passes so quickly! It is now very much like
Autumn at Christmas Croft. The lambs look
like sheep now and spend more time grazing
than playing, and the ewes have regained
rounded figures! The hens are
still laying plenty of eggs, and I am hoping
honey very soon from the
beehives (of course the honey will be used
Balmy's Bee Good soap!)
summer is a very busy time on the croft
- now the goats are grazing in the fields
lot the weaknesses in the fencing become
apparent, The goats are so clever at finding
them and much time is spent trying to outwit
them and stop them eating the 6000 hedge
plants I put in a few winters ago. The sheep
also need a lot of watching at this time
year - they can get ill so quickly. Fortunately
goats are very robust and have a strong
will to live!
of the Jacob ewes have produced 14 lambs
between them and it is one of the
joys of this time of year to take a time
out to watch the young ones playing
forming gangs to run madly around the fields
together, and cuddling up together
shelter at night.
our lovely Billy goat has moved on to an
excellent new home nearby. It was
to re-home him to avoid in-breeding, and
I was lucky enough to be
approached by someone
looking for a Billy who has an obvious love
A REMINDER : please do remember that if
you would like to try any of
- including the Skin Cream - before you
buy, please do just ask and
I will be delighted
to send samples free of charge. As someone
with sensitive skin
myself, I do understand
that it can be difficult (and expensive!)
to find products to suit.
I have had some excellent
feedback recently about my products (see
further down the page).
Laura emailed to
tell me that she tried Balmy's Bee Good
Honey soap on her hair and it worked
as a shampoo! Of course I then tried it
and have to agree. I think it would be useful
on holiday to use as a soap and
shampoo bar combined.
I have had some great write-ups
in the press in 2008/9, including a recommendation
from 'The Lady'
magazine, a mention in the
shopfront section of 'Gardens Illustrated'
magazine as a product for the
(kindly recommended by Alys Fowler, head
gardener of BBC's Gardeners' World),
a 2 page article in Amelia's Magazine, which
was accompanied by a superb, specially commissioned
illustration. I have also been interviewed
by Scottish Farmer for an article coming
You will notice that the
new products are now available on the site!
Goosey Lucy's Egg Shampoo
is selling as
fast as I can make it, and there is an encouraging
flow of orders for all the products.
last few weeks have been very busy for me.
As well as making the products, I have been
at various Farmer's Markets, and
have been giving lots of talks about my
products and goats. I have
had a wonderful
time at many Scottish Women's Rural Institute
meetings, where I not only got a
but also got to judge the baking competitions
- what a brilliant perk!
I recently had a brainwave
about the packaging in my gift baskets.
Up until now I had been recycling
materials that come as packaging in the
parcels that I order. With the increasing
orders that I am now getting,
this was no longer enough, so I looked out
the fleeces from our Jacob
sheep that were
awaiting the great day when I would learn
to make felt. I put them in a pillowcase,
washed them, and hey presto had some natural,compostable
packing material! I've put a note on the
gift baskets with suggestions for how to
re-use it (bird nesting material, packaging,
felting etc etc...)
Don't forget that I can
make up lovely gift baskets to order, and
send them gift wrapped diract to
together with a unique 'Gamrie Goat' gift
card with your own personal message.