Why I can't follow instructions I'll never know. I had a look on google to see where I went wrong with my marmalade and strangely enough its down to the fact that I didn't put the pith and pips into a muslin bag and in with the other ingredients that the marmalade didn't work. It's not that the recipe didn't tell me to do that, its just that I didn't have any muslin and I wasn't aware that that's where all the pectin is. Given that I am now fully clued up I shall be trying it again tomorrow and all going well I will have something to show for my effort. My breads are driving me crazy at the moment too. I can't wait to go on my bread making course in November and get some of my questions answered. I should write the questions down so I don't forget.
It finally looks like the weather is on the turn and thanks goodness for that. It all feels very odd to be considering sunblock in the middle of October. And as the man in the garage said - 'it should be snowing by the end of October' - I wouldn't be at all surprised!