Five (good) things on Friday

I seem to have entered a new (and most welcome) phase of having more energy.  Maybe co-inciding with longer daylight hours.  Roll on the clocks changing later this month….  Here are this week’s Five:

  1.  Not applying to do a course.  Huh?  how does not applying get to be a ‘good thing’ I (don’t) hear you ask.  Well it’s like this.  I found out about a really interesting summer school at Copenhagen University, on Urbanisation and Health.  Two topics close to my heart, in a lovely and inspiring city – what’s not to like?  “Write about your motivation for applying for this course” said the instruction on the application form – up to 5000 words.  I put plenty of time thought and energy into drafting something, as well as spending time talking with others to help me refine my ideas.  Then I had a morning working on the allotment, and I realised that the course would be great, absolutely fascinating, and the place would be amazing – but not right for me this year.  Maybe I’ll look at it again next year, maybe not.  The important thing for me is that the time and effort I spent really reflecting on my motivation for applying was time and effort well spent, because it helped me see what I really want to spend my time on.  And this year, it’s just not this course.
  2. Asking for and getting.  I’m going to be a bit mysterious about this one, for now at least.  Suffice it to say that I had an idea about how someone quite well known could really help with a project but I put off getting in touch with them to ask if they’d be willing, being too nervous to do it.  Then for no reason at all this morning I asked myself a question I always find useful – “what’s the worst that could happen?”.  To which of course the answer was they could say no or just ignore me, in which case we’d be no worse off than if I hadn’t asked.  So I plucked up my courage and wrote that email and hit the send button.  10 seconds later – literally 10 seconds!’ – I had a yes! reply.  We’re meeting next week to discuss.
  3. Re-doing some watery stuff in the hens’ pen.  Last year I fixed up a new water butt in the hens’ pen, and Malcolm put up new guttering on their house to collect the rainwater more efficiently.  It worked fine, but after a while I realised that I should have raised the butt up much higher off the ground, to allow space to get a watering can under the tap.  I put it off and put it off because the butt was full and far too heavy to shift.  This week I figured it out – I decanted as much water as I could into other containers I had lying around, then moved the water butt, then rebuilt the support (from slabs and bricks I also had lying around), then managed to hoist the butt back into place.  Now I can collect water from the butt into a watering can, which will make it easier to keep the corn and squash plants well watered this summer.  Along the way, I also finally figured out how to use a galvanised water container for hens that someone mysteriously left on my plot many years ago.  Took me about a decade to figure it out.  Once I had, it took the hens about 10 minutes to figure out their part in the exercise.
  4. Running.  Again I only managed to get one run in this week, but it was a good one.  Just over 3 miles (so just another 10 miles or so to add…).  I loved it, and came back feeling exhilarated.  A feeling to bottle and relive.
  5. Planning some trips.  We’ve got some lovely trips coming up over the next few months, including a revisit to Rye, a London visit, and this year’s long walk – the Great Glen Way, in Scotland.  So exciting!

Oh my, that’s 5 things already.  Sorry no relevant pics, but instead here are a few slightly random ones, all taken this week.  Enjoy!

Poster at Bristol Temple Meads Station

Picton St wall art, Bristol

Rosa Parks Lane, St Pauls, Bristol. Celebrating resistance and a strong Black woman

If you provide safe, pleasant cycle and walking routes, people will use them (Two Tunnels path, Bath, this week)

About deborah @ the magic jug

Now I've passed 60 I'm still doing all sorts of things I haven't done before, as well as carrying on with the things I already love. I live a happy life with my long term love Malcolm. In my blog I explore local and low tech ideas, food, growing, making, reading, thinking, walking, and lots of other words ending in 'ing'.
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3 Responses to Five (good) things on Friday

  1. I really like the fact that you thought long and hard about doing something, and decided not to do it. All too often we feel we should do something, without being honest with ourselves about what we really want. Good luck with your VIP! I’m intrigued!


  2. Lucille says:

    Your second good thing made me smile. I once plucked up the courage to ask Maureen Lipman if she would like to write a children’s book. She said No! I also asked Rabbi Lionel Blue. He was very nice but he also eventually said No! Roger Mc Gough said yes so one out of three wasn’t bad.
    Have you been to Rye yet?


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