think I've done the equivalent of a morning walk after the exertion that warms me to the bone.
The past few mornings have been frosty with temps of -2C degrees at sunrise; two pairs of gloves are required to keep the fingers from seizing up.
Some rain last week accompanied by this rainbow in the late afternoon.
Pekin bantam shenanigans in the house garden.
I could not imagine life without this.
Day and night, a fire burns or coals glow; always at the ready to warm, revive, boil a kettle, bake bread, cook all of our meals, incubate cheese and yoghurt cultures. All round most useful and appreciated appliance and much loved soul of our kitchen is this Irish made Stanley wood combustion stove.
One, two and often three per day. Thankful that orders from buyers enables my obsessive sourdough making.
Working from the kitchen today as a pot of dried apricot jam bubbles on the wood stove. I cannot be trusted to leave the room when cooking, such is my propensity for becoming easily sidetracked.
Dried apricot jam will guarantee to stick to the bottom of the pan as soon as my back is turned.
Thank you to those folks who have sent emails and messages following the publication of my article in the latest Grass Roots magazine. (No.259 June/July 2020 issue.)A couple of emails from people who wanted more information on skin moisturisers and deodorant that I mentioned in the article.
Maximum word limits sometimes make it difficult to elaborate in the magazine, and I tend to be a bit too wordy. My thanks always to the editors, Megg and Jessamy for their unwavering patience and encouragement.
I once made deodorant using lemongrass essential oil which, after a few hours on my body, started to smell like urine! However it wasn't wasted, we used it as bee pheromone to attract a swarm to a bee box, but that's another story for another time.
Coconut oil is also used as body moisturiser. Unscented, rubbed on arms and legs especially during summer is cheap and chemical free. Add a dash of lavender oil to repel flies and mosquitoes.
Did you know that Parabens in many cosmetics and body moisturisers, are the cause of hormonal issues? Parabens and many other chemicals are scientifically proven hormone disrupters.
Our skin is the body's largest organ, is very absorbent so we really need to be careful what we put on it.
Olive oil rubbed in well, as often as required, is also cheap and chemical free.
Glenafton Goats milk products are chemical free and extremely well priced.
I love this facial moisturiser for my weathered and dry old skin.
For $12 a pot, and free postage, I usually order three pots at a time to cut down the postage costs for the small family manufacturer. I get almost a year from three pots, using it every morning and night.
When I think of the dollars that I wasted on 'products' during my lifetime, I squirm. But when I think of the chemicals that I used to slather onto my skin and hair that were washed down in the waste water, the plastic bottles and containers I unwittingly encouraged, I cringe with shame.
There's no point stressing over the past, but once we have the knowledge we can be empowered to do better for our health and well-being, and for the sake of the planet.
Choose wisely folks.