Berry Jam

1kg Gooseberries
500g White currants

Sugar (see below)

250ml Water

1. Place gooseberries and white currants in preserving pan with the water and cook on a low heat for around 30 minutes until fruit is soft.
2. Leave to cool slightly then measure cooked mixture in ml. Whatever the ml is add the equivalent g of sugar. i.e. 250ml, add 250g sugar.
3. Place the sugar in the preserving pan with the fruit and simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved.
4. Bring to boil and boil and boil vigorously, stirring to ensure it is not sticking to the base of the pan until set, which is around 10-15 minutes.
5. Remove any scum that has formed with a large spoon.
6. Pour into warm sterilized jars and place lids on immediately.


Both gooseberries and white currants go pink when cooked.

See Jam making – tips for success, for testing for setting point.


Go Blackberry picking and get Cellulitus!

I kid you not! The following day after the blackberry picking event I noticed 3 small bites on my shin and ankle. Two days later my ankle had swollen and I mentioned it to the GP as I was there with my son. Started with steroid cream and antihistamine tablets. Thursday evening/Friday morning large rash on shin and ankle, visited the Doctors again and now on high strength antibiotics for 10 days! It is so ITCHY too!

Next time it’s long socks and jeans all the way.

Blackberry Picking Party! – Bitterns Field, Brent River Park

Some pics of tonight’s party with a difference! Many thanks to all of you that came along, around 10 of us picked around 10kg of blackberries so lots of yummy blackberry and apple jam to be made.

An Abundance of Blackberries!
A close up of those luscious blackberries
Wendy on the left, me in the middle and Caroline on the right
Our Sarah from WEN on the left and two of the volunteers
Having a natter with Wendy

Picking Party! Tuesday 17th August – Bitterns Field, Brent River Park W7

I went along today to have a look at the blackberries and could not believe my eyes, literally hundreds of bushes with ripe blackberries and a lot more still to come – I ran out of time as I had my young son with me today so could only pick a few tubs. We also found a damson tree overhanging the river so I managed to pick a couple of kg.

So with this in mind I am looking for volunteers to help me out to pick more for Abundance so we can make some lovely jam – anyone that volunteers gets a jar!

I drove today and the entrance nearest to the field at around 7.15pm on Tuesday 17th August. This is on Bridge Avenue where it meets Brookbank Avenue. From there it is a short walk around the field to the blackberry bushes.

Please let me know if you are interested in coming along. I will supply containers.