Day 146 – Reflections on Lock-Down

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Today is Sunday and it has been my day of rest!  I haven’t done much today and didn’t venture beyond Easter Road and Kate’s Park.  After such a busy day yesterday, I was super tired today.

When I got home last night, I washed my clothes which smelt of bonfire and had a shower.  Yet the smell still lingered through my flat last night and all day today.  I was confused what was still smelling of smoke, until I realised Honey smelt of it 😉

Last week she rolled in fox poo twice, so I had to fully shampoo her twice, which she doesn’t like.  So I have decided to leave it for a few days and see if the smoke smell fades on her fur.  I guess she just needs to roll in something else 😉

When we were in Kate’s Park and then Dalmeny Street Park, there were two parties going on in each of the parks.  Its great to see this and I guess something that has been directly impact by Covid-19.  Folk would normally be in their house with friends, families, etc…or maybe in a back room in a pub or even hired a hall.  But we’ve been clearly told by the government, media, etc…that the virus spreads more easily inside, so I guess the next best answer is your local park.

Plus, if you are inside you are encouraged to wear face-coverings, which are so much more limiting.

I hope this continues even after the virus has gone – if it ever does?!

I am not a typical guy who is into sports.  I always get asked “what football team do you support?”, with an assumption, that I have to support a football team.  When I reply, that I don’t follow football, the next question is “what sport do you watch?”.  It feels like a kind of guy to guy conversation, which ends dead when I say I don’t follow any sport either.

Saying that, one thing that I do enjoy watching is the World Snooker Championships in the Crucible, Sheffield.

It is usually on in April/May, but due to lock-down it has been on the last 2.5 weeks.  This weekend was the final.  I only discovered it was on a few days ago, but I have been watching it since then.  The reason I got into snooker, was because my Dad used to watch it.  In 2004 me and him went to Sheffield to watch it live.  Back then it was sponsored by Embassy cigarettes, they would give our free 20 packs of Embassy cigarettes when you went in the door.  It was before the smoking ban inside.

From the TV I always thought the whole experience of the World Snooker Championships was quite a formal professional sport.  When in fact IRL, it is not!

In the Crucible waiting area, there are lots of pints being drunk and cigarettes being smoked (when it was sponsored by Embassy).  It is now sponsored by BetFred, when you go in the door, they give you a £5 free bet!

Was great spending some quality time with my Dad, watching it in 2004 IRL (In Real Life) and also exploring the local countryside a bit too.  The following year we had booked tickets again, but sadly Dad died in March, so we never went.  But instead a friend of the family, Dave came along.  Dave and I continued going every year for another 3 years.

This years snooker world championships was played with no audience.  But yesterday, there was socially distanced audience, which is because on Saturday England’s lock-down rules changed, allowing indoor events.  I was surprised that none of the audience were wearing face-coverings.

It’s kind of weird – that the new rules mean you can sit close together for hours on end without face-coverings?

I took some screenshots of this weekend’s snooker.

Ronnie O’Sullivan won his 6th World Snooker Championship

Creative / Gardening Corner

I thought this section was coming to an end, but Anna has submitted another painting!

This is another The Paint Republic.  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.

Anna says:

“A card I painted today. Another The Paint Republic one”.



Wow – what a great card to receive!  If you painted this today, I guess we are seeing it before the recipient 🙂


Readers Corner



Olivia left a comment on yesterday’s blog (Day 145), saying:

“Hi Jim

Your bike ride looked like fun!! Also the beach party too…:)
We are on a local lockdown here in County Kildare, Ireland, as the numbers have gone up here due to meat factories unfortunately! ! So looking forward to seeing the sea again in a few weeks hopefully ….! !

Take it easy, Olivia”.


Thanks, it was fun day.  Sorry to hear you are back in local lock-down.  Its probably only a matter of time before Edinburgh goes into lock-down again too.



My mum Penny, left a Facebook comment on yesterday’s blog (Day 145), saying:

“Your blog made me smile today”.


Thanks mum!  I gave her a phone to find out what specific part of the blog made her smile.  She said it was the many bicycles that I used, describing it as “It’s very you”.  Not sure what that means, but I guess it is a compliment 😉


It Made Me Smile

When on the phone to my mum (see above), she told me something she heard on the radio that made her smile:

“Sigmund Freud said he was glad that the railway was invented because it meant his son could travel away, which resulted in the telephone being invented”.

She said it made her smile, as it reminds us that everything happens for a reason.


How did you get on with the quiz on Day 142?  Now that Fi is back at work, she didn’t have time to look at the quiz.  But I got the answers, so here they are:


Music Corner

With nothing here to share today and still not explored how to use Spotify, I messaged Fi and asked her if she could share a playlist.

I wondered if it was her personal playlist, but then noticed it had 214,688 likes, so I think not?! 😉

It’s called ‘Women of Folk’, the description of the playlist is:

“Traverse the history of folk and roots music—from Americana icons to roots rock, singer-songwriter, and indie folk favorites. Cover: Aoife O’Donovan”.


Thanks for sharing Fi 🙂


As I come to today’s blog, I am still feeling tired after a day of doing very little!  Saying that, I have continued preparing my spare bedroom, that was my lock-down office for painting.  Sanding over the Polyfila holes and ensuring everything is smooth ready for painting.

The weather today has been cold and cloudy all day.  Although, I still went out in shorts, just because it is summer!

It has got dark really early today, it was fully dark before 10pm.  I wonder if the duller weather has affected my energy today.

Hope you have all had a good weekend.

Jim x