Happy Midsummer! It’s certainly been feeling like it here this week, with our usual grey and cloudy weather making way for a heatwave and clear blue skies every day. We’ve had a bit of a different sort of week as my eldest was sent home from nursery with chicken pox on Tuesday. By the end of Wednesday I was wondering what all the fuss was about chicken pox really, he was absolutely full of beans and the spots had almost completely faded! So I took him back to nursery on Thursday… it wasn’t chicken pox at all.. it was heat rash! It actually turned out to be a complete blessing in disguise as having Frey home meant that I got to spend Midsummer’s Day with both my babies. We took a trip to the lavender farm, had lavender tea (for me) and chocolate brownies (for Frey) and had a walk around the lavender fields, then came home and set up the paddling pool under a tree in the garden. If only I could magically make the bedrooms cool at night I could definitely live with weather like that more often, I love the heat and the sunshine!
One of the summer time treats we have been enjoying this week is making our own ice lollies. (Ice lorries in Frey speak!) I had some elderflower cordial in the fridge that we made a few weeks ago, and thought it would make a lovely ice lolly.
I made up the cordial using one part cordial to three parts spring water (I guessed, I just used the same ratio as when making pimms.. ooh wouldn’t pimms ice lollies be nice?!) and then added some chopped strawberries to the ice lolly moulds, popped them into the freezer for a few hours and voila!
What a wonderful summery treat. I loved making the elderflower cordial too, it’s the first year I’ve ever done it – I don’t think I even realised that I had an elder tree in the garden before. I’m planning on drying the remaining flowers I’ve harvested to use in herbal remedies, and I’m looking forward to using some of the berries in the autumn too.