Yesterday we harvested some elderflower to make cordial. We love elderflower cordial in this house, but we can’t afford to drink as much of it as we’d like at £3 for a small bottle. And as we have a lot of elder trees, it seems too good to waste. So yesterday afternoon, while the sun was shining on it, we picked 140 heads of elderflower, and yesterday evening I chopped sixteen lemons and boiled seven litres of water and tipped in a tub of citric acid and … rather a lot of sugar. The whole lot is sitting macerating in a big plastic jerry can at the moment, so in a few days we’ll filter it, and then two days after that we’ll bottle it. So, not a quick process, but once the picking is done, hardly a labour intensive one – and the results are more than worth it.