Today


Gooseberry and elderflower yogurt




Mint





Blackcurrant jam


~ Eating gooseberry and elderflower yogurt for breakfast in the garden.
~ Picking blackcurrants, raspberries, honeysuckle, lavender, lady's mantle, roses and mint.
~ Making blackcurrant jam (4 jars), scones, mint and cucumber raita and granola.
~ Drying three loads of laundry in the sun.
~ Being grateful to George who has weeded the drive, emptied all the bins and mowed the lawns (front and back).

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  1. Enjoy the sun Sue, heavy rain on its way with amber warnings in place :(

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  2. Lovely post on a lovely day. gooseberry and elderflower yogurt sounds just so good and summery.

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  3. Is George available to give lessons to teens of a similar age? Mine is not grasping this "help" concept at all well - it happens, but only very occasionally and with much huffing and puffing....perhaps I should ask for lessons on training one's teens, instead?

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    1. Well I had to nag a bit about the weeding but once he'd done that he actually offered to do the lawns.

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  4. Looks like a day of contentment! Glad that you were able to enjoy the sun today!

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  5. Care to swap sons? Mine has come home with a rucksack stuffed with muddy clothing and moans when asked to do anything to help.

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  6. It looks like a perfect day, with added sunshine.

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  7. I pointed my camera at the sky today too. I'll leave it out and refer people to yours! Wasn't it welcome? Pudding is gooseberry fool made with the last of the elderflower cordial.

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  8. I think I want your day - looks better than mine x

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  9. ah..i wondered when reading your post who george was..now that i know he is your son and not the paid help i'm impressed..:)

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  10. Beautiful photographs! Especially the jam!

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  11. Reading your post watching a torrent of rain flow past the window and more hurtling from the grey grey skies. Have to pinch myself to rmember that yes, we HAVE had some sunshine, this week. Definitely a day for sitting in the dry and indulging in those gorgeous scones and jam!

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  12. Do you know what rose that is? The colour is just beautiful set against the green and mauve. I'm starting to get in to roses at last, doh!
    Oh, and I love blackcurrant jam. I think it's the dark, dark colour.

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    1. Tracy, I don't know for certain what it's called. My mum gave it me and she thinks it is called 'maigold' but I'm not so sure. It is a lovely colour.

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    2. Thanks, Sue. I looked at 'maigold' and it looks more yellow-y, but that could be just the pictures. I'll keep my eyes peeled...

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  13. Oh, shut up with your sunshine. My tent has been up in the garden to 'dry' since Monday. It has rained torrentially ever since. I have never used my tumble dryer so much in 10 years; months go by usually when I don't use it at all, and now it is constantly turning.

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    1. Absolutely pouring here now. George is in Shropshire doing his Silver DofE expedition so I imagine next week will see prolonged tent drying. No dryer though.

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  14. Sue - did you make the yoghurt? It sounds delicious. You made an elderflower cake recently (I've saved the recipe). I made elderflower cordial this week with your cake in mind (and long cool drinks for when the summer starts). However something went wrong and I now have two bottles of sugared water - no flavour at all. Any idea what I did wrong?

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    1. I did make the yogurt. I stewed some gooseberries with elderflowers and stirred them into homemade yogurt.

      I'm afraid without knowing which recipe you used or what you did I can't tell you what you did wrong. The recipe I use has always worked. The only thing I can think of is that perhaps your elderflowers were picked when wet? They should be picked on a dry, sunny day if possible. Also it is a bit late in the elderflower season, at least it is where I am. Maybe the flavour fades as the season progresses.

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    2. They were wet - and it was late in the season. I think it took me too long to get organised. I used the River Cottage preserves recipe - I shall try again next year. I will keep your cake recipe until then. x

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  15. Oh, gooseberries..... my little plant has none this year - maybe being transplanted from an allotment in the North East and moved to my new South West garden (and then moved to a different spot in it - twice!) has been all too much for it.... But aren't gooseberries the most wonderful partner for elderflower cordial?

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  16. Hi Sue,

    Great blog and such yummy food! I've nominated you for an award on my blog!

    Charlotte

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  17. Hi, I just found your blog via 'A Cottage in Totteridge'. I just spent a couple of hours reading some of your archives. Love your blog and I just added it to my google reader. I've never seen or tasted a quince. I don't think we have them in Canada, at least, not in my part of Canada.

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  18. It all looks absolutely perfect . Sigh .
    Gooseberries , very rarely seen here , were 3.50 Euros for a tiny punnet in the market this Friday . I just took a photograph .....

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  19. Hi lovely post - and reminds me to go and check my gooseberry bush, must be jam time!

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  20. That yoghurt sounds perfect. And the sun shone. How utterly delightful last Thursday's breakfast must have been :D

    Black currant jam is my absolute favourite, and yours looks delish!

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  21. Oooh what a lovely moment

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