Well, this is ridiculous. Updates on Facebook - check. A new blog for the Patch websites - check twice (one each in Granby and Simsbury). Another at Blogspot. And now this. This is the beauty of cut-and-paste and the new search engine algorithm - the more blogs the better. Now I just need to remember to include this one!
And what's new? Two new therapy suites, a third room chock full of goodies, plans to expand (probably next year) and the garden is truculently coming into a more civilized form. A new central air and heat system is incredibly efficient and makes everyone comfortable. The parking lot is scheduled to be paved starting Monday, July 22, and I'm beginning to get the 2013 Holiday Bazaar organized. I think that's enough to have kept me flying about frantically!
Too too much time between posts- gotta cram more stuff in the day! That said, the gardens - all of them - are coming along beautifully. The pond finally had a good clean-out, the frogs are back, and the Physick garden is settling in. In the woodland garden, everything is smoothing out, and I can focus time and energy on things further back. A neglected patch of outgrown shrubs. The debris back by the neighbors. The invading pachysandra. But the inside is just as important, too. And inside Ravenswood, we have grown steadily, sustainably, in the past two years. As we begin our third year, the shop continues to unfold, new things find their Place, or new Places are made. What would you like to see? What is the shop missing? Drop in and chat - let me know what
Outside & in, Ravenswood continues to sprout, expand, set down roots, unfold something new. Hyacinth and standard daffodils blaze out a distraction to the limp frost-bitten early blooms. Both bleeding hearts- regular & fern-leaved - are up and budding out. The weeping cherry wears a diaphanous veil of pink, while the rose arbor is using this time-out in the arbor repairs to plot world domination. Inside, raspberry ketones, african mango, aromatherapy candles, new vitamins and more. We are on the hunt for a new fixture or two, and are scheming on the new layout. Oh, and for all you history buffs: The rose arbor's twin thorny menaces are now named Hengist & Horsa.
The raspberry ketones are in- finally. Most manufacturers have had problems from Chinese-sourced raw materials to overwhelming demand. Mine are American-sourced - AND ON SALE! Also, Terra Essential Scents is a pure soy candle company in Pennsylvania- soy wax, essential oils, cotton wicks, in glass jars with beechwood lids. Absolutely lovely scents, and the sizes are amazing. The garden is coming along nicely, only 3 months to The English Lady Gardener! Pictures will be posted of the gardens' restoration progress as we go along. Drop by to see for yourself what we're up to
How's THAT for a catchy headline? On FaceBook now, soon to post here- rainbow ornaments from Maine Lights Collection. Sniffle - sneeze - way too early? We are well-stocked on all your allergy needs (except the Kleenex!) And meantime, Elizabeth will be bravely holding down the Simsbury fort while I venture into the wilds of Shelton to the Spring Winds Psychic Fair. My friend Margaret will be (wo)manning the goodies for sale table, while I try out my ancestral card reading from England. New adventures
_Do you have a sweet baboo, a snoogie-uggums, a love of your life? Show your love! February 14 is a good day to do so- but you can show your love early or late - or even on time! - with a basket of goodies from the shop. How about Aura Cacia oatmeal soothing bath packs, or Himalayan salt (Queen of Sheba is exotic and spicy, not overpowering) for the winter skin blahs? A palm or soy wax candle with pure essential oils, no artificial fragrances or colors. Chocolate love tonic, Aphrodesia's Elixir, regular decadent Maine chocolate... what can you find to fill a basket or gift bag? Drop in and we can help!
Hello, everyone! Check out the new photo on our homepage and above. Miss Ursula Ravenswood is the newest shop mascot and soon to be part of some cool sales.... Here's a hint: Find the mascot, check out her purse, and you get the sale listed! I'll post now and again, you come on by and start to hunt!
Besides that, we have some wonderful health-boosters and immune helps. If it's a little late for those goodies, we also have fantastic drug-free cough syrup (seriously works well!), sugar-free cough drops, soothing teas, local honey, and everything to make you feel a tad better.
In spite of the snow, the shop is open- & I will also be at the lost Acres Sip n Spa event this afternoon, too! Elizabeth will be at the shop, so come on in and say hi to her.
Some folks have asked if I keep the fixtures on casters, wheels, or rollers, as I keep shifting it around. Nope, it's just me, some furniture glides, and leverage. How else to tuck just a little more into the shop? This time, I haven't moved the furniture, just the stuff on it. The tea is in the blue room now, with space for Bubble & Bee's awesome chemical-free deodorant, Jade & Pearl, and more good personal care for male, female, and kids to follow.
Outside, I'm waiting for the storm-damaged trees to be tidied up.... So I can use the limbs and trunks for the raised beds in the Physick Garden, and the wood chips in all of the beds. One small tractor, tow chain, and determination will move the biggest pieces. And leverage. What I would give for a well-trained team of light drafter right now. Sign. Just a nice, tidy pair of Cleveland Bay, or maybe Haflinger, well trained and under harness. Faster and less messy than the tractor. Fertilizer, lawn aerator, mover... all sorts of good things. Ah, well. Drop on by to check out the newest goodies and see the progress- see
The problem with most New Year's resolutions is that they are grand "big picture" goals: lose all that weight, become a strict (name your diet type), or become instantly organized, efficient, and on time every day even though you've never done any of that before. There's nothing wrong with having those goals, but remember that you can't hike the Appalachian Train in one day. That said, start out small - maybe add a good multi to you morning routine, or substitute a protein shake for that mid-morning sugar bun. Switch to an all natural shampoo or deodorant to lower your chemical exposure. Try an all-natural approach to reduce or quit smoking. Drop in to chat; perhaps I can help you take
Yep, the Ops Manager & her blog. What new things have I discovered? What just dragged me out of bed at 2:00am? What garden is being civilized this time? Read on, MacDuff, the Adventures of Ravenswood continues!