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Seedy Sunday 2017

Put the 5th February into your diaries if you have an allotment or garden and live near Cambridge.

This is a chance to swap saved seeds or if you don’t have any to swap, just leave a small donation. There will be seeds from the Heritage Seed Library, Waterland Organics and of course from others attending the event.

Trumpington Seedy Sunday is an important event because it aims to reduce our reliance on F1 hybrid seeds and the seed companies’ stranglehold on what we grow.


Close up of comb in the observation hive on Trumpington Community Orchard.

I will be selling my skin Balm made from wax produced by my bees on Trumpington Allotments a few hundred yards from Trumpington Village Hall where the seed swap takes place.  Other ingredients are organic olive oil and organic essential oils. I may also be offering short head and shoulder massages for those who need a break from walking around the tables. Book a one hour or ninety minute massage for later while at the event and get a £5 discount.


Skin balm is £7 for a 60ml pot. This is around half the price of a well known product sold at Waitrose among other places!

Essential oils used are Geranium and Frankincense but others can be made to order with oils of your choice or for an additional £15 consultation fee made up especially for your needs.


Honey Harvest

Two days ago, I took what is probably the last honey from my bees this year. (There are two top bar hives that may produce a little more.) In the video honey after a course filter to get rid of larger particles of wax etc is filling a jar a lot more quickly than happens in reality!

Of course this also provides the wax to make hand cream. Beeswax as well as its other healing properties for the skin, is also a very good anti-fungal agent. As I have been thinking about starting some mushroom production drilling holes into logs and inoculating them with mushroom spawn I had thought I would be able to use beeswax but it is strongly enough anti-fungal to stop this working so I will have to use candle wax instead!

Along with the wax, there will also be small amounts of honey and propolis which also have their own healing properties to add to those of the wax and essential oils in the skin balm I make. All the bee products come from my own hives in Trumpington, Cambridge. Sadly the same can not be said of the essential oils and carrier oils I use in my massage and aromatherapy practice.