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Raspberry cordial

Makes just over 1 litre

Gooseberry and lemon verbena cordial

Makes about 1 litre

The Insider: Get bowled over by the sweet taste of summer

Strawberries are the perfect match for Wimbledon, and Brits certainly love to eat them: £375m-worth were sold in the UK last year. If you're heading to the supermarket to buy a punnet or two this weekend, you could find that you're faced with a choice of standard, premium and organic varieties, sometimes with very different price tags.

Natural inspiration: The best Christmas decorations are picked from the garden

"And here's one I made earlier," used to be a classic refrain on Blue Peter. Whenever a particularly messy and time-consuming project was under way, out came the well-worn phrase. It got the presenters very neatly from stage one straight to the finishing post, without any of the intermediate muddles and cursing that usually attend such things.

'I forgive my dad's killer'

After her father was murdered in the IRA bombing of Brighton's Grand Hotel in 1984, Jo Berry began a remarkable journey that has culminated in her working alongside the man sentenced for the attack

In The Red: A pound a day keeps the credit crunch at bay? Yeah, right

So. A teacher in Bristol has survived an entire year spending only a pound a day. And now she's written a book about it.

Blackcurrant sorbet

Makes about 1 litre

Record crop of GB rowers pulling for podium places

The GB rowing team has broken two records before the weekend's finals – there are more athletes, a total of 39, and more crews, 10, in Olympic finals than ever before.

Blackcurrant jelly

Serves 6

Blackberry crisp

Serves 4-6

Choose those wild plants carefully

Rising food prices may make foraging seem a cheap way to keep the fridge full.

A kind of Eton mess

Serves 4

Greedy gorgers force strawberry farmer to end pick-your-own offer

A family fruit farm has stopped allowing people to pick their own strawberries because customers were eating too many of the fruits without paying.

Leading article: Same old song

If most lay people were asked to describe the opera world, few would reach for the word "savage". But that is the description John Berry, the artistic director of the English National Opera, has chosen to describe the scene in the capital. Another is "conservative". And here many more people – including regular opera-goers – will concede that Mr Berry has half a point.

Stan Hey: Jockeys and trainers have work to do but the owners stand and suffer

You might think that the Grand National is about horses, jockeys and trainers and you'd be half-right, because they are the public manifestation of the great event. But they represent perhaps just 50 per cent of the entity,with the hidden part of theiceberg being the owners.

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