Night of Stars

Only four months ago we tried our fist experiments in catching the night stars and photographing the milky way, but at the end of February the core of the milky way will be visible again and I hope we will got the chance to escape the light pollution, get clear weather and some time for our beginners experiments.

I can’t wait to be again on Crete for a few days, enjoy the milder weather and the bright stars again!

 

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Winter Grey

 

This is one of my favorites place in the forest. The trees are simply amazing and this by all kind of weather. I love colors and I love the sun, but I also like mystic look where colors seems to be erased and the world only in black and white.

Note: photos without adjustments.

 

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Bee and Basil Flowers

Days are much shorter now, but we are still enjoying mild autumn temperature.

My African basil has plenty of flowers and the bees are avid guest!

Fly dear bee to the flowers enjoy the warm rays before the winter comes!

Beauty Products

It’s very use to produce some homemade cosmetics and it’s a lot of fun.

Make your cosmetic products simply with the culinary ingredients and bee products as well as herbs from the garden.

Last week I prepared a great set as gift for birthday and it was funny way for myself to discover some new interesting ingredients.

As all skin products, some people may be allergic to this or to that, you have to adjust the recapture to your needs!

Tip: combine beeswax and oil by melting them in a small pot to about 80°C or better in a small bowl over a pot of boiling water.

Note: the Beeswax Skin Balsam is not in the photo.

Beeswax Skin Balm

  • Ingredients: Beeswax (20%), Baby oil (80%)
  • Properties: Protecting and nourishing

The all-purpose balm described below, is the balm I use for my skin since ages and I’m very happy with this. Perfect to protect you skin against the cold weather and to take care of your hands before and after gardening! If you need a sun protection I use a sun protection cream before and then our beeswax cream.

Tiger Balm Lip Balm

  • Ingredients: Beeswax (20%), Baby oil 79%) and Tiger Balm (1%)
  • Properties: protecting and anti-inflammatory

The second version is very similar, the only difference is the addition of Tiger Balm. Tiger balm isn’t designed for use on lips, but I discovered that in small amounts it works well against irritated lips or nose; but be careful, maximum 1% Tiger balm content in you mix and only for one or two days! If it is too much this will either irritate you skin!

Rosemary and Lemon Scented Salt Bath

  • Ingredients: Sea salt, dried rosemary powder and grated lemon zest (Quantities to taste, no rules)
  • Properties: relieves fatigue and tonic for the skin

Salt Bath make you feel the water smooth and sea salt is a natural ally to balance, protect, and restore the body and skin. This also can help balance and improve hydration, strengthen the protective barrier of our skin.

Rosemary and lemon scent together give us a lot energy and they work as mood enhancer.

Turmeric Mask for the Face

  • Ingredients: Turmeric powder and flour (flour is only a carrier and it is optional)
  • Properties: anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidants, smoothing, tonic, and anti-bacterial
  • Use: Combine 1 teaspoons powder with 1 teaspoons plain Greek yogurt. Apply for 10-15 min and then wash nicely

This is an old very powerful method to improve the texture of your skin. It can also help to fight acne!

Lavender Scrub for Hands

  • Ingredients: brown sugar (80%), olive oil (18%), beeswax (2%), and dried lavender powder (ta taste)
  • Properties: smoothing and nourishing
  • Use: Rub well 1 teaspoon scrub on wet hands, rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry

Crystals of sugar work a natural scrub, the oil and beeswax are a great carrier and help you skin to smooth the skin while you are scrubbing with the crystal. Lavender texture works as scrub but also gives to the mixture a great scent!

Foot Bath with Mint

  • Ingredients: Salt 80 %, baking soda (“0%), fresh mint leaves (mint processed with salt in the food processor, quantity to taste)
  • Properties: refreshing and smoothing

Foot soaks are very effective against tiresome of feet, dry and damaged skin of feet, cracked heels, stinky feet and many others. Take a foot basin large enough to hold both of your feet in it, add 2 tablespoons of the mixture. Then soak your feet for about 30 minutes and keep rubbing your feet gently using your fingertips or a sponge. In this way you will remove a lot dead cells and exfoliate the skin. Rinse well with water and apply any of good hand and body lotion to keep your feet moisturized.  Best if you use the Beeswax balm I’ve suggested

Avocado Pit and Honey Facial Scrub

  • Ingredients: avocado pit powder, honey, olive oil, lemon juice and cornstarch
  • Properties: scrub, cleansing, nourishing and anti-oxidants

The use of the avocado pit was the most surprising discovery of this beauty set! I would have never thought that this could be used and in the internet I saw that this can be used as additive to food!

The procedure of preparing the pit was easy: wash, remove the dark skin, grate and let it dry overnight or more if necessary. Then process it to get the powder! The colors changes form light to dark orange in only a few minutes, that’s OK, no worry! Here a few more suggestion how to use this seed: https://toughnickel.com/frugal-living/avocado-seed

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4 Weeks Australia in Pictures: Adeleide (the Market)

We left the Semaphore area and went to the city again. This time we decided to visit the marked and to enjoy some food.

We liked the market and we enjoyed our lunch with Asian specialties from the food stalls there, that was a great opportunity for some take away food for the next travelling day.

 

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4 Weeks Australia in Pictures: Adelaide (Semaphore)

Adelaide is really a big town, but the traffic is so well organized that we had the impression there is a lot of space in this town.

That morning we decided to visit the area of the caravan park near the sea and we went to Semaphore area.

The wind that surprised us during the night was still there, so no bathing day again!

 

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4 Weeks Australia in Pictures: Adeleide (the City)

We arrived in the afternoon in Adelaide, found our place in the caravan park and went to the city. This was the really first hot day we had in Australia, and we enjoyed the heat. By public transport we arrived into the center and we enjoyed walking around and taking pictures. We crossed many road full of bicycles until we found out that a special event had just found.

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