It’s with a sinking heart that I’ve just realised how very close to Christmas we are, & how very unprepared I am feeling. Should have realised as we have been extra busy making ointments, gift boxes & Creme perfumes to send out to the various shops we supply. We have made a batch of Aftershave Balm, & will put it into our website shortly, meanwhile you can guess what the menfolk in our family will be getting for Christmas!

The Hastings Community Arts Centre, very bravely hosts a pre-Xmas Arts & Crafts Sale, which is full to bursting with an unimaginable selection of goods. It’s well worth a look in if you are passing. We always put some products in, & it helps us to get through January without feeling totally penniless.


We’ve had fantastic rain over the last few days, just as we were getting nervous about water supply. CHB has a hosing restriction in place, & Hastings District has a fire by permit only restriction. This is very early in the season, & after the Autumn drought, it did not bode well. Now the garden is refreshed & the tanks topped up, & everyone is feeling a bit more optimistic.