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Walking the Coast to Coast, With a Dog, the Other Way

Last week we returned from the biggest walk we have ever done – 200 miles from the Yorkshire Coast to the Cumbrian one in 18 days (we had a few rest days). It was tough, much tougher than the distance walking we had done in New Zealand. We had a real mix of weather (and our worst days were the bad weather ones, especially the gales and driving rain we had between Keld and Kirkby Stephen and up over Kidsty Pike, which is at the 800m mark, the peak on the profile below), but we were lucky because whenever we were camping, it wasn’t that wet.
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Making Elderflower Champagne

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June and early July saw our hedgerows full of elderflowers and I decided to make elderflower champagne (using the River Cottage recipe, here). I’ve never made anything alcoholic before, so it was a bit of an experiment.

The elderflower heads

The elderflower heads

Into a clean bucket with warm water and sugar (yeast added later, but now would have been good)

Into a clean bucket with warm water and sugar (yeast added later, but now would have been good)


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