As jam requires a cup of sugar to a cup of fruit I won't be partaking but the CEO likes jam now and again and is keen on chutney. A tip from Glenys was that if you buy pineapples in January and February they aren't gassed. Interesting!
While we were waiting for the jam to boil Margaret sat beside me knitting 4 ply sock yarn on DPNs without looking at what she is doing....as she does :-) It never ceases to amaze me how she can do that but practice makes perfect as they say...well that's the theory!
In the end the jam was ready to bottle and we all bottled our own and then they were turned upside down to seal.
The workshop was preceded by our swap and I picked up a handpainted pot holder made by Shiralee from A Peaceful Homemaker who will be selling her wares at the Cabarlah Markets coming up on the 26th February. Cabarlah is not far from Toowoomba.
I also brought home a dishcloth knitted by Margaret and a tea wallet sewn by the multi talented Racheal from Birdsong Market Garden who is also the author of our Simple Living Toowoomba blog.
We did some brainstorming this morning to find out what those who attended were interested in learning from future workshops and ended up with an interesting list of topics for which we just have to find presenters to run them. If anyone reading this lives in the region and would like to come along this year then just email Margy via the Simple Living Toowoomba site and she will put you on the mailing list.
If anyone from out of town wants to make a day of it the Farmers Market will be held next door and you could pop in there before the festival starts. It is always worth attending.
Well, as our internet is cutting out every five minutes I had better publish this while it is working and I wish everyone a great weekend and hopefully some of us will get some rain as it is getting overcast at the moment.