One of the best things about opening my cottage has been the friendships I have made and the like-minded people I have met along the way. One of these people is Pauline, my friend who owns and operates the business Infused with Nature, http://www.infusedwithnature.co.nz/ making and selling her wonderful handmade products from the calendula she grows on their farm at Arohena (about half an hour out from me). Pauline & I became friends when I began selling some of her products at Threadbear Cottage.
When she invited me out this morning for a cuppa and to harvest some calendula before it all finishes for the season, I didnt need much persuading.
Upon arrival at Paulines we had morning tea out on her patio as it was such a lovely crisp clear autumn day - she had made the most delicious home-made bread with (homemade) strawberry jam and blueberry muffins!!! The smell was so enticing. (no pics sorry . . . too busy eating !! :-)
She uses the calendula in most of her products by making an infused oil from the flower heads and also by drying and using the flowers or their petals in her range of soaps. Calendula has the most amazing healing properties & my 83 year old Mum swears by her calendula ointment for all manner of things!!!
I have used the calendula heads before in my citrus potpourri and find it retains its beautiful colour and doesn't fade like alot of other flowers do.
Fast forward to 6 hours later and I have the most glorious basketful of dried flower heads to use in my next batch of citrus potpourri . . .
I am so thankful to have a friend like Pauline - go look at her website for a full range of her products - absolutely beautiful handmade products that are all natural and all so good for your skin - click here for the link . . . http://www.infusedwithnature.co.nz/
Hope that works okay folks as am still learning my way around this . . . :-)
When I make my next batch of citrus potpourri I shall remember to show you the calendula flowers used in it in all their wonderful colour :-)
Til next time, cheerio for now,
Julie & Mr Wolf x x x (rather tired from helping Mum)