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A newborn Scottish cashmere kid

A newborn Scottish cashmere kid

Cold and snowy



This is the father of last years Scottish Cashmere kids and of the kids that are due fairly soon.



This picture is of Rose and Lupine the Anglo Nubian's. They visited two very posh Anglo Nubian billy goats and will no doubt produce beautiful young.


It is very cold outside. Real chilblain weather. Some snow is still lying.




The ducks had a lovely time in the deep snow. They paddled along creating tracks that when frozen allowed them to travel at high speed. They are such cheerful souls whatever the weather.

How welcome it is to hear the wild birds tuning up again. A sole starling spends quite a bit of his day in a beech tree below the workshop. He had an astonishing repetoir.

Three Coumbian Blacktail hens, who came from the local organic egg farmer as past their laying best, are still laying. They are wonderful considering the time of year. I expected them to stop laying very shortly after they arrived, but that was several months ago. When I collected them i could hardly believe my eyes. Any 'past laying' ex battery hens that I have had in the past, have been in a piyiful state. These three were in excellent condition. It goes to show!

This afternoon is booked for soapmaking. Pure Goats Milk Soap. The Rayburn is stoked with logs and my pinny is at the ready.

I hope that the weather is OK wherever you are and thank you for your messages.

With kind regards
Carol.





Soapmaking


Well the weather turned yesterday so no pictures were taken.
It is still wet and windy outside. Thankfully the workshop is toasty warm thanks to the wonderful sixty year old Rayburn.
RAYBURN SMALLER-1
I am about to make Rose Geranium and Lavender soap and feel sure that gently heating the oils on the Rayburn does make a better soap!
Rosie the Anglo Nubian goat to the left in the picture above, supplied the milk for todays soap.

Bayberry Soap is available again as several customers mentioned that they missed the scent. It is a lovely soap for autumn and winter months.

Calendula Petal above, is also back in stock. It is what I am using in the cottage at the moment. I love the way that it just smells of proper soap!
The simple things in life.

I hope that you have a happy clocks back Sunday.  Carol.

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