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'.

Reuse, repurpose, upcycle: call it what you will, just do it

So much of this going on around here right now.  Both of us have spurts of STO*ing, and the pile of stuff moving onwards and outwards continues to grow.   We now have a basket by the front door for … Continue reading

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6 (good) things on Saturday (November)

1 Baking – this week I baked the best bread I’ve ever baked.  I used my normal sourdough starter and all white flour, and followed zerowastechefs guidance on baking in a ‘Dutch oven’ (which I now know is what I … Continue reading

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Do what you can with what you (already) have

By the time you get to my stage in life (early 60s), with a life of largely good fortune and hard work behind me, I already have most of the things I could want.  I am  (well, we are) in … Continue reading

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Six good things (not) on Saturday (October 2019)

Well it would have been 5 on Friday, then moved to 6 on Saturday; 6 on Sunday.  And still I hadn’t finished writing.  I have now.  It may not alliterate but at least it’s finished.   Because heaven knows in … Continue reading

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What I did and didn’t do this summer (garden, allotment, kitchen update)

As ever, lots of good intentions, and the expectation of a quieter, simpler summer this year.  Wherever did that idea come from?  Life has been as busy as ever, and punctuated by three unseasonal cold/flu viruses.  All reasons (not excuses, … Continue reading

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Giving and receiving

At different times in our lives we both give and receive.  Sometimes one dominates.  This felt particularly true for us when our children were young adults starting to find their way in the world at the same time as our … Continue reading

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I don’t normally do overtly political stuff here, but these are desperate times.  We have an unelected Prime Minister, a ‘Government’ stuffed full of unprincipled people, and now Parliament has been suspended. Regardless of your views of Brexit, I hope … Continue reading

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