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Saturday, 8 December 2012

The Butcher, the Baker and the Candlestick Maker.

Brrrrrrr!  It is very chilly.  I have just read the weather forecasters are predicting a White Christmas.  Ooooh, I hope so.  Next week we are set for Arctic conditions that are predicted to last until the New Year.  We will see.  It will make a change from the terrible floods we have seen again in the UK over the last few weeks.  There were floods in Worcestershire, the county I live in, but personally I have not been affected by floods.  A work mate could not make the journey to work and the village my brother lives in regularly has it's bridge closed due to floods.  The only problem I have had is a very soggy back garden.  It has been like a sponge.  Each morning I have had to squelch squirch my way up to the chicken coop.  Out they run.  These chickens are happy to be alive whatever the weather.
              'Lavender' is over her broody month and I am very happy to report she is back to her usual self.  She is singing her pretty song again and bossing everyone around in the garden, chasing off the pigeons, magpies and blackbirds.  She seems to be good pals with 'Rosie' which is nice.  The two of them seem to be spending increasing amounts of time together.  Rosie was lowest in the pecking order and the most attention needy where I was concerned.  She is the one that likes to jump on me and climb onto my shoulder.  I am only getting two eggs a day as Lavender has not resumed laying and somebody is laying an egg a day but the shell is so thin it is always broken.  I have tried supplements and additions to the water but it has not helped.  The egg itself is fine, but I cannot get them to the house without breaking them.  I think it is indicating all is not as it should be with 'someone' I do not know who and as they all run around happily hoppitty skipping I am trying not to worry to much.
               I gave Henry and his friend a lift to work this morning.  Well, what is left of Henry:
This is Henry's hair 'Donation' for The Little Princess Trust.  He has raised in the region of £400 now for the charity which is really fantastic.  I am sad to see this hair go and would have liked to have done a weaving project with it.  Four days after having his first haircut in years Henry went for another haircut!  This made me chuckle.  He appears to be constantly preening and fussing over his hair now!  He likes it 'just so'.  This haircut has been quite a shock and the poor lad does not quite feel like 'himself' at the moment.  I am sure he will get used to it soon.
              Euan has been nagging me for months to use our 'Candle Making Kits'.  Today was the day.  He took all of the following 'Candle Making' photographs apart from the one of himself.
My Aunt gave me this kit for my birthday this year.
I bought this kit from a charity shop for £1.

We got out aprons on and got a serious look on our faces, ready to set about this important business.  I think my son could get a job in security or as a door man!  Would you cross this fella?. . . I know I try not to!
We dutifully followed the instructions and covered everywhere with newspaper and then we set about identifying the contents of the boxes.  I had to nag Euan a bit to read the instructions for himself.
We were both a little amused by this rubber mould. . . well I am the mother of two sons after all.  Say no more.
Euan manages to get Messy shots of the kitchen.  I bought the smaller of these two saucepans from a Car Boot Sale a couple of weeks ago.  It cost £1.50 and I got it specifically as the 'Candle Making Pan'.  It worked well as you heat the wax over a pan of boiling water.  We decided to go 'Advanced Candle Making' and add essential oils.  We made purple 'Lavender Candles' and Red 'Ylang Ylang and Cedarwood Candles'.
We liked the adding colours part.
We prepared the moulds with the candle wicks and poured in the molten wax.  Then we left the candles in the garden for hours to set.  Euan has decided a 'Lucky' recipient for each candle.  He will give them as Christmas gifts.
I am itching to have another try now.
           While we tried to wait patiently for our candles to set we did some baking.  I made some bread rolls to eat with Homemade Pea and Ham Soup for dinner.  We are determined to keep out the cold.  Euan made our favourite 'Cookie Recipe' of the moment.  He did a great job making 'Smartie Cookies'.  We used this 'Nigella Lawson' recipe Here.  They are a bit too quick and easy to make.  Euan managed it by himself.  I did the oven part.  They made the house smell lovely and were a welcome tea break.  Euan prefers 'warm cookies' with his cup of tea.  I however am not fussy. . . a cookie is a cookie is a cookie.  Eeeek cookies, Christmas and Weight Watchers do not mix very well do they?
 You would have to have a will of iron to resist one of these little beauties.  We have some wrapped and ready for Henry and his friend when we collect them from work.  He works hard and struggles to get a 20 minute break during the whole day.  So I am sure these cookies made with brotherly love will go down well. I feel like we have had a productive day at home.  The kitchen looks like a bomb has hit it!  I hope you are having a great weekend.


  1. Lovely post as ever Lucy. The candles look great. Don't start me off on something else
    Most importantly congratulations to Henry on such an awesome fund raising feat. He more than deserves a cookie !
    So glad about crooks but wonder who is laying the delicate egg?
    Kindest regards linda

  2. congratulations to henry...
    and the candles are looking so lovely..
    yummyyyyyyyy cookies..enjoy them
    lots of love for you xx

  3. Dont WW have winter break!?! It would be very charitable of them. The candles look brilliant.Hehe! Good to have a giggle at the funny mould ^_- It made a very pretty candle.

  4. I would not dare make those cookies!

  5. I'm glad to see Henry's hair ready to fly off to do some good work. You must be proud of him. And also proud of Euen for making such gorgeous candles and .. those cookies! Now I want some! But I don't have pretty M&Ms to put in mine. You have such lovely boys!
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    *M*E*R*R*Y* *C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*!*
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    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  6. Yes, you and the boys have had a very productive day, and I enjoyed reading about it! Bravo for Henry's successful contributions and Euan's candles are lovely gifts. I'm glad Lavender is better and hope you are able to help whoever has the thin shell problem. As for the cookies and the wrecked kitchen...well, Lucy, the cookies provide fuel so that you have the energy to clean the kitchen...right? xx from Gracie :)

  7. I hope the chickens are back to laying "good" eggs soon and Henry gets used to his hair. I must say the candle mould made me giggle too. I love the candles, well done. xx

  8. Oh those cookies look so yummy! And now I want to make candles too! Yours turned out so nice! What a wonderful post!

  9. I am inspired to make candles now:)x

  10. great candles and photos Euan, how much longer do we have to wait for your own blog ??
    I'm sure Henry will get used to his new look and enjoy the cookies, i prefer them warm aswell

  11. Congrats to your son for making so much for his fundraising event! I've donated my hair before and it really feels weird to be without it after having it so long. :D

    o my, what kind of candles are you making with a mold like that, LOL! It makes a lovely rose candle, though!

    I hope your chickies fix themselves but whenever we had them on our farm, we'd give 'em some cayenne pepper mixed up in their food. Maybe it would help.


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