In the time of the virus: day 80

Rain!! Real, wet rain.  At long long last.  I think this is the first proper rain we’ve had since March, and it’s so badly needed.

After a reasonably energetic morning (a few jobs jobbed; a nice walk to the river and back the long way), the energy levels slumped in the afternoon.  I ditched the plan to make some fresh pasta (another lockdown experiment – haven’t done this for many, many years), and instead took my Basket of Entertainments up to my room and had a delicious afternoon sitting reading, starting another baby surprise jacket (instead of the vest I started yesterday – long story), listening to R4, and enjoying the rainy view outside.

Nonetheless today I managed to

  • bake 4 loaves of bread
  • tackle some important admin
  • arrange to meet up with youngest son, d-i-l and granddaughter late next week (at last!!!!); reschedule meet up with oldest son and d-o-l for a less rainy day
  • begin to get the spare room, which has become a repository of homeless ‘stuff”, back into some kind of condition where people could actually enjoy staying there.
  • Next step along the road is to wash, paint, and make up the toddler bed frame I acquired on Freegle ready for when eventually granddaughter can come and stay with us.  We’ve been waiting a very long time for that to happen.  Preparing for it feels like one more step along the way.  I’ve never painted wooden furniture before, so if you’ve got a fail-safe simple ‘how to’ suggestion do please tell me about it.  I’m fancying a nice grey or greyish blue colour.  I think.

I thought you might enjoy this series we look out for each time we do our river walk (it’s on the Two Tunnels path).  Someone’s made a little garden.  And next to it a sign to the Tunnels.

Each time we walk past, we wonder what language it will be today.  I don’t know who made the garden or the sign, but I thank them every time I pass by.  A little bit of magic dust.

We’re all needing a sprinkle of magic dust right now.  I hope you have your fair share (or even more), and that you’re keeping well.  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 80

  1. Annella Logan says:

    Hello Deborah. You say you’re new to painting wooden furniture so I would recommend Annie Sloan’s Chalk paint. It’s very easy to use, you can mix colours, thin with water if needed and best of all there is no need to prepare the wood prior to painting. No nasty smells either!


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