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Hot processed soap
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Hot processed soap

… an adventure into the unknown A few weeks back I shared my experiences with making soap. At that stage I thought there was only really one method. How wrong I was! While Polly Pender’s 1983 publication seduced me into believing that soap making was easy-peasey, what with measurements in cupfuls and spoonfuls, and mixing with … Continue reading

System upgrade!
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System upgrade!

Introducing the Barracuda 6000 and the Biologic 8000! We have been fiddling around the edges with the aquaponics system. Ostensibly it’s a CHOP set-up (constant height one pump). I say ostensibly as one pump runs the main part of the system (to and from the grow beds and the fish tanks) but we have another … Continue reading

veggie garden

And the yolk …

was on me! A quick post for anyone attempting soap making off the back of my previous posts. The egg mould thing, while it looked great, turned out to be an ENTIRE pain in the backside! Yes, I did try to ‘shell’ one of the soaps too early and it did not come out cleanly, … Continue reading

Soap in an eggshell
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Soap in an eggshell

… and the house smells amazing! Today I again dipped into the instructional pages of Polly Pinder’s Home-made and at a fraction of the cost. Published in 1983, it is delightful publication which includes chapters on growing herbs in pots, home-baked breads, soft cheeses, chutneys, pickles and mustards, smoked foods, sweets, nature’s drinks, fruit preserves, scents and … Continue reading