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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'.

Ditching the plastic: cotton dishcloths

Good marks for us for always using reusable dishcloths, not ‘disposable’ one.  Bad marks for us that until recently all of them were made of synthetic microfibres, which we now realise release microscopic plastic fibres into the water every time … Continue reading

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Zero waste: so you think you don’t like turnips?

My friend gets a weekly veg box delivered, which includes whatever the farm has ready at the time.  She and her husband really don’t like turnips, which is how two lots of turnips found their way to me.  I tolerate … Continue reading

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2019 goals: half year stock take

My mum’s birthday is exactly half way through the year.  This year we marked it by visiting the bench we had placed in her memory, with flasks and home-made shortbreads.  It was a beautiful day, and the end of a … Continue reading

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A Further Adventure in Fermentation

And now for my latest Adventure in Fermentation.  This one courtesy of our friend Richard, who was kind enough to repay my gift of kefir grains with a gift of a kombucha scoby. If ‘kombucha‘ and ‘scoby‘ are new words … Continue reading

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2019 goals: reduce single use waste – small steps!

That’s all it takes: small steps from each of us, followed by another small step, and another, and yet another.  Before you know, you’re walking then running. BUT.  I have a real problem with books and articles and websites that … Continue reading

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Seven (good) things on Saturday

Well you know how it goes.  This was going to be a Five on Friday post, but here we are and it’s already Saturday.  But no worries, because there are easily six good things to write about.  And then I … Continue reading

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Allotment update – June 2019

My renewed efforts on the plot have started to pay off.  I’m learning to leave behind the things not done, and focus instead on the successes.  Making sure that I learn what I need to from the failures. This year … Continue reading

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