Monthly Archives: July 2015

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Jul 24

Exciting events in our area

By Monzie Estate | Blog

After settling into one of our cottages and enjoying the breathtaking views of the beautiful fields and lush, green rolling hills, head over to some lively summer events happening in the area that your family will love.

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Here are our top events happening soon…

-Take part in the festivities of the Comrie Fortnight, held annually on the last week in July through the first week in August. On 8 August, take part in an afternoon of fun events and watch the Comrie Pipe Band lead an elaborate float parade through the village.

-Rejuvenate your mind and body by attending a relaxation class at the local Strathearn Arts Space on Saturday morning, 1 August. Don’t forget a blanket, mat and cushions!

– Punch Brothers, Rhiannon Giddens, McCrary Sisters and The Fairfield Four take the stage at the Southern Fried Festival, Perth this year from 31 July to 2 August. Eat soul food whilst enjoying a jam-packed weekend of country, blues, and more.

-Try the bucking bronco, bring your pet to the pet show, or watch heavyweight athletes compete in the Aberfeldy Show from Friday 7 August until Saturday 8 August. There will be Piping competitions, a hill race, wrestling, a horticulture show, craft fair, and more.

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-On Sunday, 9 August, head to the exciting Perth Highland Games  for a true Scottish experience, cheering on the tug o war games, the pipe band and highland dancers. The family will enjoy rides, amusements and trade stands, with tickets for just £8 for adults, and £4 for children and senior citizens.

-The Crieff Highland Gathering is one of Scotland’s longest running games. Visit on 16 August for a memorable experience of a one-mile kilt race, local and national music, dancers and other exciting attractions.

-Experience live entertainment, arts and crafts and brilliant exhibitions at the Crieff Arts Festivaltaking place from 22 to 23 August. Thriller writer Helen Grant will join a range of authors and poets for a literary event happening at Strathearn Artspace on August 22, where doors will open at 10am.

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Jul 14

Elderflower Cordial

By Monzie Estate | Blog

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So last week on a warm, dry day just as the tiny buds were beginning to open, we gathered some sweetly-scented flowers from the nearby Elder tree.  Elderflower cordial is so simple to make and one of the most refreshing drinks of the summer – mix it with some soda water, or sparkling wine if you fancy

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2½ kg white sugar, either granulated or caster
2 unwaxed lemons
20 fresh elderflower heads, stalks trimmed
85g citric acid

Fill a bowl with cold water and give the flowers a gentle swish around to loosen any dirt or bugs.  

Put the sugar and 1.5 litres of water into a large saucepan. Gently dissolve the sugar. Pare off the zest from the lemons using a potato peeler, then slice the lemons into rounds.

Once the sugar has dissolved, bring the pan of syrup to the boil, then turn off the heat. Lift flowers out the cold water, gently shake and transfer to the syrup along with the lemons, zest and citric acid, then stir well. Cover the pan and leave to infuse overnight.

Strain the liquid and fill sterilised bottles.

The cordial is ready to drink straight away and will keep in the fridge for up to 6 weeks. Or freeze it in plastic containers or ice cube trays and defrost as needed.