Three things: Dunes, elderflower champagne, gardening

 

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Why do dunes never look quite so steep in photos as they are in real life? They are certainly at their steepest when you are only a third of the way up–with a small child in one arm and too many snacks and too much water in the other–wondering whether you should cut your losses, slide back to the bottom, and find an alternative route. This particular dune is a favourite of ours at Balmedie Beach which is about 20 minutes drive away. We often go to the beach just beyond this one because of its gorgeous and frightening population of seals, but we never regret a good play on the dunes, a fossick about the estuary, or fish ‘n’ chips in the playground at Balmedie.

However, at this time of year, we make a trip out especially to pick elderflowers. They grow all over the city and there are countless on our street, but the first year I made elderflower champagne we picked them at Balmedie and now it is lodged within tradition. While their cat-pee fragrance can be smelt about the city now, it turns out it is still a little early for them on the coast. Oh well… best plan on another trip out soon. This is a recipe similar to how I make it. (I have never needed to add yeast). While it takes at least a month in Aberdeen to ferment, I made it one summer in New Zealand, and it was just a few days before the bottles were fit to burst.

Finally, I loved these gardening tips… not so much about gardening, but being/moving in a garden. Numbers 8+10 are my favourites!

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