It is a truth universally acknowledged that the bicentenary of Pride and Prejudice will be accompanied by a surge of Jane Austen-related events and merchandise - and articles that shamelessly hijack the novel's first sentence.
So, I've been making my own deodorant for almost a year now and love it.
Amazing. Works better than the stuff I'd been buying, easy to make, leaves no marks on clothing, lasts ages (made my third batch last month) and contains no nasty chemicals. Won't go back to commercially produced deodorant.
Got the recipe online somewhere - can't find the original site but herearesomeothers with similar recipes.
Melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a dish, mix in 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder, 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda and a few drops of tea tree oil. Pour into a jar. Done.
There are a few minor downsides:
Do give it some time to start working - the site I got my recipe from warned of an acclimatisation period of up to two weeks.
It can sting a bit if applied right after shaving.
Scooping it out of the jar with a finger and applying it by hand takes some getting used to.
In warmer weather it reverts back to its melted form - batch #2 went into an old deo stick container and spent the summer in the fridge.
Traditionally, the first post of the year sets out my resolutions and plans for the next twelve months.
Well, as proved by last year's spectacular failure (0/3 achieved) I wonder whether there's much point in making any resolutions.
My plans for the year so far:
Redo the meadow. Using 2011's seeds was a spectacular failure so I'm going to try the Olympic park seed mix this time.
Do something with the front garden. Still have no idea of what to do with it though.
Get some new glasses. The day before yesterday I walked into the living room door and my already-on-their-last-legs frames got bent (I'd had rather a large gin). Can't quite see properly and it's really annoying.
I've been looking for new frames for YEARS without success and now I NEED new ones I had, until yesterday, been highly sceptical I'd be able to find anything I truly liked. However, after a search of all the (open on NYE) opticians in Boblogville I stumbled upon a (hideously expensive) pair I love. So, an eye test (also hideously expensive) and some online specs shopping is on the cards.
Will probably end up blogging less. Am losing the will to blog, but will try for monthly updates at least.