Winter is here
I had the best intentions of writing my next blog post with the title “Winter is coming” to paraphrase my current TV indulgence, Game of Thrones. But then all of a sudden, winter was upon us. I even put together an Autumn display in my studio window yesterday, posted it on Instagram, and realised, “Hang on...it’s winter, isn’t it?”. And how. It has been raining on and off for a few days now, the tanks are full, the creeks are beginning to run and everything is a sodden, muddy mess. I run the risk of getting bogged in our own driveway. So as I plough through our woodheap keeping the fire raging, and my husband gently saying “perhaps we should ease up on the wood”, I accept that winter is here.
Candle making in the cold isn’t the most enjoyable of tasks. My studio is an unheated and draughty old cafe in the main street of our little town of Quandialla. I began renting it last year when I realised the walk in pantry at home wasn’t going to cut it anymore. Its very beautiful, has loads of character, and even more leaks. Each day, I empty large buckets and tubs that catch all the drips (well some of them) and get to work. In the cold weather, candles can crack and shrink as they are setting too quickly. One way to combat this is to warm the vessels before pouring but I think its just extra work, so if they do crack, I top them up with a little extra wax after they have set.
Making candles on a drizzly day can be strangely comforting, especially when I light a sample candle or two I am currently testing as a possible fragrance for the future. The little flickering flame, the new fragrance, and the sounds of my Tivoli radio playing some Gordi or Paul Kelly, leads me to grab a coffee from the store next door and I sit down to think about the jobs for the week ahead. Its certainly not very glamourous to be a candle maker in a tiny NSW village while juggling 3 kids and helping my husband run a sheep stud on our currently underwater farm. But I do love what I do and am eternally grateful that I get to live where I do. Even in the winter.