In the time of the virus: day 87

Wet, wet wet.  That was today here.  But despite  (or maybe because of) the incessant rain I had another lovely walk back home from Kelston, marred only by the increased traffic on the main road.

On the way home I visited our local bookshop and enjoyed a chat with Harry the Bookseller and enjoyed buying a real, physical book.  Once we’ve finished with it here, I will pass it on to a chain of friends, which seems to me the very best thing to do with a book.  Girl, Woman, Other has been recommended by several friends, so I’m looking forward to it, but first I want to finish reading the Hilary Mantel trilogy and I’ve got a long way to go still.  In the meantime, the new book sits in quarantine in our hallway.

I also visited our local fish shop and bought some more of their fishcakes, which we both really enjoy and they’re great to have in the freezer for days when there’s a failure of imagination or stocks, or we just feel like eating fishcakes.

Shops reopening has made me think about what shopping I need/want to do, having barely bought anything that isn’t food for 4 months.  And as ever, where I want (and don’t want) to spend my money.  My money will go as much as is possible to local shops – especially those who have really gone out of their way to serve us through these difficult times.  My money will also be going to charity shops – my preference for most physical things will continue to be second hand not new where possible.  In addition my money will  only be going to shops where I feel safe: the virus hasn’t gone away nor is it about to do so, and it’s up to each of us to continue to keep ourselves and others as safe as we can.

Today I finished making the redcurrant jelly.  3lb of fruit made 6 small jars of jelly.  We use the jelly to glaze fruit tarts (notably Malcolm’s famed cherry tart), and sometimes in gravy, for example for roast lamb.  Those 6 jars will probably last ages, but when there’s more ripe fruit I’ll make another batch so I have enough to give some away.

Tomorrow’s weather forecast suggests there might be some dryer periods, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to get out to do some allotment jobs.  I’ve got a phone call arranged with a friend, and I’m hoping to visit a friend as well, so we’ll be banking on the weather being dry enough for us to be able to sit outside (there’s some paperwork we’ve agreed to have a look at).  If not we may have to postpone for a day or two.  And there are a few more face coverings I need to make.  So one way and another tomorrow will be another busy day.

I hope you have something to look forward to, even if it’s just a change from the rain.  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'.
This entry was posted in 2020 enough, Do what you can with what you have, In the time of the virus, Reflections on life (and death) and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to In the time of the virus: day 87

  1. Ooh, envious of your bookshop visit. I ordered that book online but am currently in the middle of a Shirley Jackson novel so it’s in the queue. Can recommend The Hate U Give which I think is classed as YA but will appeal to a wide age range (I’m very old and I loved it!). Have a good weekend. I’m seeing my boy tomorrow and can’t wait.


    • Yes, we’re lucky here to have 3 really excellent independent bookshops (plus a big Waterstones). They all offer something slightly different, so it’s great to be able to support all three of them. But the one I went to yesterday is closest to my heart – it’s in an ordinary local shopping street, nothing fancy about it at all. I’ve heard good things about The Hate U Give, I’ll look out for it when the library reopens.
      How wonderful to be seeing your boy again – have a great day!.


I love to read your comments. I don't expect everyone to agree with me, and I don't mind if you don't. However, I ask you to respect the 'circle time' rules made by my son's primary school teacher: make a comment, ask a question or say something nice. Thank you!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.