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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'.

Lockdown 3: how’s it going?

I hope you’re getting through it ok, and that you’ve stayed well. Well both physically and mentally I mean – both are important. I know so many people are really struggling with this lockdown. I think it’s the relentlessness of … Continue reading

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Food, glorious food! – hope for a different future

Last year I twice (virtually) encountered Carolyn Steel, a visionary thinker who envisions us solving many of our (self-created) problems with food. The first time I came across her was actually many years ago, when I read her book ‘Hungry … Continue reading

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Time and time again

I’ve written before about the importance of time as an essential, often unspoken, ingredient in food. There can be no better examples of this than when we make fermented foods or grow our own food. I spent much of today … Continue reading

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Lockdown 3 – reboot

Everything I read about how the coronacrisis is going confirms my belief that we’re in this for a lot longer than the PM would like to admit. My feeling is that this lockdown is going to take us through till … Continue reading

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2021: how to get through it?

Continuing to count my blessings. Last year I chose as my ‘theme’ word enough How very appropriate that turned out to be. I found I did indeed have enough of everything, and much more than many. I’ll get round to … Continue reading

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Hello 2021!

And a happy new year to you. Although I can barely bring myself to say that out loud. With things being as they are, and people’s situations being as they are, the best I can hope for is that we … Continue reading

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The in-between days

These days between Christmas and New Year have somehow always felt like bonus days, especially when we were still working but both managed to arrange to take holiday days on them. Christmas has always been a big family day; New … Continue reading

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Chanukah – festival of light (and hope)

The essence of chanukah is that the oil for the eternal light in the temple that was enough to last just a few days miraculously lasted for a full 8 days and nights until there was a fresh supply. It’s … Continue reading

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Shifting the (metaphorical) deckchairs….

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting more and more concerned about the likely impact Brexit will have on us here in the UK. Even if a deal is agreed, it will be such a ‘hard’ Brexit that it … Continue reading

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A (mostly) rainy day

On the whole I’m not a great fan of being out in the rain, though of course as a gardener I welcome it wholeheartedly. But at some level I’m still the schoolchild who always enjoyed ‘indoor play’, often more than … Continue reading

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