In the time of the virus: day 8

Normal service has been resumed (or what passes for normal these days).  I had a brilliant night’s sleep and woke up feeling well and refreshed.  After almost 3 days in my room, it was a real pleasure to sit and have my breakfast reading the paper in my usual chair, to do the washing up, to catch up with some household chores.  The mundane transformed into a treat.

Garden/allotment – despite having planned an allotment and garden day today, I changed the plan and went for a walk instead (for good reason).  Tomorrow is another day.

Exercise/staying fit – this morning I noticed that 3 days inactivity had resulted in my lymphoedema leg being swollen.  Nothing too dramatic, but it’s important to nip this kind of thing in the bud.  Hence switching days and having a walk today.  It wasn’t a long walk, probably only a couple of miles, but it was nice to get out and get moving (even if I did choose the only rainy cloudy and cold bit of the day).  I enjoyed seeing other people’s front gardens.  There is some stunning blossom around.  I even caught a glimpse of the Farm in the distance.

Those green fields in the middle distance are part of Bath City Farm

I planned to resume the yoga today as well.  I find that doing this just before sitting down for the evening for our evening meal makes for a nice relaxing evening.  However, today that got swapped for a trial run of an online choir, to keep an older family member company.  Yoga tomorrow, for sure!

Craft/making – I am loving this scrap crochet blanket.  Loving doing it and loving what the squares look like.  It’s also a very good way to play around with colour combinations and see which work for me and which don’t.

Blanket squares with Bridget Riley card

House/home repairs, improvements – nothing doing here today.  It will wait.


  • I finally got round to sorting out that pile of papers that I moved from the desk to the floor.  It is now several separate piles, and I plan to deal with all of the piles by the end of this week.  Slow progress, but more progress than before so that counts as a win.
  • I’m also keeping a close eye out for opportunities to help the farm survive this crisis – mostly that means funding streams, to help replace the money we normally raise ourselves from events, donations etc.  It’s going to be a tight run thing – much will depend on how long the crisis continues, and whether the government decides to give any assistance.  I hope they do – all the signs are that our services are going to be needed even more than ever in the world to come.

Kind deeds/something for others – in among the awfulness, I’ve seen so much kindness, thoughfulness, and generosity.

  • A friend who enjoys making art did an hour long video workshop for a work colleague’s children, showing them how to make a book about their house.  They enjoyed it, so now he’s planning to offer it to neighbours with children.
  • A friend who is home from her job (a physio) has volunteered to work in a local care home if they run short of staff.
  • In a short space of time, almost 2000 people in Bath and around volunteered to help others in our community, in an initiative largely developed by a tiny (but vital) local charity linking third sector organisations in Bath.
  • Many small local food businesses have reinvented themselves to be able to provide deliveries to people self-isolating, often charging nothing extra for the delivery service. Some have also raised money or donated food so that they can provide much-needed free food to those in need and to people working on the front line (NHS, care workers, emergency services etc).  There is a huge amount of goodwill to be seen.

Stay sane! – Malcolm and I have been meeting up for morning coffee and a treat every morning at 11am.  We take it in turns to make coffee for each other, and whoever is on coffee duty is responsible for providing the treat as well,  This might be as simple as a square or two of chocolate each or a biscuit.  Occasionally it will be a piece of cake.  The question is always “what’s in the treat box today?”

This may not be a looker, but it’s a chocolate truffle and tasted delicious

After that, we meet for lunch and our evening meal.  We may or may not do things together in between time, but meals together are a time to catch up and swap notes.

I hope you’re well.  I’d love to know how you’re coping with this strange interlude in all our lives.

See you tomorrow!

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 8

  1. Marian says:

    I’m so enjoying these posts, Deborah, and I’m glad you’re feeling better. Your crochet blanket is going to be so colourful and cheerful! I couldn’t quite make my mind up about how to do a knit blanket, so instead I cast on another pair of socks for my youngest son. I’ve also been spring cleaning, sewing, mending, and reading. (And quite determinedly keeping the radio off during the day; listening to the news in the evening is sufficient for me.) I didn’t comment on yesterday’s post, but I wanted to tell you how much I understood your need to limit phone calls and to ensure you had enough solitude. Talking definitely can be exhausting!


    • Thank you so much Marian. I’m enjoying writing them, and finding them helpful myself. Socks are always good! I’m not sure that anyone can reach Peak Sock (though my daughter-out-law hints otherwise haha). I’m with you on rationing the news. Though I had an exchange with a good friend who has had massive anxiety for years about impending climate chaos and I realised that oddly I feel less anxious about this crisis than that – it isn’t caused by malign individuals like terrorism, nor is it in essence caused by goverments being deaf to reality (though I have no doubt that many of the terrible effects and deaths are caused by failures of successive governments to take protective and precautious action). Take care of yourself! xxxx


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