It has been nearly a year since my last blog entry and so much has happened. Somerset Garden has plodded along while I have sorted my life out and I think I am now ready to start making again properly and take this small business up a gear. Whilst I no longer have my ever supportive husband to help me on my journey, his ideas and enthusiasm will still be carried forward in my making and vision for the future.
From the beginning of June we will be in our brand new cottage in the middle of a lovely Somerset village. It is just being renovated but they promise me it will be done by the beginning of June. It has been an interesting project, taking out a skip load of thatch that was hiding in the roof and discovering various wallpaper styles dating from the late 1800's to lovely 1980's chintz! The well in the garden is looking hopeful as a source of our own spring water for the soaps, just a few more tests to be done and then I will be using it for everything. I am also investigating having some resident bees for my balms which would be lovely, I'll keep you posted on that one. As before I will be growing many of the botanicals included in my soaps and a large herb garden is planned (as well as my favourite untouchable nettle crop corner!).
While I have been quiet I have started training as an aromatherapist and my products from the autumn will be taking on a new direction and I will be making more goodies on an individual basis to suit your needs. This is still in the final stages but I will keep you up to date as I get ready for this exciting project.
The EU regulations that ensure what I sell is safe are being changed in the summer, so what I make will change slightly to ensure my paperwork is minimal and what I make is what you all love. This is a bit of a headache for me at the moment, but don't worry I will keep going, I just need to get it all sorted out over the next few months.
So all in all a massive change is happening. I am still making so if you want something then get in touch and I will see what I can do. My new look will be emerging from it's current chrysallis form over the next few months and will be in full flight by the autumn, ready for some really special Christmas treats!