Making yourself feel useful

How do you do it? Some people can turn their hands to all sorts of practical tasks to help in a crisis, and for the first time the word crisis is the correct word to use in the present situation. Perhaps a first time in recent years, makes Brexit seem almost inconsequential, even though it’s not.

I do it by banging on about stuff and trying to extract a smile. I wake up with ideas, go back to sleep and then forget what I thought of. I’ve been writing “Keep your distance posters” as if I’m employed by the Ministry of Information. I’ve been drawing cartoons as usual, with the same sort of theme, I’ll probably go on to the theme of staying at home. I’ve been gardening like fury, finding seeds and plants here and there and glaring at the pots challenging them all to germinate.

Our diet has changed, we’ve avoided supermarkets as much as possible and found other ways to get what we need. I’ve not seen a chicken for a while, but we have a ready supply of veg supplied in boxes from a farm shop. So I’m making myself useful here again by encouraging you to change your shopping habits, go local and find a farm shop. Our last supermarket order that was delivered was short of every basic that we had ordered and the veg we got came from Mexico and Morocco ( asparagus and brocolli ), For crying out loud, it must have been flown here. We ate it with a fair amount of guilt spooned over.The veg box from the farm shop? All the veg came from around here, and had not long left the field, tasted wonderful and their system of non contact worked a treat.

Local neighbours here have been busy arranging donations for the homeless, so they must feel pretty useful, and the young son of a good friend has been churning out parts for facemarks on his 3d printer to supply to the NHS. How brilliant is that?

This is what my friend’s son has been helping to make.
Find out more right here

“Keeping in touch with family and friends is important” says he who hands the phone to his wife when the kids are on and says “Best talk to your mother” On the other hand, my friends get the benefit of a long and rambling call when they probably had something much better to do in the garden or making something for the NHS.

Here’s a sample of my posters, and you can get almost any of these printed on a t-shirt or even a mug from right here. As well as the typographic designs there are cartoon versions. What’s more I’ve set a zero mark up on these in the hope that the people who print and produce them might get some work from it and stay in business. I have no wish to profit from them.

Having uploaded these to Red Bubble yesterday I took a look around at other Covid 19 stuff and there’s quite a bit. But what was immediately apparent to me is that the USA is still stuck in Imperial measures and one is asked to stand 6 feet away from anyone else to comply with social distancing. Strange, strange times.

Please share this as much as possible. Make yourself useful.

5 thoughts on “Making yourself feel useful

  1. Hoping this will reach you – a bit unorthodox as an email route, but…

    How to donate money:

    There are always gaps in the items Food Banks need, and cash donations are invaluable.

    Springbank Food Bank Fundraiser While you are there, take a look at Peter Jeffries’ fundraising haircut, which helped boost funds by about £1500 overnight 🙂

    Cheltenham Food Bank donations

    Cheltenham Open Door. Scroll down to the bottom to see the ways in which you can help financially.

    Sent from my iPhone

    1. I’ll look them up and organise something with Elisabeth.
      I’m happy to say that one of my t shirts sold on red bubble tonight, which is very encouraging.
      I make no money but the message gets out there, and the producers are getting the work in grim times.
      We have some bits and bobs to put in the food box and will drop them in sometime soon.
      Not much. If anyone want to ‘buy’ any of the originals from this series from on here, they can do so by making a donation to the Food Bank and I’ll arrange delivery of signed original drawing, framed if I can find one.

      1. Thank you! And I would love to buy one of your originals – what a wonderful idea! – but the difficulty will be choosing which one!!

      2. Firstly, apologies to you and all your readers Paul, as I didn’t anticipate my message about the food banks appearing here. I really do need to be more careful with technology 🙂 And did you say t-shirts?? t-shirts? … off to have a browse!

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