Saturday, July 6

...following Vivienne Maier...

 I watched the BBC art programme on the photographer Vivian Maier...well I watched it twice as it really caught my interest...you must see it for yourself if you are so inclined...
...anyway the thing that has stuck with me is how she put herself into the frame by getting her shadow there on the ground around whatever interested her....now that is poetry for me!

So off I went this morning and took a few garden pics...
...anyway the garden has done itself proud this week what with the arrival...albeit rather late in the day...of the sun!
Hooray!

I'm going to work on this idea.......
....I often say to the potter...
..."would you mind taking a pic of me?!"...well when you hold the camera...you are never in the shot!!

So here are a few from the morning cull...


...pot of perennial geraniums in the herb garden...




...I love how I caught the little forgetmenot as my eye...serendipity you must know!...


...field poppies are starting to pop....

Thursday, July 4

Ceramic Workshop ...

Today was the first of the summer workshop's...and the sun shone...hooray!

We were able to eat lunch in the garden which is always a treat...



...and the finished work was great. The potter had a few ideas ready for those who were first timers.
But the others came through with lots of creative thoughts...that's what makes the group more and more exciting to work with.


...Anne...


...Bibu...


...Denise...


...Gill...


...Gwen...


...Jim...


...John...


...Barbara...


...Margaret...


...with a little bit of input and advice from the potter!!


...hmm?...blankets?
well it is the north of England..
we are just thankful for the rain to stop and the sun to shine!!!

Tuesday, July 2

Elderflowers

Big and strongly perfumed this year...could it be the British weather? Rain...cool ..even some may say...cold and miserable...?
Yes...but...
Is that why the elderflowers are so lovely, fig are "afigging" and the strawberries are bursting...oh and even the cherry tree has excelled itself!?
Well whatever the reason it means that the annual making of the Elderflower syrup can begin.


So this morning my dear friend in Criccieth... north Wales... put up this great recipe for the syrup.
I don't usually make the cordial as I find that I can store syrup in yoghurt pots in the freezer and always add some tonic or soda water afterwards.

The Recipe...

ELDERFLOWER SYRUP

Ingredients

 900 g sugar
 600 ml water
 12 heads elderflowers, picked of any bugs but not washed
 2 lemons, 1 thickly zested, 1 sliced

Method

1. Dissolve the sugar in the water to make a syrup. 

 
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2. Put the elderflower heads into a bowl with the thickly pared lemon zest and lemon slices. 


3. Pour over the boiling syrup, cover and leave overnight. 


4. Strain through muslin and bottle the elderflower syrup. ...or pot and freeze.

Serving suggestions
 Champagne and elderflower jelly: warm champagne with elderflower syrup to taste – don’t boil. Add softened gelatine leaves (9 leaves for 600ml of liquid) and leave to set in the fridge.
Elderflower granite: balance the sweetness of the elderflower syrup with some lemon juice and water. Freeze the mixture in a shallow tray and break up with a fork when half frozen. Serve with spoons.
 Elderflower champagne: add a drop of elderflower syrup to a glass of chilled champagne. Scatter with a few elderflowers. 

I haven't made the jelly...jello for my US friends...but the granite and champagne are ...
DELISH!