Elderflower - the ultimate “pick-me-up” fragrance

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    Sian in Belgium Total Gardener

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    I was feeling like so many things were getting me down earlier today...

    But the forecast thunderstorms didn’t come! So I went down to the bottom of the garden, and picked a heavenly-scented* trug of elderflower heads.

    An hour later, and I’ve a batch of elderflower champagne starting, along with some elderflower cordial.
    Feeling Back. In. Control!

    * yes, I know elderflower can smell like cats pee too. But those trees? You just walk on by, and find a tree that is heady, perfumed, where your soul soars. The cats-pee smelling trees will still be there in the autumn, groaning with lush elderberries, ready for making elderberry syrup.**

    ** see! A genuine, natural pick-me-up!
     
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    Sian in Belgium Total Gardener

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    Dangerous stuff, elderflower!

    The cordial is behaving itself, and clearing slowly. Looking forward to that over the coming weeks and months.

    The elderflower champagne.... it was bottled at the beginning of the week. We have to release the pressure twice a day, every day. This evening, one of the bottles “popped” with such force that it split the rubber seal on the bottle. It took half an hour of gently releasing thumb pressure, then re-sealing it, before hubby could take his hand away without the contents erupting over the whole kitchen!!:whistle:
     
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