Drink!

Today on the lane it was collection time, gathering elderflower blossom to make elderflower champagne. Now the flowers have been separated from their stalks and along with the lemons, sugar and yeast placed in the fermenting bucket.

There is still time to gather more elderflowers and hopefully they will be transformed into elderflower liqueur and gin.

The dog roses and briar roses are flowering further along the lane now and the honeysuckle – at the bottom of the lane – has been open and fully flowering for a couple of days whereas the honeysuckle at the top of the lane is just beginning to open properly. Its amazing how much difference there can be within the lane.

Elderflowers and moss

The cool morning has subdued the colours on the lane but the elderflower blossom provides a creamy white highlights among the moss covered trees near the top of the lane. I love the scent of elderflower and with the deeper compost scent of the woods it is calming.

Ragged robin is blooming merrily. The petals look as though they’re constantly throwing their flower heads around, creating a tangled look but when I started drawing the flowers a different pattern emerges.