Coronavirus resourcefulness

This page seeks to gather your stories about increased resourcefulness or other behaviour changes induced by the Covid-19 crisis, and is promoted by TBI director and Drastic Plastic organiser Penny Hepburn.

Has lockdown made you or your community more resourceful?

Lockdown has created a reduced availability of certain items and many services.  In addition, it has curtailed our various face to face wellbeing, social and educational activities and for some, this has led to feeling a sense of isolation.  On the other hand, it’s also been a chance for resourceful creativity, new opportunities, innovation, readjustment, reassessment, new friendships and an enforced change of old habits.  All, of which, attribute to building a stronger resilience, both as individuals and collectively within our communities.

If you would like to share how through resourcefulness, you or your community have been able to overcome some of the issues arising from lockdown – then we’d love to hear about it.  From recipe and household substitutes, growing and DIY tips, neighbourhood lending, swapping, sharing, shopping, collecting and befriending schemes, using local resources, upcycling, entertainment through to health and alternative ways of keeping fit.  Send us a brief description and photo for inclusion in the newsletter and the TBI website to

Penny Hepburn

Penny has set the ball rolling with the story and picture below.  Please send us your lockdown story to add to this page.

Pancake frisbees

We were unable to source standard baking flour at the start of lockdown and so resorted to making Scotch pancakes with a mixture of garam, buckwheat and rye flour. Result: we were able to use the pancakes to play frisbee, as they were so solid!  Very filling but tasted great!

We’d not had much connection with our neighbours up until lockdown. Now we’re getting weekly fresh eggs from one and had several tractor bucketful’s of their topsoil, dropped over our garden fence, in order to fill our veg planting boxes. Another kind neighbour dropped off a load of assorted perennial plants, which she had potted up from her own beautiful garden. We were then able to plant up our very bare bank. Several other neighbours now lean over our roadside fence to have a ‘blether’ when they’re out for a walk. So suddenly, we seem very much part of a community.

We decided to support local businesses as much as possible and only resort to online distance shopping when absolutely necessary. We signed up to a fortnightly Black Isle Veg box and get a weekly grocery delivery from the Corner On The Square Deli in Beauly. As we were ‘shielding’ the Muir Hub organised volunteer deliveries of our prescriptions and the Health Shop in Inverness has regularly posted out various ‘hard to get’ items. We’ve also had deliveries from Lets Go Lentil, of plastic free packaged items and from Highland Liliums and both Simpsons and Munro’s Garden Centres. What’s been really great is that even though our orders are submitted online – they’re invariably followed up by a friendly phone call from the stores, to discuss options etc. (and of course, a bit of a ‘blether’) So, despite being unable to visit the shops – it feels like a personal community service.

Top Tip or rather Toe Tip – DIY Athlete’s Foot home remedy treatment: Slices of garlic between the toes. It really works, despite the awful smell that lingered in the socks for weeks afterwards, even after numerous washes!

Penny and Jimmie Hepburn.





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