In the time of the virus: day 31

Another mostly good day – I’ve enjoyed making things and working on the allotment and garden, and it feels good to have something to show at the end of it.  Also we had several bits of better news about people and projects dear to us.  It’s noticeable how volatile moods can be these days – relatively small things can spark off big feelings.

Garden/allotment – I cut all the grass on my allotment, and I’m pleased with how neat it all looks.  I also planted out a few things, and it was good to see more fat spears of asparagus appearing.  Should be enough to cut at the weekend – not a feast, but enough for both of us to enjoy some.  And at long last I made a start on tidying the back garden, and making it more pleasant place just to be.  More of that tomorrow I hope.

Exercise/staying fit – cutting the allotment grass (with the push mower) had to count today; not enough time to add a walk in as well.


  • I’ve finished sewing the patchwork top for the picnic cloth, and tomorrow should be able to add the backing, and maybe finish it off (or at least get closer to finishing).
  • I’ve also begun (re)crocheting a cot blanket I made several years ago that I unravelled yesterday – I wasn’t happy with how it looked, and can see that with much more experience behind me I will be able to make a much better job of it this time around.  I love the colours – all donated yarn, and I picked out the colours to remind me of a visit to Dungeness.  You’ll see what I mean once it gets further along.

All the colours now joined together with ‘magic knots’ – my great new learning this month (look it up on the internet – lots of good instructions, simple to do)

House/home repairs, improvement – no.

Admin – a little.  Enough to feel I’m both staying on top of things and continuing to make progress into the backlog.  More to do tomorrow.

Kind deeds/something for others – we’re really noticing how much less money we’re spending these days.  Partly that’s because we already had quite a bit of food in stock and we’re mostly eating and drinking that; partly because whatever money we might have spent on entertainment or coffees out or trips is now not being spent.  Which means that we’re in the fortunate position of being able to help others less fortunate than ourselves, and also being able to donate to causes we care about.  We know as Farm trustees how important donations now are to the very survival of small charities – like many other charities, at a stroke the Farm lost all of the 1/3 of its income from self-generated activities: on-site donations, sales of goods and services, fund-raising activities such as our summer plant sales; but our overheads remain the same.  And I’m know that’s true for so many organisations.  I’m enjoying being able to help where and how we can, and I know that every penny is appreciated.

Stay sane! – I made the mistake of getting into a difficult conversation with an allotment neighbour about how well or otherwise the UK government is dealing with coronavirus.  Not good for either of us, and I should have known better.  I must try harder not to have these conversations – I don’t find them helpful, and I think neither did they.  On the plus side, yet again, yoga.  One thing I’m learning is the days when I find it difficult to find/make the time for it are usually the days when I most need it (and most benefit when I do somehow squeeze the energy to do it).

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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