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Jam has been achieved!
Today has felt unproductive because I had the things I needed/wanted to do clear in my mind and then at 9 am G declared that he was bored and wanted to go out for the day. Of the three places he suggested, Corwen and a ride on the steam railway to Llangollen seemed most appealing, so I did a hasty review of my task list to sort out the essential things, washed, changed and rushed out to collect my tablets and the perfume I'd ordered from Boots. I also dashed round the Co-op and grabbed food for dinner so I wouldn't have to shop when we got back.

And then just as I got back home, it started to rain. Suddenly the prospect of going for a walk along the canal at Llangollen didn't look so appealing.

So we didn't go out after all and I don't seem to have got myself back into gear to do the things I meant to do before the day out was proposed. Well, I suppose I did do some photo-processing and I photographed the jam I made yesterday. But that didn't really take all day.

Anyway, here is the jam. There was enough fruit this year (2.75 lbs in total) to make seven jars of jostaberry jam. That's just about right because I'm the only jam eater in the house, so there's no point in making huge quantities.

I actually picked the berries a few weeks ago, just before we went to Exeter, but I didn't have time then to make jam so I just prepared the fruit and froze it for later.

Jostaberry jam

Current Mood: accomplished accomplished

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grey853 From: grey853 Date: August 18th, 2016 02:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Homemade jam is the best!! Yum.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 20th, 2016 01:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it really is nicer than the shop bought stuff. Unless you pay a lot for it, of course, but even then, it's satisfying to be able to think, "I made this."
From: kaishin108 Date: August 18th, 2016 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well at least you got your jam all made! That looks very Yummy! Nice dark berries, my favorite :-)

Plans changing like that can feel frustrating but it seems you did go with the flow a bit, congrats on that. The smoke in the air here is stopping me from doing a lot of what I want to do, oh well, it could be worse - the fires could be closer!

I hope you get some sunshine soon!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 20th, 2016 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
According to the forecast, we may get some sunshine next Tuesday. Today the weather is awful with high winds, heavy rain and flood warnings out for the coastal areas. :(
pdlloyd From: pdlloyd Date: August 19th, 2016 12:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds to me like you accomplished quite a bit, even if not what you'd first planned.

I've never had jostaberry jam. Or, jostaberry anything, if it comes to that. Growing up in the Southwestern US desert means there's not a whole lot of access to berries, aside from the standard raspberries and blackberries to be found at the grocery store. Oh, and strawberries, usually sour because they were picked before ripe.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 20th, 2016 01:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
We never get blackberries in the shops here. Well, you may get them in the posher supermarkets in big cities, but where I live you just have to go and pick your own when they're in season. But yes, berries are a northern, cold climate thing, so I suppose that is one of the perks of living somewhere that is mostly cold and wet. :)
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