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Friday, 16 June 2017
Tastes of Summer
Thank you for all your comments regarding the Pension Post and doing Frugal things.
Well the frugality continues. Hubby had to work yesterday which is unusual so I went on the hunt early morning for the creamy white elderflower heads to make elderflower cordial and champagne. While I was busy collecting them down a country lane away from traffic I heard a voice say 'What's she doing?' quickly followed by a couple of cold noses on my shins, I looked down to see two lovely bundles of fluff which were apparently shih-zue, yorkie cross dogs. A young man and his girlfriend were walking their dogs along the path, I turned just as the young lady said ' I think she is collecting elderflowers'. All I can say is never judge a book by its cover, the male who was a heavily tattooed, baseball capped loud young man was very intrigued. He was asking me lots of questions about how I would make it. How is it drunk? Was it alcoholic? He proved to be a great help reaching the elderflowers high up in the trees even risking being stung by stinging nettles. We parted company after getting a carrier bag full of flower heads.
Once I got home I cracked on with making the cordial, but I didn't have enough heads to make champagne. Hubby loves getting involved in making things and was a little miffed that I made a batch without him. He did spend the evening making two small pots of jam ! (gooseberry & cherry) He got up very early this morning to collect elderflowers for champagne and more cordial. The first batch of elderflower cordial has been bottled while the second lot is still soaking. The champagne is in a large bucket covered with muslin, it will be checked regularly over the next two days to see if it starts to ferment naturally, if it doesn't start to bubble a small pinch of yeast will be added to trigger the process. I'll update you on that.
The weather has been super warm and the evenings are spent watering, feeding and trimming various plants around the garden. The strawberries are coming thick and fast now, we are enjoying them with yoghurt and cream. The raspberries are fewer but just as delicious. The pea pods are starting to form on the plants and we should have more dwarf beans ready by the weekend and we continue to have lettuce with everything!
Got to dash, off to watch two of the grandchildren take part in the sports day. Back soon. Tx