I have found that May has gone by so quickly that June is almost upon us! One of the sure signs that summer is on its way are the appearance of elderflower heads in the hedgerows.
There is a soft fragrance which fills the air as you walk past them and they make the most excellent cordial.
As pao had to do some studying a couple of Saturdays ago, I took myself off for a walk round the village to gather some elderflower heads and to explore a bit.
The cricketers were out on the green as usual during the afternoon. We can see them quite clearly from our dining room window.
I walked up The List and turned right towards the fields and found a few bushes in the hedgerows but it was still early so there weren’t many
elderflower heads yet.
I found a great number of elderflower heads on Court Hill where the contraversial new doctor’s surgery is going to be and
found myself at the barn where I’d been for art exhibitions which our friend Gillian had invited us to.
I found a gate through to the church yard and
picked a few more in there.
I headed down Nargate Street and stopped a moment by the watermill to look at the Nailbourne.
I looped back onto the High Street via a leafy footpath.
Detouring briefly to admire the oast conversions. I have always liked oasts with their big rounded rooms at the tops. These are a little close to the river for my liking but they are lovely though.
I finish back where I started on the village green collecting elderflower heads from the three enormous bushes there with the unasked for but appreciated help of a surly village girl who demanded to know what I was doing.
I carefully washed the elderflower heads as I was determined not to end up with a cordial full of bugs as I had a couple of years ago.
Then I boiled the sugar and water together.
Then I sliced the fruit and mixed them all together in two large jugs.
24 hours later, I was sieving cordial into bottles. Elderflower cordial is supposed to be a yellowy green colour but mine is pink. I can only put it down to my use of blood oranges instead of ordinary oranges. It still tastes nice though.