Blackberry Jam

Thanks for all your lovely comments about my new make-up bag. Several of you suggested I use it as an evening clutch – you’re right too, but the idea honestly never entered my head! Perhaps I need to get out more!

I love this time of year, the mornings and evenings are feeling autumnal but the sun is shining. And that wonderful fresh, fresh air.

The boys and I have picked hundreds of blackberries again this year. They are fed up with it now, but I just cannot stop picking them!

Blackberry jam
















We made some blackberry and apple jam.

And because I love Joes’ handwriting so much I asked him to write the labels. All 6 of them.

 He said it was ‘hard work’ and would only write one a day for me!

Henry jam tarts















Then Henry wanted to do some baking before his friend came for tea.

So he made jam tarts with our homemade jam.

I loved that.

The gathering of the fruit with my boys, the cooking, the label writing, the baking and then the eating. Just lovely.

My boys take all this for granted of course. I asked Joe what jam he wanted on his toast this morning and he chose the shop bought raspberry…

All this gathering and preserving of food (that I have done for fun) has made me think about how difficult it must have been to really provide for your family. We lead very privileged lives don’t we?



7 Responses to “Blackberry Jam”

  1. Jenna Says:
    September 13th, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    Very sweet post:) I was making homemade pasta the other night and it became very clear to me why the Italians consider pasta a side/starter dish and not the main course. It was so much more work than buying a box, but also so much better.

  2. Ali Says:
    September 13th, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    I came to exactly the same conclusion the last time we made jam.

    And jam tarts are an essential pastry trimming pud in our household.

  3. Megan Says:
    September 13th, 2007 at 8:15 pm

    Privileged indeed. Gorgeous jam.

  4. ginny Says:
    September 13th, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    Hi Janet,
    I love your sons’ labels.
    Daddy makes the jam in our house and we all eat it! We especially love it mixed into natural yogurt, but inspired by you i will suggest to the girls that we make jam tarts this weekend with Daddy’s strawberry jam!
    lovely post and i also love your textiles.

  5. margie Says:
    September 15th, 2007 at 11:57 am

    i love those they are so wonderful what great memories happy days margie

  6. Miss Dot Says:
    September 15th, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    oh goodness yes, I think about that EVERYDAY but as long as we show gratitude for what we have then I think it is ok?

  7. VictoriaE Says:
    September 17th, 2007 at 6:17 am

    I like the label, very much.

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