A lifestyle change took place when we moved to our smallholding in Wales, we are leaving behind the consumerism of life, growing our food, raising our meat, living our lives to the full, enjoying every day the highs and lows of country living, but not going without just doing it better.
They say you shouldn't air your dirty laundry in public.
Well I feel like have to share mine with you all.
My clothes get pretty filthy when I am working outside,
I tend to wipe my hands down my trousers often during the day
and the knees end up filthy as I am often kneeling on the ground
Then there is baby animals that like to jump up on you with dirty feet.
Now these are soap nuts,
What is a SoapNut?
Soap Nuts are actually berries from the Soap Berry Tree (Sapindus mukorossi).
They are not a nut! These berries grow on trees, ripen and drop to the
ground where they are collected and then dried naturally in the sun.
They contain saponin, Mother Nature’s soap! This natural soap is
released from the SoapNut when agitated in water.
There is a lot of info on the site and how to use them
I bought these soap nuts a few years ago they do last for ages,
I put some to use today, a handful in little bag thrown into the washing machine with the washing
Nice clean clothes, that smell good as well nice and fresh.
No chemicals better for the septic tank, cheaper and better for us.
I am not an Eco warrior by any means, but if something works just as well is chemical free and better for us and the environment I am all for it.
I set out another 4 pallet collars today, these are on the south side of the poly tunnel,
weed membrane has been laid underneath them and they will be part filled with alpaca manure
like this one then topped with soil, these beds are for the squashes,
we got another 8 pallet collars in exchange for eggs.
managed to snap this photo today of broody hen with the little chick that she has adopted.
She was all puffed up with annoyance that I was there and was trying to get the chick back in the safety of the house.
Also snapped this fella this morning,
can you see him sitting on the post.
A big buzzard enjoying the morning sun.
This book arrived today, Louise over on Welsh Dreams Now Reality has mentioned the magazine Pretty Nostalgic a few times on her blog, I did a search on the web last night and found on Amazon they did a year book, today the postie brought it, (Amazon is great)
I have had a quick browse and love it, loads of tips from the past, recipes, stories and projects.
Something I can put down and pick up a real blast from a bygone era.
Off to have another browse now
P.S I am doing a giveaway later this week so make sure you tune in.