Elderflower head - ripe for wine making
The sun is out and the temperature is rising, this week has seen our first visitors from Australia, this is definitely the furthest distance anyone has traveled to get to our yurt camp. The lovely sunshine is set to stay with us all over the weekend and the guests in the yurt camp over the past week have been treated to a lovely clear sky each night and warm and humid days. The elderflowers are all in bloom right now and fill the air with their heady scent. They are all just ready for picking to make some home made wine. Elderflower wine is lovely, light and refreshing, or for those who prefer non alcoholic drinks elderflower cordial can be made from the flowers too. The fields and hedgerows surrounding the yurt camp are full of edible plants, flowers and berries, and anyone interested in foraging for their supper would have a large variety to choose from. Wild strawberries are out now in the hedges, and the wild garlic has faded now.
Clover circle at the yurt camp
The first day of June has brought unbroken sunshine to the yurt camp. This week has seen a mixed bunch of weather starting with some rain, but finishing with the finest weather you could ask for over the past couple of days. The yurt camp is looking lovely in the sunshine with all the buttercups in bloom in the adjacent meadow. Our guests have enjoyed clear skies and warm days and evenings. Its the perfect weather for having a barbecue and a camp fire. Some of our guests this half term week week have been visiting some of our gorgeous local beaches, at Blackpool Sands and Bigbury. Kitty the yurt camp cat has also been enjoying lots of attention from our guests too. The Canada geese on our lake have hatched 4 goslings which are growing very rapidly. This time last year we had noticed a huge number of tadpoles in our lake but this year there are seemingly none about. Maybe the prolonged and cool winter has made the breeding season later. Our clover conservation circle in the yurt camp is now attracting a great number of local bees and insects. Here is hoping the weather stays throughout the summer!
Liz Jeffery - owner of Hemsford Yurt camp