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Try Something Different 1 May 2014 (Eynsham Village) Cowslips and may blossom, dandelions and elderflowers are too good to leave in the hedgerow, says Paul Hughes.

This is a fuller version of the feature published May 2014 in Eynsham News. Download the PDF below.

At this time of year my mother would take me and my siblings out to collect elderflowers, may blossom and dandelions to make country wines. A strange thing to do as she was virtually teetotal (she once cleared a display of glassware with one swing of her handbag after a glass of sherry and had to be dragged out of the gift shop in a fit of giggles) ...

However, the reason for writing this is to encourage everyone to try something different - take your children for a walk, pick the elderflowers, the elderberries and blackberries, check the internet for recipes and make some wine for the grown-ups and cordials for the children, as well as elderflower fritters and crumbles ...


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