Mid to late July is when the beautiful Elderflower shows her lacy skirts, and I fill a basket with these blossoms, steep them in a honey and lemon water, reap the benefits (good for the sinuses), and reward my family with a bubbly Prosecco cocktail. Simply fill a champagne glass with ice; pour cordial over top, and add Prosecco; stir gently to combine, garnish with raspberries (in season), and thin sliced lemon.
A beautiful species, the shrub’s flowers and berries have long been used in European households as a homemade medicinal staple, and a refreshing Summer drink with sparking wine or mineral water.
Steeping Instructions as follows:
15 to 20 heads of elderflower, picking off any bugs etc. and making sure that the flowers are open with no brown bits.
5 cups of water
4 cups sugar
4 tablespoons local honey
1 unwaxed organic lemon
Place the sugar and honey in a large stainless saucepan with the water and bring to a gentle boil to dissolve the sugars, then take from the heat.
Grate the lemon and add the zest to your mixture. Place the flower heads in the liquid with the heads down, and make sure the flowers are completely covered in liquid so the pollen can steep. Squeeze the lemon for the juice, put the saucepan in a cool place with the lid on, and leave to steep and infuse for up to 48 hrs.
Strain the liquid with a fine sieve, and pour into a clean jar and store in the fridge for up to 1 month. Use as desired!
Our black lace curtain, Sicily, is featured in an Ideabook by Krita Raut, Houzz India Contributor.
Go look: Soft Furnishing Maintenance 101
It Brought in Eggs & Vegetables……………..
That Apron Dusted Tabletops, & Shooed Away the Flies
I wish I knew the author of this poem! It brought back so many memories of my mother, and both Grandmothers who lived with us all through my childhood.
We, at Highland Lace Company, have these available to purchase if you would like one. Just tell us the colour you would like and the style ( bib front or half apron )
What is it about pink? I am obsessed with this colour .again! Cannot get enough of it. Now it seems that Pantone has declared Rose Quartz the 2016 shade of choice…..Rose Quartz is the stone of unconditional love. One of the most important stones for Heart Chakra work, Rose Quartz opens the heart to all types of love – love of self, love of family, love of friends, romantic love. They have partnered it with Serenity, a soft baby blue. I prefer to use pink as a neutral, with soft creamy linen
We have a new group of linen curtains that I would like to showcase around this gorgeous colour. I always think of ballet slippers when I see this shade of pink, and so, yes, predictably, we are calling our newest linen shade “Ballet Pink”
We now have 2 styles in this range. The curtain is available in chiffon ruffles down the sides, or several rows of ruffles along the bottom. Both are sold as single panels, and are available in many lengths.
Linen Curtain with Side Ruffles….shown in Cream
Linen Curtain with Ruffled Bottom….shown in Cream
These Easy Care Luxury Linens are available with ruffles as shown in 4 colours…..Pure White, Cream, Ballet Pink, and Dove Grey. They pair well with our classic lace collection
PURE FABRIC OF ROMANCE!
It has been a long time since I have experienced a genuine judged flower show. This one in Annapolis Royal was put on by the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens members, with a lovely tea provided for the visitors.
I loved the ribbons delicately dividing each category, and all the beautiful prize ribbons.
This was the entry of Lorraine : beswickflowers.ca
Another Arrangement by Lorraine Beswick……unusual Anemone
In memory of Sarah Clarke
Exquisite arrangement by Gary Freeman
So Carefree and loose and creative!
So Innocent and Sweet!