Three reviews in one week - what is my blog coming to? On Monday it was a review of our writers' group book, on Wednesday it was Robert Wilkinson's Poetry book and today - you can't say that I stick to one subject - it is Tanya's soap.
Tanya of Lovely Greens (see my side bar), who lives and runs her business from the Isle of Man, chose me and two other bloggers and has sent us all a present. I chose to have a tablet of her hand-made soap (I already have a pot of her lip balm, which is excellent). It arrived this morning and is called 'Sunshine' - well that in itself is enough to make it a joy to open the envelope.
It contains citronella, that wizard at deterring midgies (of which there will be plenty now that the temperature is rising), so I have already put it on the farm wash basin so that the farmer can use it to wash his hands before coming in to lunch.
So thank you Tanya - I am delighted with my present. If it is as good as the lip balm then I shall be buying more. I am all in favour of these small enterprises selling hand made goods - in fact I am all in favour of any independent businesses. When we read of another so many thousand tons of meat being withdrawn from circulation in the light of the horse meat scandal it does make me want to stick with independent traders where I can.
We are lucky enough to have an excellent independent grocer/wine merchant/butcher/deli in our little market town. It is a long-established business and is always crowded with shoppers. They sell everything from the humble carrot through olives and various appetisers, a whole shelf of cheeses from at home and around Europe to rare breed beef, pork and lamb (this week Highland cattle, Gloucester Old Spot Pig and Jacob lamb).
Outside it is hazy but the sun is trying to shine. I am about to make a coconut cake for the week-end but shall then don my gardening togs and take the wheelbarrow into the front garden for a spot of tidying up. There is nothing like a spot of sunshine - be it in soap or in the outdoors - to perk one up. So thank you Tanya - and thank you weather. Maybe is shall need some form of liniment tonight for a bad gardening back.