I have been feeling really guilty about not updating this page, or my facebook page, and in the last couple of weeks I have had some questions about buying soap and some enquirys on the blog, so I thought that I had better get on here and update.
We did go to the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo, somewhere there are some photos. In February just after the Seymour Expo we were invited to take part in the "Tallangatta Expo" which was a bringing together of all the Towong Shire's artisans, there was a huge array of handmade goods, from icecream to wooden chopping boards. We have had our regular farmers markets and for the first time there is talk of them going through winter.
But mostly I have been busy at home and on the farm, our vegetable garden produced a bumper crop of tomatoes, our apple and pear trees did not want to be out done by tomatoes, so we got heaps of apples and pears, not to mention the chillies, blackberries, basil, peas, beans and of course it all seemed to come at once. So I have been busy freezing, pickling, and bottling the produce.
We have dealt with floods again, thankfully we live in the hills and the floods come and go pretty quickly. My heart goes out to all those down stream who get inundated with the accumulated flood waters that hang around for weeks and months.
We have also been busy fixing up our "hut" which is a cabin that we built about 10 years ago, it has been a spare room for guests, it was our temporary accommodation for a couple of months when we moved back here from the dairy farm, we always wanted to make it into a B&B. But lately our plans have taken a redirection, which they are often apt to do. As the soap making is out growing the laundry cupboard, kitchen and dining room we decided that we should make the hut the soap making centre. So the floors got sanded and sealed, the kitchen and laundry areas got tiled. Now we just need to put the sink and stove back, add a bench and a washing machine and the hut soap making centre is all ready to go. There will be a proper blog post about this soon as I will be starting to advertise it a bit more, we are hoping to have tea and coffee facilities and a few other items to make an interesting little shop.
In the midst of all this I have made a batch of goats milk and honey castile soap, and learned to make liquid soap thanks to a very informative soap queen video and ebook. I just picked up another 10 litres of our beautiful snowy mountains olive oil. So I am hoping that this week I will be restocking heaps of soap.