Tisane de Tilleul : Early June is a most exciting and busy time in the garden here at ‘Le Clos des Jardins’.
Once the fresh green leaves of the magnificent Linden ‘tilleul’ tree have unfolded and the pale green flowers begin to open, the whole tree gently hums with the buzzing of the honey bees.
A week later the bees have gone and hailed by the most exquisite fragrance, the flowers are now ready of harvesting and drying in the sun. The dried Linden blossom is then put into linen bags and hung off a beam in the attic to be used throughout the year for a relaxing ‘tisane’.
Soupe d’orties : Just picked a few handfuls of fresh young nettle leaves from the garden for our lunchtime soup.
Such a wonderful bright green colour and gorgeous flavour; fresh & peppery and not at all stingy!
Vin d’Epines : The longer nights drawing in this Autumn were compensated by the first sampling of our home produced apéritif, ‘vin d’épines’, a particularly rural, hedgerow speciality from the Poitou-Charentes region.
We only made three litres, really just to see if it was drinkable, and stored it in a lovely, big old bottle, which was just sitting on a shelf gathering dust. The unanimous verdict is to make alot more in 2011 and to offer this warming, comforting drink to our gîte guests in the cooler months.
New Doors : New artisanal wooden double glazed French doors/windows have been made to our specific requirements and installed in both ‘Le Four du Boulanger’ and ‘Les Ecuries’ this Autumn ready for the new season
These replace French doors/windows which we retrieved from the reclamation yard of Emaüs when we originally converted the outbuildings. We plan to re-use them as internal doors on a future project because we like them and they can still serve a purpose!