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A documentary series here to give you an idea of the Nirvana Jam production process from plant to jar. Nirvana is the family property I have responsibility for and jam and chutney making is how I deal with the surfeit of fruit that the restored garden now produces. The photo of me stirring (no comments please, I mean stirring the jam) was taken by my husband GarrathE but the rest are mine. The work had to be done mainly outdoors as it was far too hot to work indoors. Fruits shown in the various images are figs, pomegranates, strawberries & assorted chillies (for my Mermelada Volcanica).

This trip we chinked our way down to Portsmouth then Bilbao to Calpe carrying 144 new, empty jars and lids, plus a brand new set of preserving kit. We arrived to find both fig trees, both pomegranate trees, all the strawberry plants and all the chilli plants absolutely loaded with fruit. I did as much as I could, stuffed the freezer and as we left, invited the neighbours to help themselves.

On the way back, because our ferry from Bilbao was cancelled, we chinked our way from Calpe right up to Calais, then Dover to Shipley carrying 60 full, large jars of jam plus several sample jars. 1,140 miles and not a jar broken!!!

Thank you for looking and I hope you enjoy the series.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:various canon lenses
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:11 Sep 2012 - 7:36 AM
Focal Length:100mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:-1.0
ISO:160
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Jam, Plant to Jar.
Username:LynneJoyce LynneJoyce
Uploaded:4 Oct 2012 - 3:08 PM
Tags:Flowers & plants, Photo journalism
Votes:56
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digital_boi
4 Oct 2012 - 3:14 PM

Looks like a very good harvest and nothing wasted all preserved and documented nice work in more ways than one Lynne

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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debu  4 India
4 Oct 2012 - 3:14 PM

Superb set of images.
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4 Oct 2012 - 3:24 PM

looks nice great set of photos.GrinGrinGrinGrin

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 3:31 PM

An epic story of jams & preserves, plus an epic journey getting them home as well. I can almost smell the air as the fruit cooked on the stove.

Dougie

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4 Oct 2012 - 3:32 PM

I do like a jam roly poly Lynne or a Swiss Roll with the jam in it.Best if the wife could make it herself though as the ones she buys in the shops they must have put the jam on with a little paintbrush.I tried to unroll it once to layer more jam on it to suit my taste,but I ended up getting a sweeping brush to sweep the mess of the floor.Putting you own jam on it was harder than getting the toothpaste back into the tube I reckon.Not that I use toothpaste you understand as nowadays a little Steradent tablet in a glass with my teeth does the job.Perhaps that is why I have no teeth due to my love of jam Swiss rolls and roly poly's in the past.These teachers at school got it all wrong by telling me to stop smoking in the bike shed and stop taking a short cut through the girls gym hall on my way to the bike shed.They should have warned me of the dangers of my love of jam roly polys and Swiss rolls on my teeth.Just goes to show that a University education is not all that it is cracked up to be !!
Mick.

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achieverswales

Looks very mouth watering Lynne, I do not think you have made enough for us all on EPZ though, never mind a jar of each please.

Great set of what is an art that is disappearing with ready made everything.

Regards

Trev.

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 3:46 PM

where can we place orders? a tantalizing series!
Had no holidays this year, I would have loved to do just that!!

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64347 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 3:50 PM

How busy you are! It all sounds and looks so delicious. Smile

Talking about chillis, anyone heard from ChiliMan lately? I know he was off on a holiday for a week or so but he's not been around for ages. I sent him a message but it hasn't been opened.

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TrevBatWCC
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4 Oct 2012 - 3:55 PM

Sounds like you had quite an expedition, Lynne! Wink A fine and interesting set of images here - like how the jars are all perfectly lined up in V11 Wink
Trev Smile

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LynneJoyce
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4 Oct 2012 - 3:57 PM

Take a cyber jar with my compliments - your choice is Mermelada Volcanica (chilli & lemon , fiercely hot) Fig & Lemon, Seville Orange Marmalade or Strawberry & Lemon.

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4 Oct 2012 - 4:10 PM

You have certainly got your very own 'Cottage Industry' set up quite magnificently by the looks Lynne. We had a gluten of Rhubarb, so an assortment of rhubarb compotes, jams and chutneys were eagerly produced.

Regards Nathan

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4 Oct 2012 - 4:35 PM

Great series and lovely images.

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MoragM  4 Scotland
4 Oct 2012 - 4:39 PM

Thoroughly enjoyed following the storyline through this set Lynne -
particularly like 1, 4, 11.

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 4:44 PM

A very full documentation of the harvest and manufacturing process, Lynne: a very professional looking end product so full marks for both that and the photography.
Ronnie.

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EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 4:46 PM

Wonderful array and I bet delicious jam too!

Ann

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prabhusinha
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4 Oct 2012 - 4:50 PM

Mouth watering episode, aptly named Nirvana. Is that U in V6? The pipe should have removed in V8. You must be knowing that a Fig is a natures wonder for its healing /rejuvenating properties & aptly endorsed in Ayurveda .Thanks for sharing.

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LynneJoyce
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4 Oct 2012 - 4:56 PM

The pipe in V8 is our automatic watering system. It cost a fortune and I'm not removing it for anyone, not even in an image!!!

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4 Oct 2012 - 4:58 PM

Now come on Lynne, rather showing off there in V11!
that many...better come down again so I can try some more..pleaseGrin
A great series but what happened to the Portsmouth ones?
Hope to see those too
Glad it all turned out well in the end...strikers!!
Lillian

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4 Oct 2012 - 5:10 PM

Like the line up in V11 Lynne but an excellent set. One could say "the fruits of your labour."Wink
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HELANA e2 Member 4HELANA vcard United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 - 6:15 PM

Have you ever try tomatoe or pepper jum Lynee?, is "delicioso".Very well done and the story is lovely.
Elena.

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 6:20 PM

Fabulous. An epic tale from start to finish: what a wonderful process.
You have succeeded in making me want to eat jam - I don't, usually - with the thought of Mermelada Volcanica - and in coaxing another shady episode or three out of mikbee, trying to persuade us that his lack of teeth is due to Jam Action whereas we all believe that it was from his habit of chewing iron bars. Or was it irn bru?
Wink
Regards
Bill

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gwynn56
gwynn56  260 forum posts England
4 Oct 2012 - 6:37 PM

now theres a jam outside your house people placing orders of your fine produce Smile

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4 Oct 2012 - 6:38 PM

Yet again Lynne spot on you never let us down with your input well done indeed

Bob

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4 Oct 2012 - 6:43 PM

What a feel-good set, from the tantalising hints of V1 to the final product.
Your account of the journey back made me laugh. We take part in our French twin-town's Christmas Market, and the main product that we take over is home-made marmalade - they can't get enough of it.
I remember years ago the car that I was in was pulled over at Dover for a drugs search. After the sniffer dogs had done their bit the Customs Officer asked to see in the boot.
I still remember the look on his face.
Moira

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UrbaneMagick
4 Oct 2012 - 7:38 PM

nice series Lynne.

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4 Oct 2012 - 7:55 PM

Lovely set! I get to consume it with you! It is Nirvana!

As a footnote, it wasn't just jars of jam that chinked the 1,400 miles the strike forced us to drive home.

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4 Oct 2012 - 7:58 PM

FYI - Garrath is referring to the 51 bottles of gluten free beer we clinked back with as well as the jam. In Spain gluten free beer is about 60p per bottle whereas in ripoff Britain it is between £2.50 and £4.00 per bottle!

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Billyray  670 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
4 Oct 2012 - 8:30 PM

An excellent set Lynne, and nice to see the fruits of your labours. I love the shot (V11) of all the jars on the garden wall.
Ray

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4 Oct 2012 - 8:36 PM

Wonderful story of the jam production, told through marvellous images
which make us long for a life like that!
Truth is we're too busy taking photos to preserve anything!
I do like like V11.4
What a journey for those preserves.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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4 Oct 2012 - 10:01 PM

Fabulous set you have been busy with a good harvest

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4 Oct 2012 - 10:28 PM

Story board excellence. Delicious, Lynne.

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1881  2 India
5 Oct 2012 - 4:43 AM

EXCELLENT work.


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twelvemegs
5 Oct 2012 - 12:09 PM

A very interesting storey and set of images Lynne.
I do like v2 I think the light makes that a cracking shot.

Thanks again for the mods on “Tudor Mansion II”…….. I have sent you a reply.

David

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Tibetan  2 England
5 Oct 2012 - 1:12 PM

Blimey I have three fig tree's and I'm the only one that like them apart from the wasps! I do bottle them in Whiskey lol. and they can last all year, I did think of trying my hand at chutney which I like, not starting a factory like yours though lol. a nice set very interesting, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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5 Oct 2012 - 3:56 PM

An interesting and very well documented series, Lynne. I have to say you look somewhat wary in the careful, at arms reach manner you are stirring! Now I understand why you had to endure the Boulevard Peripherique!

Malc

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5 Oct 2012 - 4:37 PM

Brilliant Lynne - just brilliant! It is a perfect documentary of excellent images of tree to jar and on. Your set has arrived just in time as I'm right in the middle of trying to make some membrillo for the first time! But fabulous work here - and thanks for sharing the process.
Ann

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5 Oct 2012 - 7:11 PM

In a right jam!

PM me the recipe for Fig Jam as it sounds delicious.

Top work.

Rock

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5 Oct 2012 - 10:18 PM

What a wonderful illustrated story - you could almost make a book with the instructions and photos - I love v11 with them lined up on the wall SmileSmile
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6 Oct 2012 - 7:40 AM

A very interesting and varied set of images.

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unicorn17  6 Scotland
7 Oct 2012 - 8:29 AM

A fabulous set ! Well done . Visited Calpe about 3/4 years ago!

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7 Oct 2012 - 9:32 AM

A wonderful set Lynne, and V15 deserves a slot of its own, brilliant!

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7 Oct 2012 - 1:52 PM

Looks delicious a great set of images.

Thank you so very much for your award, I am honoured

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8 Oct 2012 - 9:23 AM

really interesting ... thankyou!
I have some frozen chillies waiting for you . When do you want me to pop them up ?

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canonfan  4 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2012 - 8:42 AM

A wonderful documentry series Lynne. Looks mouth watering and delicious. Might not help my diabetes though Grin Grin Grin Grin
Jim

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xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
12 Oct 2012 - 3:15 PM

That's more like it.. and it's what I'm looking forward to .. sorry for being late, messing about the losing file and club photos these days...
Excellent writing up..What are journey..Wonderful set of 'documentry'.. they are all beautifully taken. I especially love V3's warm colour.. beautiful and cosy. V7's colour is excellent as well. V8's light is great, with perfect border; V12's lay out is beutiful display; V15 what a fantastic job you've done. All of them are wonderfully done...
I think that Nirvana Jam Limited company needs a picture lable,Grin you are very good at turning photos into designs... use the origin fruits's photo sticks it on the jar, and tell people what you are eating is exactly from these fruits.. taken and made by you... put your little photo on it as well.. a very good and friendly PR.Wink

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Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
24 Oct 2012 - 5:46 AM

Lovely write up of you mediterranean adventure and a bumper crop over there by the looks of it!
The Fig jam looks scrumptious... In North London can only get it in a little Turkish shop. They get it delivered on Mondays, by Wednesday the shelf is empty...
In your lovely photos set today: V1 looks delicious (love fresh figs), V8 I loke the light on those chillies, V11 has a superb symmetry balance and V13 the ingredients lable (with amor) GrinGrinGrin - Excellent! IB

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wenzu78  2 Malta
24 Dec 2012 - 8:10 AM

Beautiful set here.


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