You may (or may not!) have wondered why things have been quiet in our Pentland Garden the past few months. Actually that couldn’t be further from the truth – it’s been quite bonkers.
I’d always fancied a go at soapmaking and lockdown brought with it a whole heap of extra time with nowhere to go so the perfect opportunity. I started with soap but quickly moved on to candles, diffusers, and many other products.
It’s a completely absorbing end to end process from creating the fragrance combinations using essential oils (and sometimes fragrance oils in candles and diffusers) right through to the properties of the products and the end look and feel. Even better I can use things from te garden in these natural handmade products – for example I’ve used rose petals in a wild rose soap and mint in a dead sea salt exfoliating scrub.
What started as a lockdown hobby has now grown arms and legs and I’ve just launched Pentland Aromatics. I’m not fully legal to sell all of my products yet – I need to get my soaps and skincare products certified first but I’m well on the well.
2020 may have been an insane and tough year for most of us but I’m really looking forward to properly launching the new venture and of course growing more plants and flowers that can be used in my creations – exciting times!
Sandy found Betty ‘asleep’ in the coop this morning. She was a feisty one – I’ve seen her chase pheasants out of the garden, not to mention the cats and dogs too.
It was June 2015 that we brought Betty, Rose and Marge, all Cream Legbars, back from Culzean. Sadly we lost Marge in fox attack in 2016, along with Ivy and Etta but Betty and Rose. She seemed pretty happy yesterday so can only assume it’s natural causes – not sure how long they’re supposed to live but am guessing 5 years isn’t too bad.
Lockdown put a halt to plans to get some more hens but now poor Rose is all alone we’ll have to see what we can do – don’t want her getting all lonely.
Well, we’re still in lockdown, although we have had a bbq in a neighbours garden which was lovely. The garden centres are now open but I haven’t been brave enough to face the hordes even though I’m still desperate for compost – have just had to give up on some things I’d hope to grow this year now.
We had a very un-Scottish hot sunny May, it all came as a bit of a shock when June blew in with rain and at least a 10-degree drop in temperature. The garden was definitely needing the rain and its much easier going out running again now.
Lots of things are starting to flower and grow in the garden, my daily walkabout are always a voyage of discovery, I seem to find something new every day.
The first baby chillies and baby tomatoes are just emerging in the greenhouse.
We’ve had the inherited leylandii trees that were blocking out our neighbours afternoon sun, lopped right down – maybe still to come out fully but that’s a much bigger job. The decking has had it’s first coat of paint since we moved here over 7 years ago – oops!
The bog cotton is looking fabulous out on the hills just now – I can go past without lying down in it and taking a photo.
One thing I have enjoyed about the lockdown is the extra time at home that’s allowed me to have a go at lots of creative and crafty things that I’ve always fancied or dabbled in but never really pursued. A recent birthday was the perfect time to get kitted up for some of them. Continue reading Flower Pressing (in the microwave)→
As I write this it’s snowing outside – I kid you not. We’ve had a pretty dry and sunny Spring with the occasional warm day thrown in and I’m desperate to get some of my seedlings out – with overnight temperatures of -3 forecast, I’ll need to hang fire a bit. Hurrah for the new greenhouse though. Continue reading Sometimes the snow comes down in May…→
It’s hard to believe that we’re already into week 4 of lockdown. Spring is everywhere, the butterflies and bees are busy dotting about, the cries of lambs echo all around the fields, pungent wild garlic permeates the air and that eye-popping acid green of new growth is bursting out all over.
The lockdown has meant that I now have a lot more personal time than I’ve ever had before, it’s quite nice not going at a 100mph all the time. The days are noticeably much longer and I’m finding time to get out running every day as well as other pursuits like reading and crafting and I’ve also started making sourdough bread – things I’ve wanted to try for years but never seemed to get around to.
Of course, the garden is getting much more attention than usual. I’ve been digging out the veggie beds and enriching the soil ready to get planting. We’re still getting regular frosts but it won’t be long now. We’ve also got ourselves a new mini greenhouse so we can move seedlings out of the conservatory where they have a tendency to burn and completely dry out during these sunny days.
Gosh, I love this time of year and I’ve really enjoyed having the time to properly notice everything as well.
Finally, a big THANK YOU to all the amazing key workers that are putting themselves at risk every day while we stay home and safe.
The girls are finally laying again now after their ‘Winter’ break – it’s been a good 6 months this time. They are getting on a bit now and their egg production had certainly slowed down significantly toward the end of the Summer last year. Continue reading We’re Back in Business!→
Keen & willing (if slightly clueless) and gardening at 1000 ft – life in & around our Scottish Pentlands garden