Changes at IFER
Our intention in 2013 is to sell Achamore House, and build new environmentally-friendly premises at the north end of Gigha, near my wife's dairy farm, on a plot that looks out to the sea and sunsets over Islay and Jura. At present we are looking to have the hot water and the entire premises heated with just solar thermal energy. This includes the new, slightly larger greenhouse, which will have a roof and one wall of multiple layers of high-quality polycarbonate, which will have a very good (low) U value. The plans are at an advanced stage, almost ready to send to the Planning Office. I'm excited about the project, though it all does depend on selling Achamore House before anything is able to begin.
But one thing is clear, and that is that the new business premises will be smaller than I had initially envisioned, and as a consequence I have had to focus on our priorities here at IFER. For 16 years we have carried about 12 to 15 ranges of the best flower essence lines we have been able to find around the world. And it has been an honour and an education to carry them over these years. But in the past 5 or 6 years the LTOE have taken on a greater and greater role, and we are now going to stop carrying most of the other ranges we have carried.
We will still carry the Petite Fleur Essences made by Dr. Judy Griffin in Texas, and we will continue to carry the Platbos Forest Essences from South Africa; and also we will continue to carry at least Terra Extra from the Bloesem Remedies in Holland. But most of the rest will have to go, as we simply will not have the space to accommodate them. These days there are of course a number of other companies in the UK offering most of the rest of these ranges, and I know they will be in good hands.
So in the months ahead, you will find that we will have dwindling stocks of FES, Bush, Wild Earth Animal Essences, Indigo, Bailey, Findhorn, Living Essences of Australia, and Star Essences. We absolutely wish these wonderful essences and their makers well in the years ahead, and I thank them for the education they have provided me over the years regarding all things to do with essences and essence-making. A number of the essence makers are dear and good friends, and we will be of course staying in touch. But I need to ensure that I turn my full focus on the Living Tree Orchid Essences and their needs.