Monday, December 5, 2011

Lady & Lovely Lavender

I thought I'd post photos of my Lady Lavender
This is my outdoor Lavender that I purchased just this yr.
Now Manitoba is very ify for Lavender to over winter . In fact there is even a greenhouse that offers an over winter service for Lavender plants . I do also know some blessed people who have over wintered Lavender in their gardens outdoors .
So I planted mine in my front flower bed .I then placed fallen leaves over them and placed burlap bags on top . I am so hoping they will not die .
I've always dreamed of having row upon row of Lavender . I think it is my Mediterranean side coming out ☺
Anyway below are a few more photos of my plants both outdoor and indoor .
I've not started my journal yet ! But I do have two projects that I'm going to begin .

This really is cheating .I bought these at the end of Summer season . The big dept. stores just chuck out all the plants . It is  plantocide in my opinion !
they should at least have an effort to give plants away to shelters , group homes , hospitals etc.

I have never ever seen a Lavender flower ! nope ! always have purchased the dried flower buds but never seen them close up blooming !

They are almost like a purple pine cone with light petals on top ☺

Now this , this is real !
I planted these from seed about 5-6 yrs ago . they grew and never ever flowered .
Then this spring when I went out to the lake for so long to stay at Mum's place .
I placed them in the sun hot hot sun  my tea garden .
Yes they bloomed !
Lol it was funny the flowers were so so small
okay take the Lavender picture up top and shrink it by 7 lol that is how small they were .

These two littles are who I am choosing to work with this yr.
This one is Lovely

This one is Lady
I know she is straggly and kind of under kept so I felt she needs a confidence boost so I named her Lady .
Now I've two plants so one shall me used for my spiritual work and the other for my medicinal work .
The two projects I am starting are firstly a dream pillow .I thought that would be a good start . sew and embroider a little dream pillow stuffed with Lavender to place under my head at night .
The other project is I am over the winter months anyway going to make myself at night time just a small cup of warm lavender milk with honey .
The two projects were not planned together at all but they just evolved and they do go together don't they !
So as I work on these for now I will take some photos and post as I work along .
By for now , Rox , Lovely & Lady ☺

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Peach Brandy !

Yes , we have Peach Brandy !
I cannot believe it worked lol
I thought like my grapes instead of wine I might get vinegar .
Nope !
Today was the day I had marked on my calendar to check the Brandy I had stored away in a dark place .
My friend Molly posted at the end of summer about making fruit brandies .
I wasn't going to do it .I was tired after picking grapes and making the apple cider vinegar etc.
Then I saw peaches marked down the end of Aug.
I bought a few bags and brought them home .
all you need do is have clean sterile jars and lids .
cut fruit up into pieces and layer in jar with sugar . place lid on jar and store away for I think 3 months . I'm pretty sure it was end of Aug. beginning of Sept I started this .I'd have to look back on the calender .
So I had done 4 jars . 3 of the jars looked like the one up top . fruit floating on top and a peachy coloured liquid on the bottom . The 4th jar did not look like this it was browny blackish and looked like something might be growing in there .
Well as soon as I took the lids off wow ! alcohol arose from the jars ! Yes that is right ! Peach Alcohol .
The really gross jar did smell gross !

so once I opened up the jars I then dumped them into a strainer

like this and strained the liquid off.
I'm left with all this fruit and wondering maybe I could throw it into an apple crisp . brandies peach apple crisp ?
so I had saved this glass gin bottle , sterilized it and poured the brandy into it .
I am going to serve this at our solstice party ! what a treat for our friends eh .
by the way Molly told me you can do this with all kinds of fruit like cherry , apricot etc.
I'm just so so happy it worked ☺