Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Tuesday.


The photo above is of a yew tree which I have been 'bonsai-ing' for the last ten (?) years. In the soil around it are some very tiny pink flowered plants, which I think Ann took from a sink garden/rockery we once had. They are nicely in proportion to the tree, but I've no idea what they are - alpines of some sort, I should think. Does anyone know?

This afternoon, having an hour to spare, we strained and bottled the sloe gin from the sloes picked last year. As you can see, we've made seventeen half bottles this year. Got three half bottles left from the year previous, so will probably open the first of this lot sometime around Christmas, when it should be drinkable.



      Got a very early start ack Emma, so -    Good Night.

12 comments:

Crowbard said...

Snap! Mike,
Just bottled up our two and a half litres of sloe gin. Think it might be a bit sweet this year...
Plenty left from last year despite our magnanimity, largesse, munificence, philanthropy and generosity....
Reminds me, I must get a new eye-dropper!

Pat said...

That promises to be a very Merry Christmas:)3968

Liz said...

We made some raspberry gin last year. As it was a first attempt, we only made one small bottle and it has long since been drunk!

Mike and Ann said...

Hello Carl. I think our sloe gin is a bit the other way, i.e. a bit drier this year; but we can always adjust one way- i.e. sweeten it a bit in a few month's time, if necessary. Probably won't be.

Mike and Ann said...

Hello Pat. You're quite right, it's even more in demand during the festive season.

Mike and Ann said...

I've heard good things of raspberry gin. Haven't tried it though. Suggest you make some more this year, then take professional advice on it (hem! hem !).

Mike and Ann said...

P.s. Sorry, that last comment should have been addressed to Liz.

Crowbard said...

Hi Mike your probably right about the alpines, 'fraid I just can't make out their details. Any chance of a sharp close-up, please?

Z said...

My sister has a very good recipe for plums baked in sloe gin, but it does use up a fair bit!

stigofthedump said...

mmmmmmm I love you Daddy!!

Mike and Ann said...

Hi Sal. All the sloe gin is now in the cupboard. Could that be why the phrase 'cupboard love' springs to mind? Never mind, Daughter; a bottle of the best is earmarked for you.

Mike and Ann said...

Hello Z. I know your sister to be a woman of taste; that recipe sounds georgolicious!, and confirms my opinion of Wink.