Autumn is Coming….

Hi all, It’s been a busy week in the Corner Cottage Homestead as it’s that time of year again – harvest time! You may have noticed that I have been rather preoccupied with my author career at the expense of … Continue reading

Kitchen Garden Update

We we were relative newcomers to kitchen gardening when we began our little ‘Good Life’ project last year. As you can see, even with all the preparation that we did it was a slow process and there were some notable … Continue reading

Elderflower Cordial

Sweetly scented, creamy-white elder flowers make a wonderfully aromatic cordial. Best gathered just as the many tiny buds are beginning to open, and some are still closed. Pick on a warm, dry day  and be sure to leave some flowers … Continue reading

Rosehip Foraging & Rosehip Syrup Recipe

Rosehips are from the same family of fruit as apples and this widely available autumn hedgerow treasure is used to make a syrup with a uniquely floral and fruity flavour. As a child, my sister and I were given a … Continue reading

Making Sloe Gin

One of the most often foraged berries after blackberries are sloe berries, which is strange because they are not exactly the most palatable of fruits. However, as people keep telling me, they are the main ingredient in an alcoholic delicacy … Continue reading

Elderberry Cordial

Elderberries have done particularly well this year. Enormous fat bunches of them are hanging off the branches, weighing them down and just begging us to pick them. There are hundreds of them in the hedgerows beside the old Roman fort where … Continue reading