The recipe for the elderflower cordial, as requested
20 June Monday. The Longest Day. Full Moon. Lashing Rain.
20 large elderflower blossoms
(Best gathered in the sunshine, as if they are collected on an overcast day, your cordial may taste like cat pee. I have never checked to see if this is true but I am not willing to take the chance.)
4 lb. (1.8 kg) sugar
2 ¾ oz. (75g) citric acid
Put the flowers into a large bowl (remove all leaves first)
In a saucepan, bring the sugar and 2 pints (a generous litre) of water to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Pour the liquid over the flowers and stir in the citric acid. Add grated zest of lemons, then slice the lemons and add them to the bowl too.
Cover and leave for 24 hours.
Strain through double muslin.
Pour into sterilized bottles and make a label.
Store in a cool dark place.
Makes about 1 1/2 litres or 2 ½ pints.
Serve a small amount of the cordial with sparkling or still water, with or without or ice.
18 June Saturday
I love to look into the eyes of dogs. My preferred way to look into the eyes of a dog is to lie down on the floor. Some dogs are uncomfortable with a human lying beside them. Even if I am not touching them, some dogs do not feel happy. Some dogs get up, walk away and throw themselves back down onto the ground at a little distance. Some dogs stay right where they are and they look right back into my eyes. If the grass is wet or the area muddy I do not lie down with a dog. In a house that is not my own, I try to pay attention to whose house it is and if it might seem rude to lie down with their dog. It is more often than not a bad idea. I do like looking at another person’s home from down on the floor, looking up and seeing their world as I think their dog might see it.
17 June Friday
Joe’s cows eat the grass in the field but no matter how flattened it all is by their tearing, they always leave some tufts and thistles and things. When they walk off the field to go for milking or just off to a different field, the crows come swarming in looking for worms and other things that they might want to eat. I think the crows have easier access to these things because the grass is low. All of the recent rain can only make it easier to find the things they seek too.