I have used this white rocky substance recently in the making of two things; home made base cream and silver jewellery. Here it is on display in the Natural History Museum. For the cosmetic, a teaspoon of powdered borax, dissolved in water, turns a melted mixture of cocoa butter, bees wax, almond oil and wheatContinue reading “Borax”

Peak District quarry

The bed rock of the Peak District was formed 300 million years ago, close to the equator where the Carribbean is now. Imagine the clear water of a shallow warm sea, teeming with starfish and shellfish like creatures. In vast numbers and over 20 millions years, the remains of these creatures and microorganisms settled onContinue reading “Peak District quarry”