elderflower time

Right now when we go anywhere in the car or by foot the girls call out each time they see an elder tree laden with flowers.
They know November is elderflower season here and that means a few batches of elderflower cordial to see us through to next year.
The recipe I use is here ( as well as a recipe for elderflower fritters).
Right now I am especially grateful that these annual rituals help me (and the girls) stay rooted in the concrete tasks of daily life while my internal world remains buffeted by ebb and flow of grief.


  1. The seasons move on regardless! I love elderflowers and whata great sport; spotting them. I have an elder in the garden and this year planted a black elder that has beautiful pink flowers. Maybe pink fritters for us next year. LOve to you