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Hello Everyone :) How are you all on this Autumnal day? I am doing great, and believe it or not, I am loving this cold, wet and windy weather, I absolutely love it when the Seasons change and you can really see and feel the change, and I love Autumn and Winter, they are my favourite Seasons, so cosy and homely, spending your evenings at home, by the fire, crocheting, knitting or sewing, the smell of home baking wafting through the house, planning Christmas, it is wonderful :)

Anyway, on with my post :) Remember in my last post I said I was going to crochet a Halloween Witch, to sit on our hearth, or somewhere in our sitting room come Halloween, well I did and I love her, may I introduce Winny, The Friendly Halloween Witch :)

I love her stripy stockings and blue hair :) As you can see, she is a friendly witch with a cute smiley face :)

And she loves the warmth, sitting by the fire….

or even on the fire..

Someone saw the above photo on FB, and asked why was she on the fire, lol, I can not imagine what he thought I was trying to convey by this photo, lol, but the truth is I just liked the fire as a background, made it more cosy looking :)


So that is Winny, and she has been put away until Halloween, when she will be making her re-appearance and sitting warming her backside by the fire again, lol :)

Now to the Witches Brew part of this post :) John and I went out and collected an absolute load of elderberries last week, and we have turned them into elderberry wine, which should be ready by Christmas :) I do not drink, so I will not be sampling this, but we have made it before, and everyone who tried it liked it, so we have made more. I may not drink, but for some strange reason I love to make wine, especially with things from the hedgerows :)

Here is the bag of elderberries (about 4lb) with Jack The Cat guarding them :)

And here is my other bag, which I was gradually filling up with the empty stalks as I picked the elderberries off

And to pick the elderberries off the stalks, you need a very high tech piece of equipment

A fork, lol :) I have found this is the best, and quickest way to de-stalk the elderberries, though saying that, it still took me 3 hours to de-stalk 4lb of them!

The recipe required 3lb, so the pound that was left over, I have frozen to use with other things, in the next piccie is the left over elderberries and the book from which we took the recipe from :)

Now that all had been de-stalked, it was time to crush them in the food processor, to release all those lovely juices…

and put the sugar syrup on to boil

once all the elderberries were crushed, we had to boil them up with water

isn’t the colour glorious!

let it cool, add the yeast and sugar syrup and leave it to ferment for a few days. After a few days, it was ready to strain

and to add more sugar syrup to it, then rack it, and leave it until it is all clear and lovely :)

On the day we racked our elderberry, we also bottled our Red Clover Wine, which will be ready to drink very soon…

I love the label we made :)

I have also crocheted 2 more Jack O Lanterns

and I have crocheted a baby blanket, in pink and cream stripes, with a deep picot edge, for our great niece who is due to be born early December, but I have not took photos of that yet, and I am also crocheting a little pink teddy bear for our great nice too :)

Of my Halloween crochet, I have now got some better photos of the things I have made, so I thought I would share them with you :)

I’ll be spending the rest of the day doing the washing, putting clean sheets on the bed, along with an extra crochet top blanket, as it is chilly on a night now, and crocheting the teddy bear :)

Thank you so much for reading my blog and leaving your wonderful comments which I love reading :)

Take care everyone

Bye for now :) :) :) :)



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