May I introduce you to a few people I have read with this week

I am hoping to do something new with my Sundays, though as you know my plans have a bad habit of going array. But I want to Introduce you all to some of the new readers  and commenters of these pages and some new collections I have discovered on my own travels.   Often we see  names as we are wandering about reading and commenting ourselves. With all our names intertwined I thought I might make some introductions on my lazy sundays.

You may have noticed that I am not using that word that rhymes with frog, and bog and sprog and chocolate Log. I much prefer the words writers, pages, collectors, imagery, colours and lovers of art. The word that rhymes with hog and smog is slightly brutal (what is the word I am looking for) tacky somehow. Maybe the word is  base or even a wee bit ugly, and I think that the pages I read, the ones you write, are beautiful and tasty and poetic and deeply informative. A much better reason to be out here On the Webs.

I suppose it is a bit early to think about cleaning the pool!

So may I introduce you to a few more charming pages.

remedial eating Molly is a delightful and intelligent cook with delicate beautifully designed food imagery and two very busy children.  The really fascinating thing about these pages is the photographs she takes of both. Weaving her text and recipes through vivid and colourful everyday images.   She does not post often and is well worth the visit when she does pop up.

how sweet eats. Jessica is alarmingly beautiful and young. She is producing  sumptuous  pages full of gorgeous food.   Her excellence is in simple clear presentation. She also has a generous exuberant sense of humour wandering through her words.

philosopher mouse of the hedge  Karen  and Phil have some startling and often humorous observations about life.  They are  not backwards in coming forwards. I love Karen’s visits though Phil is described as the writer in the About page. I love the pages. And I sincerely hope I have the authors names correct.

pseu is a poet, a lovely succinct writer and a photographer with an eye for detail.  I think she is a watcher.  One of those people who sees what the rest of us have just walked blithely past.

writing feemail . Renee writes as she reacts. There is a lovely honesty about her work. She is current and informative so I love to visit her to see what is going on.

Cooking Spree. Ani is another food find for me. Her work is breathtaking. She has a deep appreciation of light and lightness both in her food and in her food photographs. Her joy of food  and her kitchen (and other peoples kitchen’s) comes through very strongly in her work.

There now. The Rosemary is out on the deck taking in the sun. 

Some Sunday reading for those people who, like me, are not watching The Big Game.  Not because I don’t appreciate those good looking fellas running up and down chasing the wee ball and showing off their thighs and  (well  – you know). It is just that I don’t understand the rules. So I become deeply irritating for those who want to watch.  Though the nice boys  do spend a lot of time in huddles talking to each other and this is lovely. I like men who really talk to each other!

And yes that is a photograph of ash. Oak ash. Now at the risk of you thinking we have gone completely bonkers, we are going to make our own soap from scratch.  The first stage is to gather a bucket full of hardwood ash.  I will let you know when we proceed to stage two, which is the wetting then evaporating of the ash.  The scientist in the family is in charge of this one. Just for the record it is very difficult to make ash look pretty!

Have a lovely Sunday and  for you guys over the other side, Good Monday Morning!

c

75 Comments on “May I introduce you to a few people I have read with this week

    • Evidently it takes some time! My job at the moment is to sit in front of the fire and watch it turn to ash (laughter) c

  1. Well, thank you, Celi for mentioning me! And thank you for all those other blogs for me to go off and visit. That’s the next hour sorted 🙂

    • You are welcome Linda.. hope you are getting a wee bit of sunday to yourself. Farm animals don’t care what day it is! c

  2. And a good morning, to you, Celi! I cannot wait to learn how to make soap. No, I won’t be making any myself but I’m definitely interested in the process. I really enjoy Cooking Spree and if the other blogs you’ve mentioned are nearly as good, then I’ve got some great reading ahead of me. Thanks for pointing me in their direction.

    • John won’t let me post it until he has proved he can do it! Plus he is going to distill lavender oil to scent it. Which means we have to wait for the lavender flowers! Old fashioned living in a slow moving process. A great project though! c

      • Oh so sad you’re not closer! I have to trim the lavender walk today; I given away as many flowers as possible and have only trimmed one side.

        • Oh how miserable, I am sure they will make lovely smelling compost! Have you made lavender jelly? It is really tasty! c

          • No I haven’t made lavender jelly yet; I just made lavender shortbread! so yummy.
            The compost worms are always happy with the lavender along with the squishy figs and other rotting garden treats…….my garden gourmets.

  3. Morning C.,

    Thanks for the new reads, I can’t wait to check them out.
    We too, collect the ash from our fire pit, but we use it as a soil amendment in the garden beds.
    While I like football, I don’t much care for the big game either, too much hype, I usually record it and then fast forward to watch all the commercials.
    Enjoy a lovely Sunday.
    LaTrice

    • Morning Latrice. It is a good idea to sprinkle a little ash around your beds. John has a strict rotation, so that i do not over sprinkle. He also throws the ash onto the icy areas of the drive, it is very old-fashioned but effective. I don’t like to throw salt too close to any gardens! c

  4. It´s like a big circle of friends…I love it. And am looking forward to hearing how you make your soap as here it´s done with used olive oil and caustic soda which doesn´t appeal much. I have bags and bags of ash (almond, olive and oak) so await the “recipe” with interest!

    • Morning Tanya, ss the mad scientist, aka Our John has explained to me you make something like the caustic soda with the ash.. It takes a while though..In the meantime collect a bag of pure oak. This is what we are using, however i think he said something about fruit woods as well, i will check for you c

  5. First things first: the ash in your picture looks very pretty. In Mrs Beeton’s book of Household Management, she has a section on laundry, which begins: “first make your soap…” I forget the rest, thankfully!

    If I hadn’t already spent a large chunk of today b……g – er putting stuff on my site and reading others’ posts – I would have dived straight in to your list of recommended writers. As it is, with a little of my second translation yet to finish, and a third one to start, I will save them for the next rainy day – and thank you indeed for the heads-up.

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  7. Well then, for the record your ash is pretty, but I really thought at first that you were going to apply it to sand and DE for your chickens to dust bathe in. You will, of course, delight us with pictures, a recipe and such when you are done? 😉 ~ Lynda

  8. Acquaintances of mine began a Soapworks operation in their kitchen about 25 years ago and have now retired. They have handed the operation over to their son and daughter-in-law who have the responsibility for 6 shops and a quite an exporting business.

    So be careful, Celi…the soap bug may be contagious.

    • Goodness me. Is that the name of the company Soapworks? I shall look them up! i would be excited to even make my own though! Let alone sell it! c

    • It is those elderly people that i love to talk to. they knew the old ways. There is so much information that has been lost about living self sufficiently.. c

  9. Here you go again, linking us up with yet more cool blogs on which to spend our time and think-fulness. Well, off we must trot then. But thanks meanwhile for another batch of fine photos, some inspirations and–you know, the usual Celi collection of treats! Fortunately, I can leave the time-consuming fine soap production to others because our favorite old-fashioned steakhouse here does all of their own butchering, keeps all of their beautiful beef tallow, and makes a line of lovely soaps from it. Haven’t decided on a favorite yet: mint? Rosemary? Cinnamon? . . .

  10. Oh my goodness Celia! What a dear and generous thing, sharing friends the way you do! I’m so grateful to you for mentioning me (so kindly!) and am looking forward to meeting the others! i’m a rather “late comer” to your blog (pout), but I do so LOVE it here! Thank you again Celia!

  11. Wow I did not know an ingredient in soap was ash. How cool it is to learn something new every day!

    Have a wonderful day Celia.

  12. I think the ash looks great – somehow you manage to photograph the most ordinary things and make them look good. I look forward to seeing how the soap-making goes. I always meant to do it, as I have plenty of manuka ash from the fire at the bach, but somehow I never got round to it.

  13. I’m going to look forward to your Sunday feature. Thoroughly enjoyed reading those that you listed, and gosh, I’m astounded at how professional some of them are put together.

  14. Thank you for the introduction to some new reads Celia. Soap, oh how very exciting! There is nothing you cannot do and do not do Celi, you are truly a remarkable and inspirational lady!
    🙂 Mandy

  15. Soap… truly nothing goes to waste on the farmy! And everything has the potential to be manufactured there! Soon we may be seeing packages coming out branded ‘Made on the Farmy’ 🙂
    Thank you for the blog recommendations…

  16. I remember my granny making Lye soap many times, though I was only a child and wasn’t interested in the process. It was always preceded by a “Hog” killing, which, wasn’t my favorite winters day. But, the fresh ham, smoked country ham, bacon, pulled pork, roast, and homemade sausages I remember from those days,can certainly not be purchased in stacks of vacuum-packed hyper-processed supermarket bins.

    As far as the soap, I do remember the Ash, as well as Lye, and of course the “Lard”. That is one thing they have “Med and Bred” out of Pork today, the fat. Albeit, if eaten regularly, leaner is healthier, though flavoring, and seasoning are greatly sacrificed, and it is really difficult to make your own ( good ) country sausage. I have added fat from many sources after grinding a shoulder from the butcher shops of today, but, it just isn’t the same.

    Best of luck with the soap…We only used it for our hands after working the hatchery house, the hogs, harvesting tobacco, or scaling fish. So, a bar of it was rarely found indoors, beyond the porch room utility sink, as by that time modernization was already breaking up the family farms. Along with all her domesticating, gardens, orchards, canning, jellies and pie, she ran a small country store…but, none of the (2) brands of soap she sold could ever remove a days farm build up from your hands like a bar of her homemade Lye soap…
    Still, one aroma that rest today in my memory…that I hope to never to smell again…is “Dial” soap…which was the choice of the store bought brand. Too much of a good thing you could say…is quite enough.
    Bless You
    paul

    • fantastic info there. And I have NO IDEA what to expect with this soap making business! I am tending towards olive oil but i am not the Scientist in Charge. Maybe we can make both kinds and see what is better! c

  17. Thanks so much for all of the lovely links! Be careful with that ash; if memory serves, lye burns. We burn pine, so I am enviously admiring your lovely pile of hardwood ash. Mmmmm…. ashes….

    • AHA, you know more about this than me then, though John did say this is where the acid comes from that changes the next step into soap. We burn Pine in NZ too but they won’t touch it for firewood around here! c

  18. It’s always fun to widen our circle of friends. 🙂

    I look forward to following along as you make your own soap. Ash is something we have plenty of in the winter months. I wouldn’t mind using it for something other than spreading around in the meadows.

    • It is good for the ground too so well done for spreading it about. A lot of the componenet of ash and charcoal actually bind nitrogen.. all good.. c

  19. I like the ash photo – lovely light and shade. And making your own soap? I’ll be interested to hear how that goes. Thanks for the links to all those interesting blogs too! So much to read, so little time……

  20. I AGREE. I HATE THE WORD. Apparently it was coined in 1997 as “web log” and then it was mushed together.

    SHIVER.

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