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Mummys’ little helper…..

There are lots of blogs and Web posts from women who joke about their claims to only get through the day with the kids on a daily dose of a favourite tipple. Wine and Prosecco are all favourites, and rather than ‘Mothers Ruin’ Gin is now ‘Mummys’ Little Helper‘.

I’ve never really taken these claims seriously, and I’ve certainly not judged either. Who am I to say what coping strategy one should employ? (My own is prescription based). I appreciate its often an exaggeration to make a humorous blog post (isn’t it?). All I know is that as a bit of a light weight I couldn’t really trust myself not to just fall asleep before tea was finished, let alone want to crawl into bed before the kids are ready to. That’s most evenings as it is, even without the booze.

I can however certainly see the benefits of that early evening drink. It occurred to me the other day that actually having a drink at tea time (or 6pm ish if we are going to eat after the kids) makes a lot of sense. For one thing, having a drink makes me a lot less shouty at bedtime.

Repeating “pyjamas, bathroom, brush your teeth, where’s your reading book?, why can’t you hang up your uniform?” etc etc constantly doesn’t need to be in a raised voice, it can still be said in a calm manner, even if it is the eleventybillionth time you’ve said it.

Bath and bedtime is definitely a bit easier going if I’m in that floaty-head drunk bubble that a glass of wine or two can do (like I said, Lightweight). Given that I do find bedtimes quite stressful as I’m always worn out, but the kids seem to have boundless energy, I do need a strategy so as not to get so strung out.

The kids love it when Dad chases them up the stairs and around the bedroom a few times before getting them ready for bed, but I’m just not that fun!! Maybe I need to pay more attention to my mood, and self medicate more often, for all of our sakes. 

The sound of the bath running will now be synonymous with the popping of a wine cork or clink of ice cubes in a glass…..!

Although its been a recent revelation to me, I am aware this is not really news for most, and although possibly controversial I trust people will read this as a witty observation, rather than a cry for help, but I’ll wait for the fall out….

In the meantime, Cheers, Iechyd Da!!


Elderflower Cordial

It’s the time of year for Elderflower cordial. I can smell the flowers as I walk by the trees at the moment and the fragrance is so evocative of summertime – fresh and sweet.


The recipe is very easy, but there are a few tips I have picked up over the years to ensure you get super sweet, fragrant cordial. This is good for mixing with juice or water, or (of course) Prosecco. There is also a gin cocktail which is a favourite of mine. Recipe below.

You will need:

20-25 heads of elderflower

Zest and juice of one lemon

1 litre boiling water

1kg of caster sugar.

My lovely trug, coming into action again!




Always pick the flowers on a dry day and in a clean place, ie. away from a busy road.

Don’t wash the flowers, but give them a good shake to get rid of any bugs/debris.




Place the flowers in a large bowl (I usually trim mine from the stalk with scissors and with half inch of stem).

Add the lemon zest and pour on the boiling water. Cover with a cloth and leave for 24 hrs, stirring occasionally.




Using a sieve, strain the mixture into a jam pan or heavy bottomed pan. Muslin or coffee filter papers are good to use at this point, as there are still sometimes little bugs that get through.

Add the sugar and bring the mix to the boil, then turn the heat down slightly and stir until all the sugar crystals have dissolved. It’s up to you how thick you want the syrup now. Thicker is good for pouring on ice-cream/ yoghurt etc.

Decant into sterilised bottles. The syrup should keep in the fridge for a few weeks, or you can pour into ice cube trays and freeze.


Gin and Elderflower Cocktail

1 part Gin

1 part Elderflower syrup

Tonic or lemonade or soda

Pour over ice and lemon and enjoy