Thursday, 19 November 2009

The Best of a Bad Situation!



I like to think I have a knack for getting the best out of things, a way of turning things to my, er I mean the best, advantage. I have had both girls home this week with chesty coughs and nasty headaches; Lucy has had the headache which appears to be a 'viral' thing - well, there's a surprise - and Isabella has hacked away at the same time as demanding anything she can think of while I have worked in the kitchen on my orders. If only she was as happy to snuggle under her quilt as Lucy, though truthfully I am no different and only like to cosy up in bed when well enough to enjoy it, magazines and knitting/sewing to hand, choccies...you get the idea?



This could have been fraught, but it has been fine and today I have put the work away in order to address another possibly bad situation: the disgustingness of my homemade Hedgerow Cordial. Now, I realise this may not seem that big a deal, but when you have spent much time gathering elder and blackberries, rosehips and apples in order to provide your offspring with rich, slightly healthful cordial as an alternative to that offered in the supermarkets only to find they are drinking something which looks and tastes closer to a rich and alcoholic red wine it is most definitely Not A Good Thing.



One has to consider the possibility that teachers may think your well-behaved child is well-behaved for a very good reason and that there may be a need to contact people on her behalf. One sniff of her drink bottle would confirm any suspicions as the full and fruitsome odour of a good Cabernet fills the nostrils. Unfortunately, the taste does not match the promise and therein lies the reason for my assessment of the situation as bad: do I bin and waste all this effort/fruit/sugar (did say slightly healthful) or do I come up with something to do with it?



I added a goodly glug of brandy, mixed heartily and poured a slug for your benefit - see above - and re-bottled the Hedgerow Cordial as Hedgerow Rob, a delicious beverage to be taken neat by a fireside (lit obviously) or with hot water and a dash of cinammon when feelingg the need for comfort. Definitely NOT to be taken by children!



Now I'm off to read Captain underpants to the children and pack away these stockings which have looked so lovely hanging in the kitchen.



Hope you are having a good day?



Bye for now x

11 comments:

  1. I do hope the children will soon be better. I know exactly what you mean about needing to be well enough to enjoy being ill! What a shame about your cordial. If you have any left could you reboil it to get rid of any alcohol and then rebottle perhaps? I used to make elderberry syrup - good for colds - but sometimes it developed a distinctly alcoholic whiff! As long as you don't poison yourselves enjoy it by the fire and buy something else for the children!

    Jane

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  2. I think you have been very resourceful! I am sure that it will make a very heartwarming and medicinal drink for you when you have had a bad day. Hope the littlies are better soon.

    Pomona x

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  3. Mmmm.... well the finished beverage sounds deeelish! and I bet it will taste even better if you leave it to 'mature' until Christmas. I wonder if you boiled some down to a thick syrup it might make a nice grown up icecream sauce too?

    Hope the girls feel better soon.

    x

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  4. Very enterprising with the medicinals - sounds rather good actually!

    We have the "virals" going the rounds here and quite honestly I could do with some time in bed - if only! Your post made me chuckle; I love the impish look on Lucy's face!!

    Kate x

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  6. Mmmm, sounds delicious! Hope everyone is better soon, what a bonny little girl you have :o)

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  7. Hope the girlies are better soon! x

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  8. The Hedgerow Rob sounds like a good fix! The color sure is pretty. =)

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  9. Hope the litle ones are better soon.

    Tracey

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  10. Despite the illnesses, everything in your garden (and house) seems so very lovely. Even the sick child!

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  11. Your stockings are beautiful...and oh that quilt - gorgeous. I hope good health has now returned to the Poltisko household. x

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