Sunday, 17 May 2015

More chemicals ditched

for two days now I have used the foundation powder I made. I used a little concealer underneath to give better coverage of my ageing skin. The powder works really well. It does go all over the place and I have to shake excess off the brush. It is just a case of getting used to it. The  recipe I found says to use arrowroot which I cannot find so I have substituted maize flour. It is a wonderful new world to me and I am really enjoying the journey. It is a challenge finding ingredients but if others can work it out so can I.
I cannot get cotton dishcloths here as they use sponges for washing up. There are lots of microfibre cloths around but they are synthetic. So.....I am going to knit or crochet my own. I will find some chunky cotton and make them. Then I can keep a stock and wash them when necessary.
Slowly I am looking at different things and realising I can make things.
In the food department I want to make biscuits. We both like them but homemade ones are best eaten on the day they are made and I do not have time to make a daily batch, I think! I make them from time to time but that is not enough. I need to give more thought to this one and do some googling! I always make cake but that keeps better. I make bread too but that also keeps well.
In the autumn I want to bottle a lot more fruit for puddings as a lot of tinned fruit has a plastic lining.
The elder flowers are beginning to show so it won't be long until I can make elder flower cordial again. I need to make more this year so that it lasts until next year. Along with rosehip syrup this gives me 'squash'. I now never buy commercial syrups or squashes. It is all good stuff!


  1. I think you are doing really well! I love reading your blog; we hope to retire early and do a similar thing to you.

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  3. It is difficult to do all this when working although I did manage the real food bit. The more I read about how our food and cleanings are so antibiotic and chemical laden the more I want to make my own. I had not realised it was so easy to make my own. After a bit of research I now know I can use Marsellaise soap and savon noir liquid soap in place of castille. I have a good source in a local shop of this so will use it in future. It will save having castille sent from America!