Day 136 – Reflections on Lock-Down

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Today is was meant to be really hot weather and although it was warm, I wouldn’t say it was super sunny, so a bit disappointing.

I had a lazy morning, reading the newspaper and doing the sudoku.  This afternoon I got into a cleaning mood – cleared out and cleaned my fridge and then the bathroom!  Before I knew it, it was 5.30pm so Honey and I headed up to Arthur’s Seat for a walk. Initially planning a shortish walk – we ended up being out for nearly 4 hours!

When we arrived at Holyrood Park the cloud formation was pretty amazing!

I decided to head up the back of St. Anthony’s Chapel which was the main blog feature on Day 41.  I recalled the memory back then (beginning of May) of the amazing yellowness of the gorse to how it looks now and tried to do a compare and contrast photo from about the same place I took the photo on Day 41.

Then we headed to the top of the hill and I did my final day of the post-25 day push-up challenge!  I started to get bitten by midges whilst Honey helped herself to treats from her treat bag.  Which strangely she also did on the final day of the 25 Day Push-Up Challenge, 25 days ago!

I then sat down and enjoyed the silence and view.

My phone starting ringing, it was Danny!  Last week he had said he had a spare cycle helmet which I could have as part of my Birthday present.  I have been itching to go out cycling again!  I don’t know if I mentioned, but I signed up for the Just Eat Cycle scheme, which has a special offer at the moment, pay £10 and get use of the hire bike scheme for 4 months.  It’s part of Covid-19 to get people cycling rather than using the bus to go to work.

Danny said he could come to my flat right now and give me the helmet.  I explained I was half way up Arthur’s Seat and he said he would come and find me, arranging to meet him in 15 minutes at the signet pond (Honey’s favourite pond) at the back of Arthur’s Seat!

As I walked through the long grass, down the hill, towards the pond – I felt a spring in my step.  Was lovely to be outside walking!

Although Danny said he would be there in 15 minutes, he took 40 minutes.  The midges were out and I was getting bitten massively – in only shorts and t-shirt they were eating me alive!

But I got some great photos of the light on the lake and the signets – they’ve grown lots since I first saw them with Hannah on Day 88 (the 2nd day of my 25 Day Push-Up Challenge!).

Another compare and contrast 😉

Check out this stunning photo of the lake!

 

When Danny finally arrived, we started walking towards home and Danny said he would join us back to near my flat.

As we walked past The Mash Tun pub, Danny announced he hasn’t been in a pub since lock-down eased and whether I fancied a drink.  So we sat down at a table outside and Danny went to order.

When he came out I asked if he had done Track & Trace and completed a form.  They had not asked him.  Bizarre!  Of course, when Hannah, Honey and I went to the pub on Day 128 we weren’t allowed in until we scanned the Track & Trace QR Code.  But as this was Danny’s first time to a pub he didn’t expect it.  I felt quite uneasy about this, suddenly spotting a piece of paper on the table next to us with a QR Code, I read it and it was Track & Trace.  Why was there one not at our table and why had the bar staff not mentioned it to Danny?

So I scanned it and completed the online form.  We had our drinks served outside, but the bar staff did not do social distancing.  This was a pub that was not following all the procedures.  In fact I noticed that the tables and chairs outside were not 2 metres or even 1 metre apart from each other!

It just shows that some places are really thorough, like The Melting Pot yesterday (Day 135) but other places don’t seem to care.  This is why places like Aberdeen have now gone back into lock-down!

Danny then came back to my flat for a while before heading home.



Poetry / Art Corner

This is the final series of paintings 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 one she did last week!  It’s Acrylic rather than watercolour.  She says “It’s different using acrylics”.

 

Readers Corner

Nothing to share in here 🙁

 

It Made Me Smile

This evening at about 10.30pm I saw strange lights in the sky out my window!  I looked up on Twitter #Edinburgh – and there were various Tweets with videos of it, but no explanation.  I looked at some of of the comments

  • Aliens”
  • “Bat Signal” 
  • “Enjoy the Northern Lights”

Northern Lights? I may have never seen the northern lights, but this did not seem like northern lights.  Final it became clear, it was the dress rehearsal for the EIF Light show which is taking place on Saturday.  Brian shared this in Readers Corner on Day 134.

I got quite excited about it – and it made me smile.  Check out the wee video I made from my kitchen window!

 

 

 



Day 25 of the Post-25 Day Push-Up Challenge – FINAL DAY

Final Day – 50 days of 25 push-ups!

I started to get bitten my midges half way through, until the end!

Check out Honey helping herself to her wee treats which were in a bag behind me!  From 1:45 on the counter until the end – 11 push-ups!  She’s an opportunist 😉

 

 

 



? Music Corner ?

I think this seems to be a good new section to have, to replace those that are coming to an end!

But how shall we do it?  Please share your thoughts…

 



As I come to the end of this blog, it is super late!  This is one of the problems of going out in the evening without planning and is going to be a big challenge for me in the future to also write this blog.  If I had planned to go out, I could have written most of the blog before going out, but as it was not I didn’t start it until after 11pm.

Saying that, it has been a lovely evening with the long walk, meeting Danny and enjoying the weather, except for the midges 😉

Today it has been warm, relatively cloudy and not lots of sunshine, but still a pleasant day.

Since going to The Melting Pot yesterday (Day 135) and the very thorough cleaning, social distancing, mask wearing and all the rules and procedures – I have become more aware how most places don’t follow this at all.  In the last 24 hours, I am being more aware, wearing my face-covering more often even if it’s not actually needed, alcohol gel my hands more often and generally maintaining social distancing.  It just shows how many pubs, cafes, shops, etc…are very haphazard in keeping to all the rules and procedures.

I was quite shocked by The Mush Tun that we went to this evening.  As Danny had not been in a pub he didn’t know what to expect – whereas the experience of my first pub (Day 128) was very thorough and so it has set a kind of baseline on what to expect from every place.  I wonder, whether when I am faced with this again, will I just walk out of the pub and not have a drink?  I would like to think so.  It was only because Danny went into the pub that I didn’t really have the choice.

Please let me know your thoughts about the ‘Music Corner’.

Thanks for reading.

Lots of love.

Jim xx