Saturday, 9 June 2012

First rose of summer

Well, the first one I have cut for the house :) Simply beautiful, wonderful scent..........

Thursday, 7 June 2012

The Corncrake and the Croft

A lovely way to spend a good half hour with knitting and a cup of tea :)

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Very welcome visitors

Just been watching an adult male greater spotted woodpecker and one of his offspring feeding on the nuts outside the kitchen :)

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Flaming June................

................. closest I've got so far is to crank up the Rayburn to take the chill off; and it's raining again! lol Oh well, got to love the summer :)

Monday, 4 June 2012

How to make elderflower champagne

That time of year again :)

1 gallon hot water
1 1/2lbs white sugar
7 heads of elderflowers
2 lemons, sliced thinly
2 tbsp white wine vinegar

Dissolve sugar in water, and leave to get cold; add lemons, flowers and vinegar. Cover loosely with a tea towel and leave for 24 hours. Strain and bottle, try after a fortnight.

I've made this every year for over 20 years, not a grain of brewer's or baker's yeast in sight. This gives a lovley fizzy drink about the same alcoholic strength as ginger beer apparently. Good as a mixer too