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Photo Article from the Welsh Hovel - an evening of jam making and drinks brewing

Tom Winnifrith
Thursday 22 June 2023

My pal Chris came aroud to pick a stack of our glut of strawberries. He, and his daughter, took a trug home with a couple of lettuces after supper but we still have stacks more to pick.  Meanwhile on the production line:

Another 3 litres of elderflower cordial was bottled and now sits in the fridge.  The ginger beer plant was also emptied and another three litres have been bottled. I now have enough sediment at the bottle of the plant to seperate and am now running two plants to double my output. The first batch of elderflower champagne, bar one bottle drunk at supper, was burped and put in the frudge to stop it needing further burping. 

And then 2kg of the strawberries the kids and I picked on Tuesday, having been drowned in sugar overnight, were turned into jam as you can see below. Another half a kilogramme was put through the blender and will start to become ice cream today. The strawberry ice cream was a massive hit with Chris and his daughter as well as my family and it will be hard to keep up with demand.

Chris has bees and there is talk of me trying a honey ice cream. watch this space.

The last tomatoes and chillies grown from seed (in the case of the chillies from last year’s crop) have now left the potting shed to sitb outside and, post weeding this weekend, will go outdoors and into the garden where the weeds are running a bit rampant. I still have Swedes and carrots to plant outside as well as catching up on lawn mowing and strimming in the fields. No rest for the wicked.  


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About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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