Monday, 24 October 2011


It is true, most of my delays with Serenity Potions are due to the fact I have a 2 1/2 year old daughter.  But I wouldn't change it for the world.

Yesterday, we had to run back from my parents house to get home as quickly as possible, why? Because there was a troll chasing us. I love the fact that the world I had to leave behind as I was growing up has been rediscovered by the next generation and I can take part in it.

Suddenly in my 30's I am transported back into a world where there are fairies living in trees, there are witches living in the woods and trolls live under bridges. Unfortunately in this world there are also monsters, which cause my daughter to wake up crying at 3 in the morning, but she knows the fairies will see the monsters off.

I guess I never really wanted to leave that magical world behind, If I had lived during the 1692 witch trials, I would have been burned at the stake.  I have always grown herbs in my garden, I have owned a cat since I left home at 20, I do have a mole on my back and I have used aromatherapy since I was a teenager.  I think the  broomstick in the bathroom might have been the give away.  However, my gingerbread houses have always been a disaster.  I hope it doesn't upset Sophie's childhood too much.

There is a natural magic in the air around this time of year, with Halloween approaching this is enhanced by the retail business.  When I was younger my Grandma would always show me the 'magic trees' at the bottom of her garden, at about 4o'clock the sunlight would hit the yellowing leaves on the trees and they looked as if they were made of copper, bronze and gold. It always fascinated me, and I loved going round after school to go and look out for them.  I love the fact the smells in the air are changing ready for the cooler weather, the cooking smells from peoples homes are changing from Mediterranean pasta dishes to soups, stews and pies, comfort food for the cool weather and warming from the inside out.

I hope you all enjoy Halloween, in your own way, and make the most of the gorgeous weather we are having at the moment.

Friday, 14 October 2011


I haven't update this for awhile have I. It's all my fault, let me show you why. 

This is Leopold, he lives with me now. 
On December 1st last year, I had to make the awful decision to have my 13 year old cat, Mort, put down, this happened just 3 weeks after my husband lost his job and right before Christmas.

At the time I said "never again" I was determined to never own (or be owned by) another cat.  In September I went into Pets at home as Father Christmas is getting Sophie fish for Christmas but we need to set up the tank for him first.  I fell in love with a rabbit they had in store.  After much debate it was agreed that a Rabbit at this time was impractical.  My husband however found online a local lady who's cat had just had kittens and booked a viewing for me.  Of course I was going to end up with a kitten. 

Two weeks later we went to collect Leopold and he is nicely settling in with the rest of the family. 

Having a kitten in the house, has made it interesting to try and cut anything out, sew anything or even draw.  He is into absolutely everything.  However I have planned to crack on next week and get things done, even if I have to lock him away in the bathroom for a couple of hours or drug him with lavender oil.