Day 133 – Reflections on Lock-Down

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Life seems to be returning more and more to “normal”.

Today I saw a plane for the first time, flying over on it’s way to land.  The planes head along the coast line before turning left and descending towards the airport.  I usually see them coming over every 30 minutes of so, but not since lock-down.  This evening on our bedtime walk I saw my first plane!

Today, I had a Zoom meeting about my job at the Quaker Meeting House.  I had worked there for about 13 months, on a zero hours contract, before lock-down came along.  Since then I have been on furlough leave, worked out in relation to my average monthly earnings over the last 12 months.  That is probably about 10-15 hours a month!

But, things are now moving a little bit forward in regards to it opening up again and provide rooms for hiring for events.  The Zoom meeting was to give us an update on how things were going, just checking in generally.

It made me realise that events are going to be very different in the future, to maintain social distancing and all areas continually cleaned to protect from the virus.

In the news over the last few days I have seen more and more mention of Drive-In Cinemas popping up in Scotland and the UK, for example – edfilmfest.org.uk/edinburghs-drive-movies  

Then various groups I am part of, have been talking about maybe continuing with meeting up on Zoom and then occasionally meeting in person.  It feels like the world is moving towards a mixture of real life and virtual interaction.  What I have heard is called ‘Hybrid’.

That’s something else I have been thinking about today, the language we use will change – ‘real life’, ‘virtual’, ‘offline’ or even ‘IRL’ (In Real Life) are all phrases I have heard.  In the future we are going to have to distinguish more and more whether we are meeting in person or online!

And of course the words ‘Zooming’, ‘Zooming’ ‘Zoom Bombing’ have already become common language that many of us use!

With schools, Universities and other education places soon to return to teaching in both online and in person capacities, I wonder how this is going to change our experiences, our interactions and our connections with each other?

I was hearing that although Edinburgh University students will have told most if not all of their learning wil be online, they are being encouraged to return to Edinburgh to ‘study’.

Will students have small gatherings in rooms, so they can attend the virtual lectures together or will they all be sitting in their individual rooms alone?  Will they be going to the University Library to study or just sitting in their rooms accessing everything online?

It will be interesting to see how the world and environments evolve as this new life pans out.  Will we ever return to regular in person meetings or is this ‘hybrid’ way of meeting going to continue forever?

What do you think?

Which do you prefer?



Poetry / Art Corner

Another painting from my sister, Anna.  She 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 is called ‘Poppies for VE Day’

 

Thanks for sharing Anna, this is great!



Readers Corner

 

Pat

Pat put a Facebook comment on yesterday’s blog (Day 132), he said:

“I Am like That Remember Nothing Till Someone Starts to Recall Stuff Then It Comes Flooding Back… Unless Am Losing Brain Usage As Am Getting Older 😉😉  Stay Safe and Stay Well My Friend…☘️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿☘️🏴󠁧“.

Thanks for the comment Pat!  As Helen said on Day 117 “If you don’t use it you lose it!”.

 

It Made Me Smile

Nothing in here today 🙁

 

 



Day 21 and 22 of the Post-25 Day Push-Up Challenge

We were back at ‘Helen’s Rock’ today for 50 push-ups!

 

 



As I come to the end of today’s blog, I am feeling tired.  Although, I’ve been quite energised most of today.  I woke up at 5am this morning, got up and glanced at the kitchen clock on the way to the bathroom, I thought it said 7am – it’s a clock with hands, so I just read it the wrong way round from the 6.  I was delighted when I looked at my clock when I climbed back into bed to realise I had an extra three hours sleep before I had to get up, rather than just one!

The weather has been cloudy, not that warm.

I am loving my new tidy kitchen AND my kettle working.  I don’t have any hot water, apart from the electric shower, so all my dishes are done from boiling water in the kettle.  Not having to wait until it boils to take the saucepan lid off the button, makes the whole experience so much more easy!

Hope you’ve had a good start to your week.

Jim xx