~coconut oil & yarn~

well folks the coconut oil treatment worked a treat.

i think the trick is to really give your scalp a good soaking and leave it overnight, but cover your hair!
i have a floral buff that i have had for years~last seen here in my avebury posts from last year keeping my head from getting sunburnt...

so i just wrapped my hair totally at bedtime to protect my pillow.

in the morning i just washed my hair in my usual seaweed shampoo and so far i have been 95% itch free for two days and my hair is super soft.

i have to admit i have been contemplating using home made shampoo, i seem to have an ever increasing concern over the assorted chemicals in products.
we use faith in nature seaweed shampoo and although it doesn't contain SLS or SLES i still wonder if my scalp is sensitive enough to be intolerant of the ALES in their product~its entirely possible.
anyhow i have been on the susun weed forum to see what other people do~i am not sure i am brave enough to go the no-poo route.

do you want to share your haircare with us?
do you have any shampoo recipes or are even no-poo?
if you want to share just drop me an e-mail and i will do a sham/no-poo post in a few days!


we have had a few nice days and so i have had to combine not using all my spoons with enjoying a bit of time in the garden.
i shall try to get out tomorrow and take some photos, but we have a few nice splashes of colour. the yellow of the forsythia is fading to be replaced with the bright, almost lime, green leaves~that alone makes me think we are really into spring now.
swampy is convinced we are still due another spell of freezing weather but i think mother nature knows best.


we are both excited as next week our raised beds are going in~gone are the days of an almost formal garden, it is now divided into exciting sections.

now we have my 'nook' which hopefully in the next few weeks will be resplendant with wooden seating and a little table~i cannot express how excited i am to have my 'nook'~everyday i look out or stand there imagining sitting in my seat with my crochet or a book, enjoying home made lemonade and looking at our growing things and listening to the birds, we are so lucky to live where there is no passing traffic and are far enough away from a main road.
next come the raised beds, edged on one side by the path~a bench is going under the bedroom window under which is going the small logs we have been collectingfor our fires/outdoor cooking~even boiling a kettle when it is too nice an evening for going indoors!
the pathway will also house a potato growing bag and tomato pots and hanging from the eaves will be baskets with strawberries.
the garden is then divided again with cody's 'bed' and goes up two steps under a wooden arch to a sloped grassy area where a wild life pond is going.
around the edges are beds where we have flowers and herbs.
we have never had a 'forever' home before and so never really had the inspiration to do anything so exciting. although it has taken nearly two years to get to this point (and the bedroom still has not been decorated!) it feels good to know that the main work is nearly done and we can really start to enjoy it.


i have been pandering to my crochet obsession these past few days~one day i couldnt even get out of my pyjamas and did little but read~i finally started 'wildwood-a journey through tree's' by roger deakin (who by the way wore boots from green shoes, the folks who made my lovely green boots!) after finishing 'blackberry wine' by joanne harris (another beautiful book)
i first heard 'wildwood' read on radio 4 and fell in instant love with his lyrical writing and so finally recieved my book as a yule gift.

...here i am branching off, i am meant to be showing you this...

do you like it?

my lovely alpaca cotton is being worked into a grannie shawl and as i am working it with a size 7 hook it is growing fast.
as you can see its designed with blocks of 'raindrop' separated with bands of 'rice' and 'salmon'~two more bands of 'rice' today and its back to the 'raindrop'.
i am now debating if i should edge it with scallops of 'rice'...

depending on how much is used i may well make one up to go into my etsy store.

well i have been sitting here too long and feel mentally tired now.
its only just gone 5pm but as you know that is effectively mid-evening for me so its time to get into my comfortable pyjams (not a spelling mistake~read 'pie-jam's'!) and think about dinner.