This post may contain affiliate links. Thank you for your continued support of this site! For an island of only 85K residents we certainly have a burgeoning food industry. Our fields and seas produce some of the finest raw ingredients on offer and they in turn are transformed into delectable fare by our local restaurants, microbreweries, bakeries, and pubs. It’s something to be proud of and is showcased in no better way than in the relatively new cookbook the Island Kitchen, printed by Lily Publications. To celebrate local Manx produce,

This post may contain affiliate links. Thank you for your continued support of this site! Imagine a relaxing massage with fragrant and warm oils poured directly onto your skin. The temperature is perfect and the feeling of the moisturising oils is pure bliss! This is the experience you’ll have with a handmade massage oil candle and if you’ve not come across them before you’re in for a treat. They’re romantic, all-natural, and easy to make yourself. The tutorial below will take you through how to make them and the links

This post may contain affiliate links. Thank you for your continued support of this site!   I’ve never shared one of my Lovely Greens product recipes before but now a handful of people know how to make Natural Lavender Body Balm. The reason and audience seemed fitting for the share though – it was to remember my friend Leo Phillips by showing her friends and family how to make her favourite Lovely Greens product. Leo passed away last year after her second battle with Cancer and I think she’d have

Getting a head start on this year’s gardening projects has been difficult this month. While occasional breaks in the wind and rain have given windows of opportunity, most of the time it’s been far too miserable to want to do anything outdoors. That’s alright though. It’s just January and there’s plenty of time to get prepared for the growing season. The one gardening fix that I always get this time of the year is through early flowering bulbs. You create the containers in autumn and then wait until you start

Just 54 days until spring? While most gardeners are still poring over their seed catalogues there are always the impatient ones (like me!) who want to get growing. Fortunately there are seeds that can be sown this time of year if it’s done under cover. But take heed, only sow the ones that benefit from being started early or you risk losing your plants and money. Online, and mainly in Facebook gardening groups, I’ve seen quite a few growers posting photos of seedlings they’ve started early. It’s such an optimistic

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