Feral Cat Task Force update one year on

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The Really Wild Sisters, Smoke and Flame are really quite tame now and have been joined by a black and white boy called Jack. He found us and although I tried to re-home him, he came back, so now he’s here to stay.
Of the 3 Amigos who came as adult ferals from the Cat’s Protection League – Uno is a bit scared of Jack and has chosen to live in the fields, dine on rabbit and sunbathe on my neighbours patio.
Dos disappeared as soon as he was let out one year ago, but has been spotted coming in for food lately!
Tres, initially scared off by Jack is getting braver and will come and find me when he is hungry, most days.
Not a sniff of any mice in the stables, these cats are worth it , and are always entertaining!

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Dorset Etsy Fair Wimborne

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We had a successful day at the Dorset Etsy Fair in Wimborne’s Allendale Centre. It was lovely to have new customers buying soaps, not just for Christmas presents but as a treat for themselves, and I had a lot of comments on how prettily the soaps were packaged.

My new “blackboard” signs worked well- it makes buying much easier when everything is clearly labelled, and lots of people helped themselves to the newly printed Maycottage leaflets. I treated myself to an embroidered beret from Beau Xoxo, so all in all it was a really great day!

“Heidi Project” school morning

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Back in July, Ailsa and I took Lupin and Pascha to Hillbourne school in Poole to support the “Heidi ” project that the children were working on. I don’t think any of them had met a goat before, they asked a lot of questions. The children and teachers were dressed as Heidi or Peter as you can see. It was a hugely successful visit, the goats were petted by 120 little hands! We have been invited to go back next year, maybe there’s another career for the goats here!

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No Smoke without Fire!

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the debate on Palm Oil

untitled (4)I use palm oil in my soap because it makes a better soap. It gives hardness and retains scent well.

The palm oil I use comes from a company called Cargill which owns plantations in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea and they carry the Green Palm certificate. They were one of the earliest members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and they work with the World Wildlife Fund to protect wildlife.

Approximately half of packaged products in the supermarket will contain palm oil. Did you know that the following products contain palm oil?

PACKAGED BREAD, BISCUITS, ICE CREAM, LIPSTICK, PIZZA DOUGH, CHOCOLATE, DETERGENTS, SHAMPOO, INSTANT NOODLES, just to name a few.

It can be listed in many different ways, for example;

Vegetable oil/fat, stearate, stearic acid, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, glycerol, amongst others.

As consumers, it is very difficult to avoid palm oil altogether.

Palm oil provides approximately four times as much oil as other plants. If we stopped using palm oil and chose another, much more rain forest would have to be destroyed to accommodate a crop which would need four times the space to supply the equivalent amount of oil. Palm oil isn’t really the problem, it is us, the consumer. We can help change things by supporting companies who source their oil responsibly. You can find out who does or doesn’t easily, Google it!

To me, boycotting palm oil solves nothing.

It is more effective to support the producing companies who are actively making changes in supporting sustainability. These companies will be part of the “Green Palm “ scheme and members of  RSPO. They have a voice, and can bring about change  more effectively .

I am pleased to say that Cadbury use Green Palm certificated oil in their products and so to support them I will eat much more chocolate!

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Maycottage Miracle

Maycottage Miracle is the newest member of the herd. Born at the end of June she had a tough start as her mother’s colostrum was not good enough quality to support her immune system.

After some serious illness Miri has pulled through and is now doing really well. She has a lovely character and has quite a fan club!