Monday, March 17, 2008

Soapy Weekend

The flow of time is unstoppable of course, but to me it always seems to run faster on the weekend. I had a very busy one getting work done in preparation for the Farmer’s Market that will start in May. I’ve been soaping like a maniac. Not that I know how a maniac soaps, but anyway.

The whole house smelled lovely from all the essential oils in the soaps! I love soap making, it’s truly something that relaxes me and creating the various soaps is very enjoyable. There are so many new soaps I want to create! I have lots of new ideas for this season and it’s hard to focus on making the old favourites first. :-)

Batches that were made:
Lavender and Oatmeal - a creamy bar soap with organic Scottish oatmeal and lavender essential oil.
Clove and Oatmeal – another bar with the organic Scottish oatmeal, this one has ground clove and a spicy blend of essential oils.
Prairie Sage – my personal favourite! So of course it’s a blue soap with my special blend of oils…. Mmmmm.
Patchouli – a deep earthy soap that’s very creamy, this bar is either loved or hated – no middle ground.
Garden Mint – lots of mint! But as Pliny said “Mint reanimates the soul” so it can’t be a bad thing. I made this in the characteristic cream and green soap again, but couldn’t do layers with this batch. Maybe next time.
Lavender Luxury – the heart shaped luxury soap. This time I have a bunch of “broken hearts” where the mold didn’t fill completely and I’m missing corners etc. Still smells wonderful though, there’s a reason this is called the luxury bar!

Now, I only have about 50 more batches to make and I’m ready for market!! :-) I’ll post pictures soon.


Monday, March 10, 2008

See How We Grow!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

They've Arrived!

After a long labor and a very difficult birth we have two babies! They are the first of the season and I don't know who's more excited, Elsie or Meg the dog.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The End of Winter Vacation!

Winter time is a bit of a lull. The market ends at Christmas, the animals require minimal involvement, life is quiet. I've really enjoyed my break, but its ending this week!

Despite the cold weather, Spring is here. How can I be so certain? I'm awaiting new arrivals! The 4-legged sort of course. "Angel" was due Monday 3/03 and has still not delivered yet. I think she's taking great delight in making me wake up two or three times a night and drudging miserably bleary eyed out to the goat shed to check on her. Its all worth it though, the sleep deprivation will be over soon and we'll have beautiful baby goats to care for. I can't wait! Oh and we'll be awash in fresh goat's milk!

On the down side, with the warm weather last weekend we were able to check the bee hives. We've had a higher winter kill this year than usual, which is really dissapointing. Two of the hives are very strong though and we will be able to split them, creating four total.

I'll post pictures as soon as I'm able. Finger's crossed for the safe arrival of Angel's babies!