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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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My New (ish) Toy

I’ve been back in the UK since last August and after a terrible winter, we’ve been rewarded with a fabulous summer. Since we live just 4 minutes walk from the beach and the Axe River runs into the estuary at the far end, it’s the perfect place to have a kayak. I bought one second hand on eBay about a month ago and I’ve been out on it a couple of times a week since.Sit on top ocean kayak
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Back From Spain

The boyf and I just spent a couple of weeks in Spain on a bit of a fact-finding trip. We are hoping to live there at some point and get our Spanish to a better level (we used it a lot on the trip, as most of our encounters were with people who didn’t speak any English). Enjoyed driving around the Basque country and La Rioja, eating amazing food and drinking fabulous wine.
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