Day 126 – Reflections on Lock-Down

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Today it has rained virtually all day!  More of that fine rain, rather than heavy.

I wasn’t going to go out for a long walk with Honey the Dog, with fear of getting wet, thinking Kate’s Park would be wise.  But then I remembered, the Audible book that I am listening too, Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression and the Unexpected Solutions, by Johann Hari, which I am loving.  So put on lots of layers and went for a walk on Arthur’s Seat listening to the book.

As we got to the crossroads of Easter Road and London Road, I spotted all these stickers on the pavement.

They looked similar to the social-distance stickers at the train station, that people could stand on to ensure they were 2 metres apart.  They couldn’t be for that, could they?  Some were more than 2 metres apart.  Then I looked closer – check out the blue ones which are at the train station:

Still confused, what they actually meant.  Were they to do with Covid-19?  There was no clear indication that they were.  Do not push the button at the traffic lights between certain times?  Was it to stop the beeping noise to say it was OK to cross the road?

When I got home I looked online.  There was nothing written about this on any online newspapers.  But I eventually found a Tweet by The Edinburgh Reporter posted on 23rd July (  Incidentally The Edinburgh Reporter has appeared in my blog on Day 27 and Day 28.

This is this photo that went with the Tweet:

Well that is a lot clearer than the stickers!  The lights are automated between those times, to save having to press the button and potentially spread the virus.

I’ve learnt how to press the button with my elbow!

I wonder when they were put down?  They weren’t there when we headed up that way to get the bus on Saturday (Day 124).

How many people are going to understand what those little stickers mean?

Despite it raining on our walk, I think, not quite sure as I was enjoying the book.  I was on the search for Stinging Nettles, to be able to cut them down to make string which I learnt how to do from Henry yesterday (Day 125).  I don’t remember ever seeing Stinging Nettles on our walks, just thistles!  But I eventually found some 🙂

I don’t remember ever feeling happy to see stinging nettles before!  They are always associated with uncomfortable memories, either being stung when walking through them or falling in them when I was at school in shorts !

We also bumped into Emma and Lockie (lockie is the dog!).  We used to see them everyday when I first got Honey and used to walk her about 6.30/7am!  So was good to catch-up and talk about lock-down.  Emma was talking about how she had not ventured that far and I mentioned the ‘geographical bubble’.

Poetry / Art Corner

Another painting from my sister, Anna, who discovered The Paint Republic during lock-down.  You can access free paint-as-you-go classes via their website or Facebook page.  Or you can join for £5 a month to access over 60 classes!  All online (virtual) rather than real world.

This one she sent as a Birthday Card!


Thanks Anna, I love it 🙂


Readers Corner



Olivia is someone I knew when I was at the University of Dundee, many years ago!

I messaged her back on the 3rd May, asking if I could include her Facebook comment that she made that day on Day 40.  This was the blog all about the word ‘quarantine’ meaning 40 days.  Back then she said “Very interesting read today!!”.

She didn’t reply, but messaged me today saying:

“Hey jimbo… sorry only reading this now find your blog v interesting read it when i get the chance.

I will comment again and if you to include fire away and use profile pic if want think its Spain my partner is Spanish.

Hope you are doing well, such strange times, seems a long long time since Dundee!!!! x”


Thanks Olivia, glad we finally got your comments in Readers Corner!  Glad you are enjoying the blog!


It Made Me Smile

This video made me smile!

This cat takes advantage of the Dean of Canterbury Cathedral being distracted whilst he is giving a live morning sermon!




Day 15 of the Post-25 Day Push-Up Challenge

Forgot to do them today – so tomorrow I’m due 100 push-ups 🙁


As I come to the end of today’s blog, I have been feeling pretty chilled out and relaxed all day.  My weekend away is still having an affect on me, it was just what I needed!

So much rain today, I am sure ‘Honey’s Pond’ (Hunters Bog) will be filling up again 🙂

A couple of things to let you know of things coming up.

(1) We are all getting very excited about a new BBC Alba documentary about living on the Isle of Canna.  This Thursday at 9pm.  Fi has a staring role!

I will post a link once it has been on for those who want to watch it on BBC iPlayer.


(2) Majk Stokes has another virtual gig this Friday at 8pm on Zoom.  Doors open at 7.30pm.  It will be finished at 9pm.  I think this Facebook Link will work for those who don’t follow his Fan Facebook Page –

If not let me know and I’ll give you the login details.  I will once again be the Virtual Doorman and Bouncer 🙂

Hope you’ve all had a good start to the week.

Jim x