Glenis bottling plums

 

How To Bottle Plums

It’s time to bottle those plums! This picture is of my Mum, Glenis, with her sterling bottling effort back in the seventies; we had a few acres and part of it was filled with a range of fruit trees, after giving fruit away and swapping for other vegetables there was always a lot left to bottle for a taste of summer during the winter months. Many of you may already have this recipe as it’s …

 

lady spraying legs

 

DIY Shimmer Spray

Summer’s here, and so are shorts and skirts and swimsuits. This always catches me somewhat unprepared; I have to rummage around my wardrobe to find what I was wearing last summer (that I seem to have completely forgotten about) and see if everything still fits and looks okay. This year a quite a few items had to go, but I was lucky enough to replace them with some fantastic finds at the local Greenhithe second …

 

scrub in a bowl and orange flower

 

DIY Gardeners Scrub

Scrubs can be expensive to purchase, and many brands are loaded with chemical fillers, so why not make your own! This effective peppermint scented gardeners scrub works to exfoliate dry skin while moisturising and protecting. I’ve called it a gardeners scrub as it’s great at removing dirt, grime, and green stains from working outside. Pop this scrub into a funky jar, add some raffia and a Christmas decoration or two and you have a lovely …

 

lavender soap

 

How To Make Your Own Soap

I love this humorous, inspirational story from A Home Companion about the first time Wendyl made soap, am definitely going to give this recipe a try. If you or anyone you know suffers from skin allergies making your own soap is one way you can be sure that the soap you are rubbing on your skin is free from added fragrance and other problematic synthetics. “My first problem was how to get hold of some caustic soda, …

 

wheat grass

 

The Wonders Of Wheat Grass

  We discovered the wonders of wheatgrass a few years ago when my sister’s son Calvin was growing it for a school project. He had to do extensive research on its nutritional value, how best to grow a productive crop, and the best way to extract the juice from the grass – which is not as easy as it sounds. Over that period, we all got to drink plenty of wheatgrass, and I saw a noticeable …