Just Now I Am.....

The last few days of June find me

Enjoying the lovely summery weather

Making more elderflower cordial before the flowers fade

Picking gooseberries (ouch! ouch! ouch!)

Making coconut ice cream

Picking a birthday gift of flowers

Making more almond muffins -recipe to come soon

Putting together a June sampler

Watching the tennis (though not today, today's a rest day, today I am watching the MotoGP)

Looking forward to watching Andy and Laura play tomorrow

Drinking chilled Spanish white wine. Lots of it.




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  1. Sounds perfect - just throw in finishing a PGCE course and take out the baking and that's exactly how my weekend has been spent! x

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  2. Gooseberries are so interesting to me, I've never eaten one but I love the color. They look a little like peeled grapes.

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    1. Unfortunately they become less green and more yellow when they are cooked, not a pleasant colour at all. These ones are far too tart to eat raw so they must be cooked with lots of sugar. I have cooked mine and sieved them to a puree and stashed them in the freezer until I decide what to do with them. Ice cream I think.

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  3. I know gooseberries are not to everyone's taste but I love their tartness. My Nanna makes a mean gooseberry and strawberry pie. The two flavours go so well together. I only have a small town garden but recently got two bushes to grow in tubs. Hopefully next year I will have enough gooseberries to make my own gooseberry and strawberry pie.

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    1. Now that's combination I've never thought to try.

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  4. Beautiful photos - a real summer mosaic! Gooseberries with elderflowers too delicious!

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  5. Your pictures are, as ever, delightful.

    I live near to the Silverstone racetrack and, usually, we hear the helicopters going in and out all day on Friday and Sunday but the last couple of years they have been missing - I do wonder why.

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  6. My weekend has been filled with laundry, tennis and making birthday cupcakes for work tomorrow. Paleist pink and green butter icing topped with Dolly Mixtures and white chocolate buttons.
    I have not spied any elderflowers this year, but I haven't really looked very hard... shame on me. I could quite do with a little prosecco and elderflower pick-me-up tonight!
    Your photos are delicious.
    Ax

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  7. you're a good woman.

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  8. It all sounds so nice. And so summery! There's a rainbow of colour going in your mosaic today Sue - I do love your mosaics. x

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  9. Beautiful photographs. Thinking of your samplers solved a conundrum I had been having with myself. I have just finished a needlepoint picture and was wondering what to do next. Looking at your beautiful photographs in the June sampler made me think of embroidering a sampler. I have always liked samplers and never made one. So thank you for inspiring me. Oh by the way I am so jealous of your gooseberry harvest, mine is miniscule.

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  10. What a lovely sampler. Your blog is filled to the brim with such deliciousness, it's a very happy place to be. I have gooseberries too, but I'm not sure when to harvest them. Is size everything? Or should I wait for a little sweetness too? Any and all advice gratefully received. Hope you have a good week Sue.

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    1. I don't really know to be honest CJ. Mine are grape sized. I don't think they get much bigger so I picked them. There are some dessert varieties which you can eat raw and are as big as small plums.

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    2. Thanks Sue, I think I shall pick some and give them a try. I did try biting into one, but it made my face contort and my foot stamp up and down. So probably not a dessert variety...

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  11. My mother is obsessed with gooseberries and there is that dreadful moment when she puts her famous gooseberry tart on the table. Everyone looks at me because I am the oldest daughter and I have to surreptitiously take the first bite and find out if she has remembered to put the sugar in.

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  12. Though I have never liked gooseberries, I do like your blog - so colourful and uplifting. It was gooseberry crumble at school dinners that did it - a long time ago!! Maybe I will give them another try now! xCathy

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  13. Sue, thank you for giving me this glimpse of late June garden beauty. I think gooseberries are beautiful little globes. None have yet shown up at the Union Sq, farmers market...we are still at the end of strawberry picking time, with cherries and currents arriving to take center stage.

    How lucky I was to see the Saturday tennis via ESPN cable, and ...to continue the watching tomorrow. Monday a day off for me and a very important Wimbledon day, too.

    xo

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