In the time of the virus: day 4

A day of ups and downs.  Which will become clear as you read on.

Garden/allotment – very little done here, just a quick strim of the allotment edges until the battery ran out,  Today was a Long Walk day.

Exercise/staying fit – A lovely walk right the way over to the other side of Bath, about a 6 mile round trip (so not that long a walk).  It was glorious – blue sky, lovely blossom and magnolias to enjoy, spring bulbs in people’s gardens, and no traffic (well, hardly any).   I was looking out for things I might not normally notice, and sure enough I spotted some.  Normally I walk this far every day, but with the current restrictions it’s hard to manage to do that, so I’m alternating walking and allotmenting.  Seems to be working just fine for me so far.

Camden Crescent (ignore the scaffolding)

A ‘ghost sign’ I’ve never seen before (Gay Street)

Today was going pretty well until I read about the Chancellor’s announcement about help for self-employed people.  We were optimistic that this would help our son, who works in the events and entertainment business.  Sadly it seems no help at all for him, as he only became self-employed again at the start of this year.  All his work was cancelled at the start of this month.  He has paperwork and proof that he was self-employed at the time, and can demonstrate the contracts he had that have now vanished.  We’ll have to see if there’s any other approach that will work for him.

Time for my yoga session – hopefully that will help calm me down. (It did)

Craft/making – as planned, I finished a project yesterday evening.  A zigzag scarf destined to be sold for the farm.  Not sure what’s next but probably more of the same.

(ends still to be sewn in)

House/home repairs, improvement – none of this; too busy today.  There will be days when the weather isn’t so wonderful, or I feel like I want to be in, and today wasn’t one of them.

Admin – none of that either.  Hopefully tomorrow – somehow today has just felt busy.

Kind deeds/something for others – carers have long been neglected by our government as low skilled, low paid and low status.  Well they’re certainly the last two, but definitely not the first.  Read this Guardian article and ask yourself who is worth more to society – people like this, or the owners of eg Travelodge hotels who yesterday evicted homeless people (including families and people with disabilities) so they could close down.  Is this not the most awesome kind deed?  I can only begin to imagine how hard it must be for each of these people to make this decision, and yet they have.  Similarly, every single NHS health worker.  We owe them so much.  I just hope we can find a way to repay them and value them properly when we come through this (hint: paying them properly, treating them well at work, and recognising their social worth would all be good places to start). In the meantime, tonight at 8pm there is a scheduled national ‘clap for NHS workers and carers’ to show how much we appreciate all they’re doing (that’s everyone working for the NHS and other similar services, the carers, all the people we’re now relying on).  I plan to join in. (We did – it was a wonderful moment of solidarity and thanks.  Looked and sounded as though every household on our street was out there, clapping).  My own small (tiny) gesture was to take some of my surplus eggs on that walk of mine and deliver them to a nurse and her family.

Stay sane! – well, here I am; another day done, and some good things to show for it.  Ups and downs, but in the big scheme of things the downs are small compared to what so many others are going through.

I hope your day was ok and if not, that tomorrow will be better.

Don’t forget that at 7pm tomorrow you can join us to watch Peter and the Wolf from Royal Opera House London – you’re guaranteed the best seats in the house!  Bring your own interval drinks and food.  Dress appropriately.

See you tomorrow xx

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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2 Responses to In the time of the virus: day 4

  1. Marian says:

    Hi Deborah,
    I know this is two posts back already, but I have to tell you I got a laugh from the sign that reads “Asylum for Teaching Young Females Household Work”—many thanks for that 🙂 .

    Your zigzag scarf is beautiful, and the scrap crochet blanket that you talk about in your next post might just inspire me to begin a knit blanket using scraps and stash yarn. I’ve been thinking of doing that for a while and now seems like a good time to begin a large project.

    Also: Dedicate was the first 30-day series I did with Adriene, and I really enjoyed it. I got most of the way through her latest series (Home) but found that one more hit-and-miss. (Some days were too slow for my liking.) Funnily enough, my daughter is also now doing yoga with Adriene.

    I do hope you’re feeling better today.
    Take care,
    xo Marian


    • I’m feeling fine so far today, thanks. Seems to be a very minor thing that comes and goes, and I’m pretty confident isn’t THE virus.
      Yes – that sign is a reminder of how things have changed! I’d seen photos of it before, but never knew where it was. I was out walking and glimpsed it through a gap between two buildings.
      The first 30 programme I worked through was her introduction to yoga, and I enjoyed that one too. What I find slightly more difficult is knowing what to do outside of a programme, so I’m thinking that after this 30 days I’ll join her monthly calendar programmes.
      Hope you and yours are all ok. Best, Deborah xxxx


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