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Inter-village tug-of-war

Yesterday was the now annual inter-village tug-of-war between Otterford (which encompasses Bishopswood) and Buckland St Mary.  It was a glorious sunny day so we were lucky in that department.

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Unfortunately there was also cricket going on in Buckland so some people didn’t turn out for the tug-of-war and the Buckland team were a bit short on the ground.  Neil went along and eventually they just evened the teams up with the men who turned out to make it fairer.

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Neil was sensible enough to wear gloves so he had could contact with the rope.  The position they had chosen to do the tug-of-war was on a slight hill and what kept happening was that the team pulling down hill always won.  So in the end they called in a draw!!

Then we sat on the grass in the sunshine having a BBQ and drinking home made elderflower cordial,  lovely!!

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Buckland St Mary Flower Show 21st August 2011

One of the highlights of the village calender is the annual Flower Show which took place in the village hall today.  It is very competitive, with entries from an 8 mile radius of Buckland St Mary. No exhibitor shall have more than one entry in each class, and all exhibits to be grown or made by the exhibitor. There were 115 classes in various categories: Category A = flowers and floral art, Category B = Vegetables, Category C = Homecraft such as eggs, honey, jam cakes etc. Category D = photography and E,F, G were childrens’ classes.  We entered in 21 classes out of the 115.

The Flower Show was very well attended with lots of exhibits.

Vegetable and fruit exhibitsMore exhibits at the Flower Show

Well out of the 21 classes we entered we got a win in 10 of them. We were well chuffed with ourselves.  Neil got a first place for his potatoes and his elderflower cordial.

Neil's winning potatoes

I got a 2nd place for my blueberries and my marrow under 12 inches long, 1 photo, my eggs plus my courgettes and cooking apples.

2nd place cooking apples

I got third place for 2 photos but there were lots of entries.

What a fantastic start for Neil and I in the flower show to get 10 wins.  We are very happy today.

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Elderflower cordial and Champagne

The elderflowers  have been prolific this year, so yesterday evening in the sunshine (between the showers) we gathered about 50 heads of elderflower and set to making some elderflower cordial and elderflower champagne.

The elderflower champagne recipe was from River cottage, but the recipe for the cordial was from a local lady. We made some of this last year and it was really successful, so refreshing made up with some sparkling water and a slice of lemon.

Elderflower Cordial                         makes 1.5 litres.

Ingredients:            20 heads elderflowers, 1.8kg Granulated or castor sugar, 1.2 litres water, 2 unwaxed lemons, 75g citric acid crystals.

Method

1.       Shake elderflowers to expel any insects and then place in a large bowl of cold water to wash.  Drain, and shake off excess water.

2.       Put sugar into a pan with the water and bring to the boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.

3.       While the sugar syrup is heating, pare zest of lemons off in wide strips and toss into the pan with the elderflowers. Slice lemons, discard ends, and add slices to the pan, and stir in the citric acid. Cover and leave at room temperature for 24 hours.

4.       Next day, strain cordial through muslin (or a new J-cloth rinsed out in boiling water), and pour into thoroughly cleaned plastic bottles. Screw on lids and it is ready to use. Store in cool place or in the fridge.

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