Elin Karlsson i

MADE FOR LIFE - 2018

The jam in Bellfield

Everyone in Bellfield loved jam. The whole village went crazy for the stuff.  They would eat it with spoons, whole jar full's at a time. You hadn't had jam until the whole content was gone!

Some people ate jam with wooden spoons as large as a fist, that they crammed into their mouths, licking with greed from the handle as the jam ran down and spilled. Other people ate it gently with silver spoons the size of ring fingers, poking their spoon into the jam and delicately scooping it up, giving out a sigh of pleasure as they swallowed the jam and it settled into their bellies. The people of Bellfield were deeply connected to their jam and the jam was deeply connected to the people. They had a relationship which was whole and filled with desire, with passion.

 

The newspaper in Bellfield, the Bellfield Post, featured daily photos and interviews with cute looking jam jars. These short articles would always include what berries or fruit had been used in making the jam, ranging from raspberry, strawberry or plum. Mostly the jams had been made using only the one fruit or berry. But sometimes Bellfield Post would feature unique blends, such as gooseberries and kumquat or partially ripened grapes with guavas, catering for those with a more exotic taste in jams. In the photographs, the jars were wrapped in beautiful ribbons, adorned with labels and gingham cloth covered lids. Sometimes the lid would be removed and sort of leaning up agains the jar, tantalisingly revealing the jar content to the, at this point salivating, Bellfield Post reader.

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