The jam did not set.
And it is my fault.
I do all the measuring and I always reduce the sugar a bit and then forget to reduce the water as well. Then, being the one who tests it and says when it is ready, and being impatient, and getting fed up of standing around (despite the fascinating conversation) tell Dave the jam is ready when it isn’t. So my name is mud, and we’ll be tossing the jam back into the pan for another attempt.
Sometimes jam does take a long time to set.
This happened two years ago (from my blog):
The jam took so long to reach setting point yesterday that we had a game of Scrabble on the kitchen table and watched an episode of American Office while we were stirring.
Meanwhile, back here in July 2012 it rains and it rains and it rains, and I am thinking of bringing my SAD light down from the attic.