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Re: Self Sufficient 2021

Posted: Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:34 pm
by ina
Flo wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 4:18 pm

Stats up here - so many cases in the nearest four or so miles that this whole village could be laid up with the virus. We're in a real virus hot spot. Not that there's anything to do with the weather being distinctly colder than cold. Even the dog walkers are doing very short walks.
Can you still book deliveries OK, or are they overrun again? As long as you have food, I suppose you don't need to go out... I'm back at work on Monday, and as things are at the moment, I'd rather stay home.

Re: Self Sufficient 2021

Posted: Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:40 pm
by Flo
No problems with food delivery. No problems with going out at present until the knee is trained. But it is boring. The real problem is that none of the village hall events have been able to start up again even when lock down rules are loosened. So there's no chat club for older folks, no craft club, no WI and no cheap film club. You sort of miss out on the odd couple of hours for a natter on a Thursday morning (chat club) or the chance to catch up on a film that you have missed for £3 or thereabouts (plus coffee at the break) on Friday evening. One has to have a bit of a break for doing things.

Re: Self Sufficient 2021

Posted: Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:42 pm
by ina
I sometimes wished I could go for a coffee, even with nobody to talk to, just to see something different! And they've closed the local library again...

Re: Self Sufficient 2021

Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 5:59 pm
by Flo
Exactly Ina. You can only be so self sufficientish. Even on the farm in my youth we had a 5% chance of outside "stuff" and something to do.

Re: Self Sufficient 2021

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:40 am
by Flo
Someone elsewhere on the internet said that being tidy (!!!!!!!!) and putting the same things together stopped you buying another one when you didn't need it.

That sounds a bit like one of those Marie Kondo tidying up ideas to me but I do see what the intention is.

Re: Self Sufficient 2021

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 12:02 pm
by Odsox
Flo wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 5:59 pm
Even on the farm in my youth
We were talking this morning about waterglass when I read the BBC news about an egg glut due to no hotel breakfasts. That's something I well remember as it was always my job to put my hand in a bucket of freezing cold water to get slimy eggs for Sunday breakfast.
Those were the days :lol:

Re: Self Sufficient 2021

Posted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 2:09 pm
by KathyLauren
We are getting a bit of cabin fever here. We go out once a week for essentials, and we are keeping the pantry well-stocked. I go to a weekly yoga class, but that could change at any time.

We are doing pretty well for covid cases here - none in our area, and only single digits daily for the whole province - but we are nervous about the new mutants. They are in the country, and it is only the strict travel restrictions that are keeping them out of Nova Scotia. If they come here and start to spread, we will likely cut back on grocery shopping, and the yoga class will be history.

I am trying to stay active walking the dog, but I am a bit incapacitated by surgery I had last year that didn't go well. I'll probably have to have more surgery to fix it, if they even allow it. I'll have to travel out of the province for that, from an area that is fairly covid-free to the hotspot of out-of-control spread. It's not looking good right now.

We will be growing berries this year. We did well with strawberries and black currants last year. We want to add a few more black currant bushes. Home-made black currant jam on toast is my Sunday morning treat!

We are not self-sufficient in veggies, but we buy locally, from a wonderful family-run organic farm down in the valley. We had a CSA subscription there for a couple of years, but we found that the quantities were too much for our small household. So now we just order what we need, and it is working well.

Re: Self Sufficient 2021

Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2021 11:57 am
by Flo
That's bad about the surgery KL - especially if you can't ever get it put right. In this village all social activity is history at present with no sign of let up. You can be as self sufficient as you like till you run out of human contact. We aren't trained to live in isolation.

Re: Self Sufficient 2021

Posted: Sat Feb 06, 2021 2:46 pm
by Flo
I think that the grandson's wedding has been put off again - was planned for May this year (moved on a year from 2020) but he's not hopeful. Think that he and the lady may make a fast visit to the nearest registry office and the party whenever things get better. Shame - obviously not going to get to party in the compound of a lighthouse on the north coast of Scotland. Was looking forward to that.

It doesn't look as if there is going to be any break out soon. I have an idle dream of taking my small camera out, getting on a bus and going round some of the small tourist villages to take pictures. I know some of them have changed in the intervening years. Pubs come and gone, houses sold and gardens changed, businesses moved.