These are suggestions I've received, borrowed, or stolen, adding in a few of my own.
I won't be crediting authors for these. You are welcome to share them on any platform as long as you make it clear they were contributed by many different people. I add new ones regularly.
write a simple one-line text describing how you feel or what you are doing when the sun rises.
8. we may need new ways to memorialise – for friends who we are concerned about, or loved ones we lose. One way to remember is to use a paper wish.
30. for the hoarders, construct an indoor labyrinth using all the loo rolls and packets of pasta you have in the larder, the cupboard, and the garage, then get lost in it.
31. curate your own virtual museum, or have a look back through Tom Lubbocks's identify the painting archive, (no, we didn't get many of them either).
32. open a window. Listen. Map different sounds (on paper, you in the centre), where they come from. Filter, follow ... try at different times of day/night.
33. choose a creative podcast to listen to, my favourite is PennSounds discussions of a wide range of poems – I enjoy it for the conversation, moderated by the wonderful Al Filreis, as much as the poetry.
35. try to remember the names of all the characters you can in Hilary Mantel’s Cromwell trilogy – works just as well with Proust and Dickens
37. small gains: for the sound recordist this is a wonderful opportunity to spend some time in the country knowing there will be little or no aircraft and traffic noise
43. creative cooking: isn't it time to start planning that red deer cull and preparing some recipes for People's Venison?
44. remember what Maggie Kewick Jencks said:
45. try to be moss for a few hours; lie still like a patch of lichen; collapse, like a recumbent stone; become a radio station beaming out your own content
46. if you are stuck indoors with kids start them working on a manifesto for the new world order. These examples are from a manifesto the artist Ruth Ewan composed with in collaboration with students at The Meadows Primary School.
48. say to yourself: even without being on the mountain I can belong in the mountains.
49. when I was first ill often the only thing that I could read were haiku, because the lines were so short and the images so clear. One of the haiku poets I love is Shiki. He lived for many years with tuberculosis and wrote poems looking out of the window from his bed. Here are a few versions of Shiki. You can find more haiku here.
50. get yourself a walking stick and paint a poem on it:
this close, this far apart
51. there are many new online reading groups springing up; this is Robert Macfarlane, on Nan Shepherd.
52. if you are having a hard time concentrating on what you are reading, think of a friend who might appreciate it and see if they would like to listen. The projecting that goes on while trying to be heard through the phone has been helping me better hear things myself.
56. take a video walk to Mither Tap, on Bennachie. This is the first of ‘A Breath o’ Bennachie’ project which aims to bring the space and freedom of the hill to people staying at home during the Covid-19 crisis. The film is here. It was made by the Baillies of Bennachie.
57. some are inspired to begin gardening; there's lots of advice to hand, but this is one option, from Deveron Projects.
58. there are now lots of online reading groups; these are links and resources provided by Scottish Book Trust, including their Bookbug for kids.
59. Here are some of the gentles exercises, for those recuperating, composed by Rachel Smith.
Red buoy Icy creek
Muddy banks Grey sky
on the mudflats:
Still buoy Unrestricted view
Narrow path Secret retreat
Holy place Secret hide
Sea meets land
River meets sand
Sea meets sky
Sky meets land
Secret light Distant place
image: Pravdoliub Ivanov