There a change of destination for this months Slow Living Essentials Monthly Nine. After creating and running the monthly link-up since 2012, Christine has passed the baton to Linda at Green Haven
Lots of jamming going on: strawberry freezer jam, blackcurrant jam, red current jelly, red & blackcurrant jelly and apricot & strawberry curd. Also been brewing up some infused vinegars - clove & garlic and raspberry. Have found that Rémi's hockey kit drying rack is great for herbs and have some lovely mint, sage and oregano drying out in the garage for use this winter. I'm finally going to give soap making a whirl so have a batch of dried calendula flowers macerating in sunflower oil to put in my blend.
Despite the abundant rain we've been having (apparently the wettest July since 1965) the garden is blooming.
It's lovely to pop out there every day, even if it's just to pick some lettuce and gather a few eggs
|summer herbal tea mix - mint, borage, lavender, raspberry + leaf, black-currant leaf and nettle|
Potatoes, carrots, leeks, courgette, pumpkin & butternut squash, kale, cabbage, onions, garlic, gherkins, peas, green beans, rhubarb, plums, red & black-currants, parsley, sage, rosemary, chives, mint, oregano, edible salad flowers, swiss chard, corn, sunflowers and calendula. See my recent garden post here.
OCM - Oil Cleaning Method! for someone with quite oily skin this has been something of a revelation. Simply rub the oil of your choice - I've been using a sunflower/castor oil mix - on your face in place of soap or other cleanser, and rinse off with warm to hot water. Nothing else. I was a bit wary at first as it didn't feel like I was getting all the oil off, but come next morning, my skin feels wonderful. The great thing with oil is a little goes a long way, so this method is very economical. No plastic bottles to recycle every few weeks either.
Turned this rarely worn dress into a tunic by cutting the frill off. I rather liked it as a dress but it tended to blow up and reveal my underwear to the world. Now I can wear it over jeans where as before it was a tad too long.
Not a lot going on the knitting/crochet front at the moment, but I was inspired by Rémi's wood burning to have a go myself. I think I shall make a few more as Christmas present (with a nice pot of jam).