One of my favourite aspects of the festive season are Christmas lights. In my blog of Christmas activities, I mention the joys of going for a walk when sun goes down and the lights go on. As a child, looking at all the window displays and Christmas trees lit up in people’s homes was a special part of Christmas. It felt magical. [..read more..]
Whilst in Hong Kong, I stayed at the Ark Eden Project. Being an environmental organisation, the focus is on living lightly. Outside the compost toilet, the hand washing facilities consisted of a small bowl of soapberries. These were used in place of soap. It reminded me that I have soapwort – Saponaria officinalis – growing in my garden as a weed. Some people know it as “Bouncing Bet”.
So one of my projects upon my return has been to finally research and use the soapwort as a natural alternative to standard soap, shampoo and detergent. It is still growing and flowering at this time of year which has been handy (forgive the pun). [..read more..]