I kept an ear out for the young black bear that has been nosing around my parents' place - he surprised us (and us him) the day we arrived by coming around the garden right towards where we were sitting. Our dog wasn't too pleased about this stranger and promptly chased him away.
Then I set to making some jam out of the two buckets of berries.
I love to use Pomona's Pectin for jam making, it is very simple to use and you can use any amount of sweetener (or none at all).
Now we've got our supply of blackberry jam tucked away in the coldroom and there was enough to leave some with my parents too.
Delicious on oatcakes or scones.