My hands are so rough and dry at the moment that I put runs in my own sheer silk stockings. That is a joke! When was the last time you saw me in black stockings and heels! But my working hands are pretty rough. One way to have soft hands is to work with raw wool. The lanolin in the wool is the best thing for your hands. However I do have an alternative as well! More of that in a minute.
Mama’s fleece has been washed. Sara the Crazy Sheep Lady over at Punkins Patch has done all the dirty work. Her hands will be very soft. You will remember the fleece laid out before I shipped it. All filthy. Well pop over to Punkins Patch and look at the difference. It is fantastic. Mama is hiding a snow white fleece under all that.
Don’t tell Sara what I used to do with the wool! She is going to blog each step for us right through to the spinning so that we can learn the process too. I will link it in each time.
Now because most of you do not have access to this lanolin laden wool, how about this! I was reading Heidi’s post over at Lightly Crunchy and came across her lemon oil hand wash.
It reminded me of the sugar scrub I used to make. Thank you Heidi.
I was at the old folks home the other day telling an old dairy farmer that I was going to milk a cow soon. He looked at my little black jacket and my skinny jeans tucked into my long boots and my slightly too bright red lipstick and all that blonde hair tied up in a pony tail and dubiously said, “Well, show me your hands then”
Surprised, I did. He visibly relaxed when he held and inspected my worn and battered hands, with the scars and the healing burns , the skinned bit where Daisy leaned on me as she walked past not realising she was dragging the top of my hand along the fence post, the uneven nails that I can never quite get clean. He nodded as he handed me back my hands. “You’ll do good.” Hmm.
So yesterday I made a batch of my lemon honey hand scrub, incorporating Heidi’s recipe, and it will sit on the windowsill above the sink so I can be a clean girl again and my working hands will be soft.
Sugar Scrub for farmers and gardeners hands. (And your legs!)
I was rummaging about amongst the oils, looking for the grapeseed oil, and saw that the coconut oil had melted in its jar. It was that hot yesterday. So I poured some of it on my head and massaged it through my hair. Well, you would, wouldn’t you? It is great for blonde hair. An excellent natural hair conditioner. My blonde headed friend in NZ used to say that “it was blondes like me who give the real blondes like her a bad name!” I have told you that before. But it always makes me laugh! Mean!! Anyway for shiny healthy hair (do I sound like a commercial?) leave the coconut oil in your hair, on a hot day, for an hour -then wash out. Not a cold day. The oil will go solid in your hair on a cold day and look really funny!
Anyway, while the wind blew, and the bendy trees bent, I sat on my sheltered verandah with my scrub, my moisturising hair and a big bowl of water and I had a solitary spa moment! The wind was terrible yesterday. Hot and howling. Important to note, do not go out and work with bees after using the sugar scrub!! Worse, do not go out and hose down the pig sty, having your newly scrubbed legs nibbled at by a snuffling pig is most unsettling! Yes I know. Scrubbing the skin then scrubbing the pig sty is the wrong was around. But I can’t stay clean more than five minutes anyway!!
Good morning. How does Friday come so fast? Friday morning is my rest morning. The chores are done at double time thenTon and I drive to the retirement home to see The Old Codger and his friends and lay about chatting for a few hours while TonTon gets his cuddles. Which reminds me- that dog needs a shower before we go! I had better get a wriggle on!
Have a lovely day.