Delicate planning – the Christmas edition

Now we’re out of lockdown and formally into Tier 2, not a lot has changed, for us at any rate. We will still minimise our contact with others, especially indoors. We will continue to think carefully about any plans. We won’t be putting ourselves and others at avoidable risk. For the likes of us, the losses are a small price to pay to protect our own and others’ health.

We’ve started to plan who we’ll be seeing when over the holiday period. Quite a bit depends on others. As with any extended family, everyone has competing demands from different parts of their family network. Us probably less than most, as our parents are all dead now, and we have only one surviving older family member (who always comes first in our Christmas planning). So it mostly boils down to our children and their families. Some of them have had a particularly hard time of it this year, and our choice is to support them in putting the other side of their family first.

All of which adds up to a much quieter Christmas than usual, though we will still be seeing all of our immediate family. We will miss seeing our siblings and their families, but that will come and it’s far more important for us all to stay safe. We will without doubt enjoy the Christmas celebration we have, and look forward to other bigger celebrations in times to come. In the meantime, it looks like this year youngest son and his family will visit us for a few days, and we’ll especially enjoy having plenty of quality time with the little one.

And today, I’ve been to town and visited a couple of shops I’ve missed during lockdown. Doing my bit to support small local traders: heaven knows they need it now more than ever. I’ve stocked up on yarn from WoolBath, Laura’s lovely shop in the centre of Bath. This means I can now start on a couple more Christmas presents, plus a little something for dear friends a continent away who have just had twins. Plenty there to keep me happily occupied. I’ve also restocked my tea (from Gillards‘ stall in the Guildhall Market) without which knitting is of course impossible.

I love these little ‘parklets’ the council has installed in several places in the city centre – so much better than yet more parking spaces. This one was empty, but they do get used (especially for those takeaway coffees)

It’s beginning to feel quite wintery. I’ve taught myself to love winter as much as all the other seasons. Today I took the Christmas decorations out, and we’ll gradually put things up, a little each day. Lunch salads have moved into winter-mode: today it was red cabbage, carrot and celeriac, with some red cabbage sauerkraut I made back in January, some toasted seeds, dried fruit and cashews. All very quick to prepare and delicious to eat.

Something we’ve missed very much this year is being able to travel. My latest ploy is to read instead: currently cookery books around a country theme. At the moment it’s Denmark. I bought this book as a present for the two of us last Christmas, and it’s wonderfully evocative of a city we’ve come to love (and a country we’ve come to love). We have two other cookbooks by the same writer – all a good read, as well as having excellemt recipes (not least Malcolm’s cinnamon bun triumph).

I love how my knitting is matched with the table runner and mat – not deliberate, but I’m drawn to these colours in winter

And later this week, at long last, we’ll be able to catch up with granddaughter and hopefully kidnap her for a few hours – a pleasure for us and respite for her mum. I think her mum’s going to be mucking out the hens. I reckon d-i-l drew the short straw on that one.

I hope you’re getting through this as well as possible. See you soon I hope 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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4 Responses to Delicate planning – the Christmas edition

  1. Clare Lewis says:

     Dear Deborah

    I love reading your blog – as recommended by dear friend Kate Boult! – and of course I love Bath City Farm too (you may remember me). Not quite sure if this is the right way to contact you, as am not au fait with how blogs work…

    Where and when may I purchase some of your wonderful knitted dishcloths? If convenient you could leave them for me to pick up and pay at the farm office, or I’m very happy to walk to some other mutually convenient place in BA2?

    Delighted to hear you will soon be able to enjoy the company of your beloved little granddaughter!

    With thanks & every good wish,

    Clare Lewis (volunteer & donor) 97 Haycombe Drive.



    • Hello Clare, how lovely to hear from you and yes of course I remember you! How nice to learn that you’re enjoying reading my blog.


      • oops – hit the send button my mistake there! I’ve got a few of the dishcloths but not loads at the moment, as I’ve switched to knitting some family presents in the run-up to Christmas. I will check out with staff about leaving them at the office for you to drop by – although we’re open now, I’m not sure how things are with the shop etc but if that’s ok then not problem at all. If not I’ll think about what best to do – I’m sure we can sort something out! All good wishes, Deborah xx


    • Clare – sorry for delay in getting back to you. I’ve checked with Helen and she’s happy for me to pop the dishcloths I’ve got at the moment into the farm for you to have a look at and see if you want to buy this Wednesday, if that works for you? They’re £4 each, or 3 for £10. Let me know if that doesn’t work for you and we can see if there’s a different way. All good wishes, Deborah


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