This morning I had a wonderful present when I arrived at church - the churchwarden had got me a big bag of elderflowers.
I LOVE elderflower cordial but I am fussy about the source of my elderflowers. I won't have them from the roadside because of pollution from passing vehicles and I won't have them from hedges near fields which have been sprayed. I find that the best place to get them is from churchyards.
As soon as I got home I dragged out the stockpot (my largest stainless steel vessel) and tipped in the elderflower heads, 2 ounces of citric acid, two sliced lemons, two pounds of sugar and three pints of boiling water. And now the whole lot is meditating and will do so for the next five days before I bottle it.
I shall freeze some so that in the depths of winter I shall be able to drink bottled summer. Sheer luxury!