With Hubby away for a few days this week I decided it was a good time to dig out the crochet blocks that have been sitting unfinished for over a year and get on with turning them into a blanket at last. I've looked at them so many times, but couldn't face doing all that cream and kept putting it off. Deciding to use lots of colours instead suddenly made it more "me" and I love how they're turning out. 72 done, 72 to go!
Lottie's not very impressed, but perked up at the mention of walkies.
It seems to be a good year for elderflowers, the garden full of their musky scent. My daughter made some wine with them a few years ago and it was delicious. I thought about having a go, but decided to try some elderflower gin. The stems are toxic apparently so I pulled off the flowers from a bowlful of heads and just added them to a couple of clean jars and topped up with gin and a bit of sugar. (4 tbsp for each 70ml jar)
The flowers near the top did turn brown, but I don't think it mattered. After leaving for about a week I strained it through some muslin and returned it to the same bottles. I tried it with lots of ice in some sparkling lemon flavoured water rather than tonic and it was lovely and refreshing and delicately scented. Just the thing for the hot weather.