Sunday, October 20
Heavy rain and thunder this morning. I had been thinking about walking to church today if it was fine, not just for the comfort of the service but to maybe hear news of the village. It’s about 2 miles away, which is nothing, but I would be soaked in this weather and I do not want to waste petrol. Martin is not keen for me to cycle there alone as he thinks we must careful now that people in towns are suffering.
Martin and Stephen didn’t finish clearing the flower beds but instead split and stacked more logs. We are consuming a huge amount of wood, so they are talking about tackling some of the dead trees on the edge of the field. Most timber can’t be burnt immediately, but the dead wood will burn readily without seasoning. However, I’m concerned for their safety as neither of them is trained to do this kind of work. This made me think about our ability to deal with injuries and I decided to check our supplies. We have disinfectant and TCP and one full tube of Savlon. I’m not sure how we’ll manage if anyone gets more than a minor scratch, so I spent some time ripping up a clean old sheet into bandages.
After that I decided to stew some of our fruit down into a glutinous paste and spread it out on trays. This is apparently called ‘fruit leather’ and I am hoping it will keep well. I sterilised a couple of large jars with boiling water and when the mix has dried out I will cut it into strips and store them in the jars. It won’t be very sweet, but I’m hoping it will add some variety to our diet and still give us some nutrients in the winter months. So far, we have all been in good health, but what shall we do if one of us becomes seriously ill or is injured? We have no way of knowing how the hospital is coping.