Day 107 – Reflections on Lock-Down

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Today it has felt like Friday!  This is because my new work structure is I work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 11am to 6.30pm, then take Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday off!  I still do Chi Gong on Thursday and Friday – so no lie in until Saturday.

I worked really hard today, from 11am until 7.15pm, with just a short break for lunch, I was trying to finish a piece of work before I finished.  Honey the Dog started pestering to go out for a walk from about 5pm onwards.

I didn’t quite manage to finish everything I was trying to do before the end of the day, but most, finding a good place to finish, which I can pick up on Monday.  I find doing self-employed work, that it is so much more satisfying to finish the week, when you have completed what you are trying to do.

When I finished, I had the ‘Friday feeling’, it was great.  I then threw on my running clothes and Honey and I ran round Arthur’s Seat (clockwise).  It’s quite a long climb from the Swan Pond (as it is known by the locals) along the road, but I managed to go the whole way round without stopping and at a good pace.  I took photos whilst I was running. It felt good – I am definitely getting fitter!

Once we got close the second Pond, which is where the signets are and it flattens off, we paused for a photo shoot.  Honey is good at posing for photos 😉

Then a more gradual run past the pond, before picking up the pace again to where I did my ‘25 Day Push-Up Challenge‘.

I hoped to keep the pace going the rest of the way home, but I was starting to lose it and slowed my pace for the final part.

Felt really good to do so much intense physical exercise at the end of the day – the end of my working week!


I don’t think I have anything to reflect upon today – I haven’t listened to The Chris Evans Breakfast Show recently (just roll out of bed), nor spoken to anyone.  Will need to do that to get some more material to reflect on in the blog!

It does certainly feel like everything is returning to ‘normal’ and that lock-down is over.

Cars are back to disrespecting pedestrians and driving dangerously.  I found that during lock-down car drivers were more courteous of pedestrians, driving slower and more respectfully.  I had hoped that this would continue after lock-down, but alas it has not.

I wonder, if life will return to how it was or whether at least some people will change their habits and ‘see’ each other more.  I do hope so.

Tomorrow, I am attending a Zoom Meeting about what we can learn from lock-down and make changes to Leith.  I am super excited about that.

I am also going to attempt to gloss the wood in my bathroom.  I have never done gloss painting before and am feeling a little reluctant, but will watch lots of YouTube videos first.

Fi’s Video Corner & Poetry Corner

As regular blog readers will know, usually on the day that Fi makes her weekly video for ‘Fi’s Video Corner‘, ‘Poetry Corner‘ takes a break.  But today, we are in for at treat, as Fi’s video is a poem!

After last week’s video on Day 100, I didn’t think Fi’s videos would get any better, but I think it has 🙂

The poem is ‘The Road Not Taken‘ by Robert Frost.  Recited by Fi with footage of the Isle of Canna.

Below is Fi’s Video and then below that are the words of the poem!

Thanks Fi this is lovely 🙂





The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


Jennie’s Mini-Blog Corner

Today Rebekka and I ate some churros in the park, watched Contagion, and also played a LOT of ukulele. Because I missed yesterday’s push ups, I did a whole FIFTY (50) PUSH UPS today. It was EXHAUSTING!! Rebekka just sat there watching me suffer, while she practiced the chords for a song we had been learning today… She is such a lazy bum, right? Or is she? 🤔



Readers Corner

Nothing in here today – do we have too many sections?


It Made Me Smile

Ivan sent me this photo that made me smile!




25 Day Push-Up Challenge

Day 21 I’m nearly finished!  I had just run a fast 5km round Arthur’s Seat so was super out of breath!




As I come to the end of today’s blog, I am feeling physically tired.  I am really enjoying working really hard Monday-Wednesday and then going for a hard run.  Then sleeping like a log.

Today on our work on Arthur’s Seat, for the first part we were mainly on the road, but as we got into the more countryside, Honey went a bit crazy running loads.  I wonder, as it was later in the evening there were more nighttime animals about that she could smell.  Since coming home she has slept most of the evening!

The weather today continues to be cloudy and relatively cold.  I don’t think it was raining and don’t remember any sunshine, just thick stormy looking clouds.

Hope your week has been going well.

Stay Safe

Jim xx

  1. Helen

    Wow, Fi’s poetry vid gave me goosebumps! And the photo of those pigeons made me smile I’m not sure if I agree with the sentiment, but what do pigeons know?? I guess pigeons have more statue expertise than me, or maybe statues of famous people are just a good for sitting on and crapping on as statues of infamous people?

    Do the pigeons in Glasgow still have gnarly, acid-deformed feet?

    There’s so many things about lockdown that I hope we’ll keep doing, but alas, I think we’ll end up falling back into our old habits. Maybe, every now and then, we’ll say to each other, “Remember in lockdown when we did X? Let’s do that again!”

    I think I’ll write down all my X things so I don’t forget:
    X = exercising outdoors
    X = meeting up with friends outdoors or online
    X = avoiding crowds and traffic
    X = stopping to notice the birds singing and the oatterns in the clouds
    X = …..