I'm always happiest when I'm creating things. It's when time pauses and I become one with the process of creating.
I've been baking cakes since I was about 10 and learned to knit before that. I can make bobbin lace and spin yarn. As a teenager I made my own clothes and creating a home in the 14 houses I've lived in is always a pleasure.
Recently I had the opportunity to learn how to make soap. My good friend Nicola - soapmaker extraordinaire held a masterclass in my kitchen for me, Lou and SueJ.
There were ingredients to be weighed, measured and melted - coconut oil, olive oil, beeswax. We created chemical reactions with water and caustic soda.
We added fragrance. Applejack for Lou and SueJ and not one to ignore the inner hippy I went for rose and patchouli with a bit of jojoba (ok so not so inner hippy).
It was a wonderful day as we chatted, drank tea, laughed and like magic ended up with soap.
Yes that is four demijohns of cider and that's a whole other story.............