Today’s recipe is for a quick and easy so delicious fruity summer drink, strawberries and cream fizz, which will make you feel super summery and fantastic. And my celebration of abundance of fruit and summer flowers too. They go so well together it’s like… strawberries and cream!
Opposite our house is a lovely sensory garden in the most wonderful park, it’s just stunning. All year round it has so much to offer, my favourite is autumn and winter when the hills rise up all around through the branches, with wonderful views from the higher wooded parts of the park, but the summer flowers are just glorious, and so many people are happily enjoying the space, paddling in the stream and lounging on the grass. Once the gardens to a now gone stately home it has beautiful trees, woods, a walled garden, and a stream that flows through fresh and pure from the Peaks.
I spent time recently photographing the flowers in the scented garden, nothing serious just enjoying them. I often walk past, stop and smell, take a leaf from a herb plant and crush it in my hand, most often my all-time favourite the abundant lemon balm, which brings back in a powerful instant a world of happy summer childhood memories of the garden I grew up in and brings me happily alive with its scent. Taking photos I find is such a good way of slowing down and spending mindful time enjoying things. If you can enjoy the simple small things, like a bee or a hover fly on a flower or a tree or the pattern of a leaf then you can find happiness in so many places.