I thoroughly enjoyed my walk along the Common land at Noirmont near my house this week. I gathered some elderflowers and took a recipe from the internet and made a batch of Elderflower Cordial.
It took me about 20 minutes to get the solution ready. I added the flowers and left the solution rest in the fermentation bucket I was using that I normally use to make wine. Every twelve hours I lifted the lid and the smell emanating from this lovely liquid was sensational.
Once the 72 hours elapsed I proceeded to sterilize some bottles that I had collected with lift off metal tops by putting them in the oven at 150 degrees celcius.
I siphoned off the delicious liquid and had my first sample using it in the proportion of 11 to 1 with carbonated water as a treat. It was as delicious as it looked. Not only that I took the two crushed up lemons and two crushed up oranges used in the making of the Elderflower Cordial and transferred them to a pot and proceeded to make lemon and orange marmalade using half a pint of the newly made Elderflower Cordial. The marmalade tasted really special with the addition of the Elderflower Cordial. Nothing but natures best in my kitchen.
One of my most favourite trees/bushes is the Magnolia Stellata. It has such a pretty flower and foliage. I have had this plant for approx five years and it has grown considerably and now shows itself off to its full splendour. Can’t wait until it gets even bigger.
Here is a close-up of the flower.
I signed up to do a Spring Mystery Quilt for 2011 with http://carterquilter.wordpress.com and I am very pleased with it. I still have to sandwich it and put a binder on but that time will come
I used some of my French Provencal fabric for this one. I ran short of the yellow fabric so I had to improvise and use blue in some places where yellow should have been. I am pleased with the result and it the mystery was fun to do.
A quilt top I made on New Year’s Eve. I really should get some of these quilts I make sandwiched and finished – I just love making and piecing tops.
Here is a picture found on the internet recently which depicts the Bread Riot of 1847.
I will try and do some more research on this particular riot. Since then there seems to have been a very long quiet period with a few protests but does not seem to have been any more riots.
I love this poem it seems to encompass all I feel about life and after-life, no one knows who wrote it:
The sun may be clouded, yet ever the sun
Will sweep on its course till the cycle is run
And when into chaos the system is hurled
Again shall the Builder reshape a new world.
Your path may be clouded uncertain your goal
Move on, for your orbit is fixed to your soul
And though it may lead into darknes of night
The torch of the Builder will give it new light.
You were. You will be! Know this while you are
Your spirit has travelled both long and afar
It came from the source, to the source it returns
The spark which was lighted eternally burns.
From body to body your spirit speeds on
It seeks a new form when the old one has gone
And the form thatit finds is the fabric you wrought
On the loom of the mind from the fibre of thought.
As dew is drawn upwards, in rain to descend
Your thoughts drift away and in destiny blend
You cannot escape them for petty or great
Or evil or noble, they fashion your fate.
Somewhere in the future, sometime and somehow
Your life will reflect your thoughts of your now
My law is unerring, no blood can atone
The structure you built you will live in alone.
From cycle to cycle, through time and through space
Your lives with your longings will ever kep pace
And all that you ask for, and all you desire
Must come at your bidding, as Flame out of Fire.
Once list’ to that Voice and all turmoil is gone
Your life is in the hands of the Infinited One
In the hurrying race you are conscious of pause
With love for the purpose, and love for the cause
You are your own devil, you are your own god
You fashioned the paths your footsteps have trod
And no one can save you from error or sin
Until you have hark’d to the spirit within.
I surfed the net today because I wanted a quick bread recipe as I was too busy doing projects at home to visit the supermarket to purchase bread. No Joke the picture above is the result of my labour. Good effort eh?
I found this recipe which look promising: I had all the ingredients ready at home so I got to work right away. It was brilliant and you can, hopefully, find the link here.
Quilting is extremely popular in Jersey and and quilters do not usually make a big splash about anything and just get on with their task of making quilts but THIS year quilters from the Caesarea Quilters Club have decided to invite an American Quilt Tutor, by the name of Jan Krentz, to Jersey to give two very special workshops on some lovely STAR techniques.
Jan Krentz is a quilt maker, instructor, designer and author who currently displays and teaches on her own website and also contributes to the ‘The Quilt Show’ website. If you share a passion for quilts and beautiful fabrics, you will enjoy these workshops!
If you are a quilter and live on the Island of Jersey UK and would like to attend one of these workshops please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org and visit .
If you don’t live on the island of Jersey UK and would still like to come along it is not too late – so go on! What are you waiting for contact us for further information.
We have vacancies on the following days:
3 day course – Summer Salsa Lone Star Quilt Class
Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th April 2010
2 day course – Rainbow Split Broken Star
Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st April 2010
If weather permits you can make a start at clearing you veg patch and flower borders,
don’t forget that all waste leaves etc should go onto your compost heap. If you havent got one then it’s a good idea to start one. There are many ways you can do this and if your not sure then please just ask me it’s not a problem