Editor’s Diary: Things To Do!

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In this week’s Editor’s Diary, life is slowly returning to normality after months of being at home, not able to do very much Or something like normality, anyway.

For instance — I have been to the hairdresser! Thank goodness! I last visited at the beginning of February. Both cut and colour were in urgent need of assistance.

One good thing to come of lockdown hair woes — I had no choice but to grow out my fringe. I never had the patience to do that before. I decided I quite liked the longer look, so that has stayed. The grey hairs I was less fond of! They have gone, and good riddance. I now look and feel like myself once more.

Being in the salon was very different from before. Stylists in face shields, Perspex screens between chairs, disposable plastic gowns and face masks to be worn.

Not to mention no magazines, no tea and biscuits . . . Still, it’s a start.

Laying in stores

Back home, a friend gave me a big bag of blackcurrants from her garden. Jam time!

I love making preserves. There is something so satisfying about seeing jars of jewel-coloured jam full of the taste of summer. And the kitchen always smells wonderful!

Things are in full swing in the countryside, too. It’s hay-making time, and the fields near my home have been cut, with the grass being turned regularly.

The baler was out yesterday afternoon, so the crop is now ready to be stored away for winter.

I used to love helping at hay-time when I was a teenager. I remember that feeling of being out in the heat of summer, the scent of the hay and the camaraderie of my fellow helpers. It was hard work, but lots of fun.

It’s also a reminder that we’re whizzing through summer! The time has flown by.

Incredibly, we’ve started work on the Christmas Special already . . .

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Angela Gilchrist

Angela is Former Editor-in-Chief of “The People’s Friend” magazine. Her passions include cats, Highland ponies, good books, vegetarian food and long walks in the Scottish countryside. Her favourite place to get away from it all is the magical Isle of Skye.