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Discussion in 'Personal' started by Marshall, Apr 6, 2020.
...watching your favourites films again.
What else to do during lockdown?
Reading. Except my concentration span doesn’t seem as good as usual.
I've cycled at least 5 miles a day on my bike
I'm trying out recipes I've never made before. Today I made baked custard. It was vile and I'm never going to make it again. Still, at least I now know I can't stand baked custard.
There are always the little jobs that I have been putting off for months, the ones I ought to do but really don’t enjoy doing, like repairing clothes, removing the paintings and dusting behind, sorting the filing cabinet. These are tiresome jobs that do not even give much of a sense of satisfaction when completed but take ages.
But honestly everything else really is going to have to fail before I get round to them. How long are we going to be in lockdown?
Splitting logs with wooden wedges and a mallet. I don't have a log fire but I have scrounged various lengths of felled wood over the last couple of years. Last year I learned how to use oak wedges to split felled tree trunks down their length to create planks for a historic reconstuction project. Applied on a smaller scale it's good exercise, and some of the shapes you end up with are worth working on with basic tools in a creative manner. Keeps me off the streets anyway.
The same technique could be applied to making firewood, if you needed to. A more healthy pursuit than simply attacking it with a chainsaw.
Lots of 'comfort' reading ... re-reading much loved childhood books. So far I've worked my way through 'The Railway Children', 'Black Beauty' and 'The Secret Garden'. Just started 'Heidi'.
Volunteering. I'm doing loads of transcribing and there are plenty of others at work. Village volunteer group has more volunteers than jobs to be done!
Absolutely! I've just re-read Heidi this weekend! I have a relatively new paperback from a charity shop, and my mum's copy of the picture book version from 1950, which is beautifully illustrated and how I see it in my head when I read the paperback. The two trite sequels (written by Charles Tritten) I can't face. I've re-read Narnia, too, and I'm going to re-read the Borrowers series next.
I finished making the second set of shelves for the shed, but haven't finished all the rearranging in said shed. No need to hurry. I need to reroof the shed too, but I need roofing material. Might be able to get it delivered by Toolstation.
Painting. But I do it every day anyway.
On behalf of the beneficiaries of all volunteers in this time of crisis.
Gardening - always takes my mind off everything else. Although we are presently affected nature carries on as normal. Indeed I seem to have noticed more of the subtleties of nature this year that I must have seen all of my life, but never really observed.
magic surf bus if you are splitting wood, the next stage is to create a pole lathe and start turning. good exercise as well.
Damn right - by coincidence I got chatting with a pole lathe specialist quite recently and was hoping to go on one of his courses, but will have to postpone it. At the moment I'm sufficing with a small axe and an antique spokeshave.
I did that job the other day on a pent roof shed. As I put the last screw in on the last batten I thought "finished". Then I thought "Oh ****" because the top layer of felt had needed glueing to the bottom layer before it was all secured. Fortunately I had a glue gun and a hand roller.
Just watched three episodes back to back of The Art Mysteries on BBC4 - splendid escapist stuff ... huge fan of Friends too though I can recite the dialogue !
Plumbing. This morning when I pressed the button it fell into the tank and blocked the mechanism. I turned off the water, removed the tank and rescued the button. Achieving a waterproof seal while reinstalling the tank was the expert bit but it presented no problems to a man of my sagacity. I simply opened the window and shouted 'Help!' I already knew that Juan Antonio was a hundred yards away working on the olives. He's a real plumber.
I LOVE the Borrowers !
Did not realise you were a bodger Border walker
Did you make your own vice to work on the wood?
I love watching such things ar shows.I wanted to do coracle making course once, but I couldn't get the wife to agree to be the first sailor in it!
We have watched 5 series of Episodes. We are now redecorating the back bedroom. It's all go!