SOAP MAKING AT THE SCHOOL
Raised on stories such as Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables, I have often romanticised the olden days. Though my mom often laughed and said I would not have survived; having to chip ice off the water pump before pumping water each winter morning, which was one of her chores as a child! I do not think I would have enjoyed milking cows, or catching a chicken for dinner either.
I explain this as a bit of background as to why I was excited to see on Instagram that Church Farm General Store was bringing their soap making classes to The School. I had discovered Church Farm General Store through a photographer on Instagram, and was immediately taken with their converted church home and farm in northern NSW. (You must click on the link below to discover this magical property yourself!) I also love The School, located in Rosebery, in Sydney's south. Created by Sydney stylist, Megan Morton, and located within a design precinct, it is a wonderful place to learn from other creatives sharing their craft.
Last Saturday, we enjoyed morning tea (just look at those goodies!) and learned the history and science of making soap. Much like baking, you have to measure out exact ingredients, watch temperatures and exercise patience. We made blocks of lavender, rose geranium, and peppermint soap, measured out into recycled Bonsoy containers. The warm blocks were then carted home to rest for 48 hours, before cutting into bars to cure for a further 4-6 weeks. Friends and family beware, you may be gifted with soap for the foreseeable future!
For more information on Church Farm General Store, go to: www.churchfarmgeneralstore.com
For more information on The School, go to: www.theschool.com.au
All images © Donna Vercoe