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!
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)→
I recently converted some of my Tesco Clubcard points into a Gardeners World magazine subscription and my first one arrived today, along with some free seeds – yay! Continue reading Every Little Helps…→
This is NOT a euphemism for anything random as that headline sounds! Last week I was lucky enough to meet Odin, my friend’s 7-year old Golden Eagle (he breeds them). I’ve never been so close to one before and the experience completely blew me away. Continue reading I stroked a Golden Eagle!→
Threave has been on my ‘to visit’ list for a few years, ever since one of my gardening club friends told me about it – it’s the National Trust’s Training Centre for future Professional Gardeners and is home to the School of Heritage Gardening. Continue reading Garden Bagging – Threave→
So, as part of my new job at Scotland’s Garden Scheme, I’ve decided that I’m going to try and ‘bag’ all the gardens – with over 500 open in any one year (some opening every other year), this could take me some time but at least I’ll now have plenty of opportunity. Continue reading 101 Greenbank Crescent→
Keen & willing (if slightly clueless) and gardening at 1000 ft – life in & around our Scottish Pentlands garden