I have been really busy, and not getting better, don't let anyone tell you retirement is restful. The garden's looking better, I have dozens of jars of various jams, jellies and chutneys, our local garden club is having a tasting session soon as we've all used each other's produce.
One of the most successful discoveries has been fruit vinegar, inspired by a raspberry balsamic glaze L brought from Bologna. My variety is elderberry:
4 oz elderberries leave stalks, but remove spiders)
1 pint vinegar (if you use white you end up with a wonderful claret colour)
soak for 4-7 days, mashing occasionally.
strain through a jelly bag (unlike jellies, it's OK to squeeze it to speed it up)
4 oz sugar, dissolve then boil until about 1/2 the volume.
Brilliant on salad, cheese or vegetables, Use in dressings or even on fruit or ice-cream.
I can't go too long without a flower photo, this zinnia was in I&T's garden, with tutu and OTT hairstyle
For anyone immature enough to find these things amusing, I might collect a few more!
No L, you can't have it! I came across these while waiting for a bronze DofE group, they all wanted the little one too.
The biggest I've seen, I never quite believed in Edmund Blunden's Giant Puffball until now.
And so I gathered mightiness and grewWith this one dream kindling in me, that I
Should never cease from conquering light and dew
Till my white splendour touched the trembling sky.
It would have been interesting to watch it for a few days to see whether it did touch the sky, I suspect only as millions of spores.