Tuesday, November 16, 2010


November is shaping up to be a busy month. We started with the Upper Murray Farmers Market on the 7th. I love doing the farmers market, meeting new people and catching up with friends and neighbours in a relaxed atmosphere. The weather was beautiful, and of course we forgot the camera. The local photographer was there as always, but I wasn't quick enough to ask him to email me some photos. Maybe next time. We also had a stall at the Weekend of Wonders, which is an arts, music and poetry weekend at Tintaldra, Walwa and Jinjellic, which are 3 tiny towns on the Murray. It would have been a wonderful weekend if the weather had been fine, but instead it rained and the forecast was for floods, so in light of the flooding we had already had this spring lots of people decided to stay at home. Mark and I also had to take a drive to Tumbarumba one day, so while we were there I could not let the opportunity pass to visit the farm where we buy our essential oil. Mick and Karen Clifford at Rosewood essential oils grow and distill their own Lavender, Kunzea, eucalyptus and peppermint oils. I have bought oils over the internet from them and had always wanted to visit but even though they are only an hours drive away it always seems to be in the wrong direction. We were not disapointed to see their farm, it is only small but it showed us how you don't have to have a big expensive set up to make a quality product. The Tumbarumba area is beautiful and well worth a drive and I highly recommend the bakerys pepper steak pie. Hopefully next time we drive up there we will male the time to see the Mannus Dam that burst during the last flood.

So because I now have restocked my oils, I have been busy making more lavender soap, see post below, and restocking the Aussie Bush soap which I made with goats milk this time instead of cows milk, I also made a small lot of plain Kunzea soap, just to see how it would sell. I'm not sure if I will continue that line as the Kunzea is very expensive. I'm also looking for some Sandalwood oil as I have had request for it, that will be a very expensive soap. But we will see if I am game enough to spend that much money, and then charge accordingly.

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