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The Victorian Garden is a creative idea worth sharing. Lindsay Salthouse started the company, using recipes for skin care products found in a collection of diaries written by her great-grandmother. She started out small, and has since gone from strength to strength. The Victorian products were soon joined by the African Indigenous collection,  the Tudor collection, health products, and ranges for men, children and babies.

One of my favorites is the mango and vanilla salt scrub and body butter from the African Indigenous range. Just opening the container and taking a sniff makes me wonder if it’s edible, it smells so yummy! I highly recommend the Basil and Lemongrass Mosquito Repellent Lotion. It works and it’s non toxic – something I worry about with all the mass-market sprays – and you smell nicer! The Queen Anne’s Honeysuckle and Sweet Cicely Revitalising Hand Cream is also fantastic…. Actually I could go on and on, I have not yet tried a product from this company that I have not liked and they are very reasonably priced.

Lindsay then put me on to a new company in Cape Town (why does Cape Town have all cool food people?)

vp truffles

VP Truffles, is a small artisan truffle company, with truffles being hand made by owner and founder Virginia (Ginny) Patterson. Sadly – I was too late to introduce you to this company before they closed orders for Christmas. However Ginny has assured me that Champagne truffles will be available for Valentine’s day, so make sure you contact her at least a month before to get your order in! Cape Town area only because truffles like pints of ice-cream don’t travel well.  At present, they have no website, and minimum orders of 20 truffles apply. If you are into hand-made pieces of chocolate and cream heaven, infused with fresh flavours, then look no further. They have only been going for a couple of months and already they are inundated with orders!

maples syrup

Away from South Africa and off to America we go – specifically Pennsylvania.  Spring Hills Farm is a place dear to the hearts of my family as it is there that we went as guests of the Hull family for Thanksgiving and for Maple syrup harvest time. These were the busiest times of the year, with Christmas tree and Maple syrup sales in November/December and maple sap harvesting in February/March. If you are looking for the yummiest maple syrup outside of Canada, look no further. The family has recently re-introduced sheep to their farm and sell home grown undyed Jacobs Sheep wool.

Christmas:
Victorian Garden product are available directly from their website and can be shipped world wide. They have local agents in Hong Kong,  Singapore, China and Taiwan. Contact Victoria Garden directly to get this information.
Get a bit of organic maple syrup heaven, your Christmas tree or some wool for the knitter in your family  from Spring Hills Farm

Next Year:
VP truffles are so new they do not have a website, however, you can contact Ginny direct by emailing her.

Advent Challenge 21 – in good taste
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