Strawberry Syrup


Making use of the strawberries while I can. Hopefully I’ll get different varieties of berries soon (if I can keep the bugs at bay). In the meantime, at least I’m preserving a sense of berries for future guests. Hopefully I can gather enough for some jam soon.


  • Blend berries
  • Dissolve 1 cup of sugar with one cup of water
  • Bring to the boil and boil for a few minutes
  • Cool syrup
  • Stir in blended berries
  • Put through a sieve. Don’t force as liquid will be glunky
  • Pour into sterilised bottles
  • I’ve labelled mine and put into the fridge to be on the safe side


The Berry Bed – full of many varieties. Currently resting during Winter but hopefully will take off with a vengeance in warmer weather.

I’ve never grown berries before – other than a few strawberries – and I’m staggered at the varieties that exist. Years ago at a Bowral Market I was impressed when I saw Red Currant plants for sale and began to recognise the potential variety and appeal of different berries. I may have overdone it (a bit like the potatoes) but have an extensive varieties of berries (predominantly,but not exclusively) in a raised veggie/berry bed. So far these include:

  • Strawberries (I’m treating this as one berry, although I have quite a few different varieties)
  • Rasberry
  • Blackberry
  • Boysenberry
  • Loganberry
  • Youngberry
  • Tayberry
  • Blueberry
  • Currant – red, white and black
  • Elderberry

There may be more yet to come. Convent visitors and friends have been warned to expect sorbets, jams, jellies, drinks (wouldn’t some liquers be amazing), pies and desserts with a certain theme. I’ve also been warned that this bed will require serious netting as the birds will make it a favourite destination.