Five good things – and a bonus sixth (and it’s Friday!)

My goodness where DID that time go?  Well, of course I know where it went.  It went in busy-ness and a lovely holiday (more of that to come), and a few crises (not mine, so not mine to share).  But here we are at now, and I’m glad to share these good things with you.  I hope they find you well and enjoying life, and if not, I hope they bring you a brief glimpse of some simple things that might give you some pleasure.

  1. Sunshine! – oh my goodness, doesn’t everything just feel better when the sun is shining.  I become like one of those cats that sits on a warm sunny window sill soaking up all that warmth.  The very best thing of all has been to sit out on the terrace outside the kitchen reading and enjoying views of the garden, which always manages to look at it’s very best in May. (Picture below clearly not my garden, I was too busy enjoying being there to remember to take a photo.  But I couldn’t resist this when I visited the farm earlier this week).

    Bath City Farm volunteers working hard to create the beautiful beds and displays

  2. Rain!   – the paradox of course is that we gardeners also want and crave rain, because without it our gardens will struggle to achieve their best.  Yet again, despite installing larger water butts in the garden, the water levels are low following a long dry spell, so I was delighted to see rain forecast this week.  Promised, but it didn’t come as forecast.  And then it did.  And I am so very pleased.

    Wet garden view from kitchen window

  3. A date day with my honey – yesterday we took most of a day out of everything.  We took ourselves out for lunch, we chatted about this and that (and the other), we went to an exhibition.  In truth the exhibition was for me really, I loved it and he patiently took it in and then retreated to one of the chairs to wait for me.  It really was as simple as that, and as lovely as that.  A timely reminder that we should do more of the same.  And we will.
  4. Garden and allotment – for reasons external and internal, I am yet again frustratingly behind with all things gardening.  But this time I have managed to take it in my stride, to accept that I will do what I can and not fret about what I haven’t managed to do.  And I have been touched by the generosity of someone who has produced an abundance of beautiful plants (mainly vegetables and herbs) and who gave me many of those I am missing.  The recent rain and free time this weekend will see them all planted and promising good things for the summer.  And of course there’s the Chelsea Flower Show coverage on the BBC each evening – an hour to ogle at the gardens (love them, hate them…), to learn more about plants and plant combinations, and to think that next year I should make the effort to get along to one of the big shows, something I’ve never done before.
  5. Exhibition – a small but delightful exhibition in the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath – A Celebration of Flowers – work by Kaffe Fassett and Candace Bahouth.  If something can be described as ‘a riot of colour’, this certainly is it.  The exhibition is on until 2 September, so if you live in or near Bath or are coming here and you love colour, do get along.  I’m fortunate to have a resident’s card that gives me free entrance, and I plan to dip in there all through the summer.  
  6. The NHS – for a variety of reasons, this week we have had reason to be grateful for and to the NHS.  And let’s remember especially the many people who work in and for it, including the many who have come here from overseas to work in the NHS.  We were received with warmth, kindness, reassurance, and effective treatment.  (And a reminder for those of you not in or from the UK – we paid not a penny at the time, and we have no worries about the cost of any future treatment (we have and do of course pay all the time through our taxes, of which we don’t begrudge a penny).

Finally, I’m continuing to struggle with space for new photos, which is in part why I haven’t been posting much recently.  I will try to get this fixed soon, and I’m hoping to be able to post more now anyway as I (hope!) have more time available.  (You’d be forgiven for saying – I’ve heard that one before!).  

Finally finally, I’ve noticed that recently many more people have started following my blog.  I’m delighted and also intrigued – if you’re one, do tell how you found me and why you’re following.  And – thank you!

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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5 Responses to Five good things – and a bonus sixth (and it’s Friday!)

  1. Marian says:

    It’s lovely to see a post from you, Deborah, and I’m glad to hear you’re doing well. I thought of you the other day and wondered if you were yet a grandmother (if I recall correctly, the baby is due sometime in May?). Your kitchen window view is lovely. From our kitchen window we can see a robin’s nest in a blue spruce, and yesterday my 13-year-old son and I spent quite some time peering through binoculars, getting a really close look at the two baby birds that had just hatched 🙂 .


    • Thank you! Not yet a grandmother, but should be sometime in the next few weeks.
      Isn’t it lovely to be able to watch birds and other wildlife from the house! And what a treat to be able to see baby birds – so unusual to actually see them.
      Hoping you’re well and enjoying the start of spring/summer, with the extra daylight that brings.


  2. Really glad you mentioned the NHS – definitely something to be grateful for! My dad is currently having treatment at the RUH and the staff there are so professional and caring (and, yes, a lot are from outside the UK). Also glad you enjoyed Kaffe Fassett and Candace Bahouth xxx


    • Sorry to hear about your dad, I hope he’s ok. But they are marvellous there aren’t they. We’ve recently both had reason to have treatment there, and have always been so well looked after. But at the same time, we know from friends who work there the level of pressure and stress they’re under.
      Particularly enjoyed Kaffe Fassett’s work – his joyous use of colour!


    • I hope your father is ok. It’s a difficult time when your parents are ill isn’t it.
      And now we have even more reason to be thankful for the NHS and all who work in it!


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