Hi there!

I’m slowly working towards some simplicity within the home, but hey! It’s a lot of hard work!

I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.

While I don’t always have time to reply to comments, I love reading them. I hope you enjoy your stay and I hope you learn something new because I love sharing what I learn, and I'm always looking for another new skill myself.


Saturday, February 12, 2011


my mum used to make a great beeswax furniture polish, very creamy....she used to put it in the local craft shop and it would go quickly...

Use a large heavy based saucepan or boiler that wont be used for food again......

1 lb beeswax
3 oz bicarbonate of potash (from chemist)
9 cups of water
1 quart or 2 pints of turpentine

Cut wax into shreds. Boil with Potash and water until melted. Take off heat. Add turpentine and stir thoroughly until mixture is constistency of cream. When you think its done, stir again for another 20 minutes, if its not stired enough, it may seperate in the jars.....(which can be shaken before being used, but its not pleasing to the eye if seperated).....My mum's never used to seperate, I made a batch and it seperated, Mum said I never stirred it enough.
Bottle with metal lids.....Use sparingly with a towelling cloth.

1 comment:

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