Author Archives: deborah @ the magic jug

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'.

Choose hope

Seen around and about in recent weeks.  In Bristol, Bath and Gloucester (not necessarily in that order).  Enjoy. ♥ ♥ Choose hope ♥♥♥

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2019 goals: use less water – April update

We received our latest water bill yesterday.  I was interested to see whether or not we had managed to achieve any reduction in how much we used. Well yes, we have.  Down from 23 cubic metres in the previous 6 … Continue reading

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Poetry and cities, in March

In these increasingly difficult times, sometimes poetry can bring us hope, or inspire us, or  express how we are feeling. We can go looking for it, but occasionally it just comes looking for us. Bristol – on the side of the … Continue reading

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Two shoes, one shoe

Once upon a time I needed to buy myself some new shoes (last autumn, to be precise).  My lymphoedema foot and leg no longer fitted into my existing shoes or boots.  I was advised to stick to sturdy lace-ups, and … Continue reading

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Planning backwards

For now at least, some of our weeks have settled down into a more regular pattern, with some anchor activities determining how other things fit in alongside and around them. In particular, our regular day for visiting our granddaughter (and … Continue reading

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Making the most of the (food) seasons

We’ve had allotments for well over 30 years, and eating our own produce is an ingrained part of our family life.   Alongside that, I’ve increasingly bought produce in season to enjoy at the time but also to preserve.  First … Continue reading

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Taking stock

It’s all too easy to stay on repeat and just grow the same things and make the same jams and preserves year after year.  But a minor mishap meant I needed to clear off the garage shelf where I keep … Continue reading

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