Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Like a Porch….

I want to lay up like that, to float unstructured, without ambition or anxiety.  I want to inhabit my life like a porch.   - Rebecca Wells, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

A photographic journey

We’ve been busy little bees, or hummingbirds, here at Hummingbird Farms the last few weeks.  First off – after 7 years, we decided it was time to update photography for our alleged new website.  I say “alleged” because for one full year we have been talking about overhauling our website, but as I type we are still “talking” about it…  Hopefully, our new photography from our fabulous new photography friend will kick us into new website gear. 

I couldn’t help but think about our photo shoot from 2007 while Anne of Anne Lorys Photography was out here doing our new photo shoot a couple of weeks ago.  Thank goodness for the world wide web thing and blogging, as I was able to really reflect back on that day with a blog I posted regarding the photo shoot from seven long years ago.  You can read it here.  

In the meantime, it just so happens that our new fancy shmancy photographer friend also blogs under the name Fiona and Twig.  I really hope you take a look at her blog– it is precious and really portrays her photography personality.  Did I mention that Anne is a published, noted photographer with work seen in magazines such as Romantic Home and Cottages & Bungalows?  I just think she is so talented, fun, and creative.  Please click here to read about her day spent with us. 

I hope you enjoyed a trip down memory lane with us back in 2007, as well as gaining insight as to what we have planned for our future.  Back in 2007 we were very much focused on being a lavender farm, but today find ourselves very much committed to being a bath & body company – all inspired by those lovely little purple flowers that bloomed so beautifully in 2007.  You just never know where life will take you…. 

We hope you continue to follow us on our journey. 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

What I have learned from old dogs and old ladies

I saw a posting on Facebook today from a friend who mentioned a shelter that was full of old dogs that had been “turned over” by their owners.  I'm not sure of all the various reasons why these old dogs are turned over, but I have a feeling that the common denominator was most likely due to the hassle factor that can come with managing an older dog. 

We have a 10-year-old Great Pyrenees mix (one of our five dogs) that we rescued last year from a family that didn’t want her anymore.  All I can say is that she has been nothing but joy and we are more than happy to have her living out her twilight years here at Hummingbird Farms. 

Although she can sometimes be a bit cranky, it is almost always associated with any type of a change in her daily routine.  But often times, on her terms and while in her daily routine, she will become somewhat puppy-like where she wants to play with the other dogs.  Just yesterday I watched as she pranced and lunged on her front legs in front of our other dog doing her best to engage him in some sort of puppy-dog game. 

As I watched her it made me think of some cultures that celebrate old age and revere their oldest members.  There is a Japanese culture that celebrates eight special birthdays between the ages of 60 and 100 as a return to the beginning of the cycle, and then at the 100th year, a celebration every year. 

I find it interesting that these celebrations are for a “return of the beginning.” It is this return to the beginning that I see in our elderly dog when she periodically becomes puppy-like, just as I saw in my own grandmother when she would sometimes “return” as childlike.   

Just as I have learned from our aging dog that thrives in her regimented life, I saw the same with my grandmother.  It was only in her regular routine that she would have bouts of jovial fun and laughter, but taken out of her routine she became obstinate and stubborn.  In hindsight I wish that we had just let her be.  She liked her routine in her small house with her little dog.  But with each holiday or family event we would upset her routine by filling up her day with things outside of her routine and telling her things like, “it will be good for you to go, you need to get out of the house.”  The truth was, it wasn’t good for her.  She didn’t want to leave her routine, and when she did the price to pay was really on us.  She was miserable, which we couldn't understand, and in turn we found ourselves irritable.   
Our old dog Duchess in her happy spot, just being.  
Conversely, with our old dog we just let her be.  Because we don’t know what all had occurred in her nine years of life before coming to be with us, we are much more patient with her.  What we do know is that she has a terrible fear of hairbrushes, baths, and collars around her neck.  And with that, we just deal with other ways to keep her groomed or – as truth be known, we just deal with her not being perfectly groomed and her nails needing to be clipped and her teeth needing to be cleaned.  It doesn’t bother her, so it doesn’t bother us.  It is not worth the disruption in her now very regimented life. 

How I wish that with my grandmother we had focused more on inserting ourselves into her routine versus disrupting her life by insisting that she insert her life into our routine.  She just wanted to be….  And when we would go visit her, thus inserting ourselves into her life and routine, she laughed and told stories and would  “return” to the fun-loving grandmother I had always known. 

So with that, I have learned that the wisdom of old age is far beyond my assumption of what is best for them.  

What I do know is that patience and kindness is good for the soul.  

All souls. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Another chick who no longer has chicken skin

(The image in this photograph appears exactly as it is pictured.  This is not a model.  This is not a paid actor.  This is not photoshopped.  This is not a stock image, but a real photo sent in by a really happy Hummingbird Farms Bath&Body customer.) 

This very happy customer sent us her before and after picture of her “chicken skin” on the back of her arm after ONE WEEK of using Hummingbird Farms No. 6 Body Oil once a day.  What an improvement!

This is what our very happy customer had to say: 

"Do any of my FB friends have "chicken skin" on their arms? I know I have had it practically my whole life. I have tried numerous products to get rid of it with no luck. I was always self conscious about it while wearing sleeveless tops. However, I have found the miracle product! The picture below is a before & after of using Hummingbird Farms Lavender BodyOil on my arms daily for 1 week. After I get out of the shower, I put 2-4 sprays in my hands, rub them together, and slather it on my arms. A little goes a long way! It's gotten rid of my bumps and the redness in my arms. I would recommend this product to everyone!! I love it!"

A lot of chicks buy our bath & body products.  That would be chicks of the human persuasion.  But just because you are a chick, you should not have to suffer with chicken skin.  Many humans are afflicted by chicken skin, which is that red, irritating, dry, itchy, bumpy skin on the back of your arms. 

When we set out to develop our No. 6 Body Oil, I had no idea that my own chicken skin was actually common and even had a real medical name known as Keratosis Pilaris.  Who knew? Come to find out, 50% of the entire world’s population has chicken skin on the back of their arms. 

Now I can’t make any medical claims because, well – Hummingbird Farms is not a medical company and I am just a chick, not a doctor, but for what it’s worth, No. 6 Body Oil has certainly helped my chicken skin as well as many of our now non-chicken skin customers.  

You can read more about our No. 6 Body Oil here, but just in case you want to know what it is made of, it is very simple.  It is 6 fabulous oils loaded with anti-oxidants:  Sunflower Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Essential Oil of Lavender, Grape Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, and Jojoba Seed Oil. 

At Hummingbird Farms we aim to please the natural way! As we always say, what we put ON our bodies is equally as important as what we put IN our bodies.