July is fruit time in the garden and a busy time, as it has to be turned into jam. First come the strawberries, a very soft fruit that has to be used soon after picking. Next come the blackcurrants, and because they are a small fruit, they take time picking. Raspberries are larger and easy to handle. Then there are the troublesome gooseberries, as they have to be topped and tailed.

All the fruit has to be weighed. Most of it will give a good set without any bother, except the strawberries. We usually add some lemon juice to get a perfect set. There is no jam to compare with homemade jam that can be enjoyed all through winter. Some is sold for charity.