They were all completely different, as you would expect, but shared the same passion for good food and preserves in particular. At the start of the day we discussed briefly what it was that gets us hooked into preserving, what is it that drives us on. The older ones of us had nostalgia woven into the mix but we looked on knowingly as Nicola, the youngest there today, talked of her ambitions and her eyes shone brighter and brighter. 'There's no hope for you - your hooked!' we all said but she wasn't protesting.
This is not a practical, making day, it's a day for paperwork and regulations and labeling laws and the like, and it is fair to say that my students were unaware of most of what they needed to know. They weren't daunted though and were busy scribbling notes in their course programme and asked intelligent questions, which is always helpful.