Making elderflower cordial from the elder tree which fortuitously grows at the back of the garden. The day is cold and grey but the cordial smells of summer.
When I strained it, one tie loop on the jelly-bag broke away, causing much hopping about with dishcloths and towels. In consequence, the yield wasn’t quite as large as it ought to have been, but worth having:
I found that a few thunderflies had sneaked their way through two jelly bag strainings, and had to be fished out with a spoon. So it is official: thunderflies can get into anything. I suppose they are a sign of summer too.