Here goes, why its taken so long

Well as the title says, here goes my first post on a blog that I actually set up some time ago.
I’ve actually had lots to put on here but just haven’t got around to actually doing it, this needs to change! So here’s a quick summary of this summer that seemed to go too quickly.

At the beginning of the school holidays I was made redundant from my job, boo hoo, but hey saved on sorting out child care for my 5 year old!
August was then taken up with an old Derbyshire tradition of dressing a local village well, the art of putting flowers in clay to celebrate water, for more details on this unusual tradition check out our website http://www.barlowwelldressing.co.uk.

Well Dressing

Well Dressing

Then came the village carnival, our theme this year was a summer garden.

Carnival time

Carnival time

Then of course comes harvest what with elderflowers, apples, blackberries, marrows, plums and tomatoes to name a few, I have been busy in the kitchen.
So Elderflower champagne at the start of the summer gives way to elderberry wine now bubbling in the demi john, the marrow as well as making a rather good chutney is also bubbling in a demi john for my first attempt at marrow wine.
The panty is now also brimming with spiced plum jam, sage & apple jelly, various chutneys and there is some blackberry vodka maturing for Christmas.

Elderflower Champagne

Elderflower Champagne


Tomatoes, marrow, apples and plums

Tomatoes, marrow, apples and plums


jams, chutney and Jelly

jams, chutney and Jelly

So now after two months and still no employment, but lots to keep me busy, my son is now back at school, maybe its time to turn to my other hobbies of up-cycling and creating to earn my living until other employment opportunities come my way.

More on that to come…..

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