Day 229 – Reflections on Lockdown

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This morning as I dossed in bed I heard a rumbling noise outside, realising it was a boat.  The first boat I have seen/heard going past !!  I was super excited, jumping out of bed to go and watch.  There were a few other walkers stopped to watch the boat go through the Leamington Lift Bridge!

I then got dressed and talk Honey for a walk along the towpath.

When we were heading back I saw another boat heading towards the lift bridge, not only that, Pierre (who appeared in Day 224 & Day 225) was driving it!!  He was heading to do a pump out.

He recognised me and said hello 🙂


This morning my neighbours, Helen and Fiona helped me put two tyres on the boat and tighten the ropes, it now feels very secure.  Helen then helped me put up my Ikea drop-leaf table, which I am now using to write this blog!!



My chair is quite small, so I am sitting on 2 cushions and pillow.  I will have to invest in a higher folding chair.

It’s right next to a window, so lots of light when working in the day.  It was hard writing this blog everyday sitting on the sofa, with the computer on my lap.


Saturday morning seems to be the day of activity and boat jobs in this wee boating community – its great 🙂


This afternoon, I headed to my flat, via the city centre.  Stopping to listen to some buskers.  Some guys playing various plastic tubs and Neil on the saxophone, who stopped to talk to me, telling me all about himself, his worries and woes of life.


I did some work on my flat before heading back to the boat and started my night time of chopping wood and lighting the fire routine 🙂

I think I’ve got the temperature right today, a lovely 27 C – which is just right.

Over the last two days I have been exploring the different lockdown restrictions across the UK.  Day 227 I looked at England, Day 228 it was Scotland and today it is Wales (

Wales has been on full lockdown until tomorrow (Day 230)

The key points for the full lockdown:

  • Stay at Home (in most circumstances).
  • Secondary school pupils above Year 8 have online learning only.
  • People cannot visit other households or meet people they do not live with.
  • Pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops are closed.
  • Leisure businesses, community centres, libraries, recycle centres are closed.
  • Places of worship are closed – except for funerals and weddings.
  • Adults living alone or single parents can join one other household for support from anywhere in Wales.
  • Supermarkets and food shops remain open – BUT cannot sell non-essential goods.
    But some items can be sold:

        • Food and drink
        • Kitchen foil, food bags, cling film
        • Basic products needed to prepare food
        • Cleaning materials to wash clothes
        • batteries, lightbulbs and fuel
        • Toiletries and cosmetic products
        • Toilet rolls and sanitary products
        • Pharmaceutical products
        • Baby products – including equipment, clothes and nappies
        • Newspaper and magazines
        • Stationary and greeting cards


After lockdown, these are the guidelines:

  • Two households can form a bubble and will be able to meet in their homes.
  • Up to 15 people can meet for organised activities indoors, rising to 30 people outdoors.
  • All businesses that were required to close during lockdown can reopen.
  • No travel restrictions within Wales, but people can only leave the country for essential purposes like work during the English lockdown.


Tomorrow I will be looking at Northern Ireland.


Face-Mask Corner

Today we have Hèloïse from France.  She bought her face-mask from Etsy.

Thanks Hèloïse, it looks very French 😉


Readers Corner

One comment today.



Pat posted a Facebook comment on yesterday’s blog (Day 228) in relation to my fire going out, saying:

“Keep A Box Of Fire Lighters Handy And Some Kindling Will Help To Relight Your Fire Easier… Stay Safe and Stay Well Mate….☘️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿☘️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿“.

Thanks for that Pat – great suggestion!  I have some handy bellows too, which can get the fire going again.

Its a hard balancing act, not letting the fire get too hot and not letting it go out.  By the end of this winter, I am sure I will be an expert at it 🙂



It Made Me Smile

Saw this that made me smile 🙂



As I come to the end of this blog, I am feeling good.  I am starting to really feel that I am part of a small community which looks out for each other – I am loving that.  When I headed to my flat, Helen took Honey for a walk.  About 7pm I got a text from my neighbour Fiona saying there were lots of firework bangs and was Honey with me as she would be scared.  It’s these little things, that I am loving.  Neighbours checking in on each other and asking how they are doing 🙂

This evening, Helen had her friend Janek visiting.  They were outside enjoying her new chimenea.  Janek has recently moved to Edinburgh, he is living in his van.  We had a chat about that and how this way of living has become really popular since lockdown / Covid.  He said the price of a van has doubled in the last few months.  Ultimately, people are discovering, as they no longer work in an office, they can live and work in a van instead.  This gives them mobility to live and work where they want.

As Janek said, if you have the internet you can now work where ever you want.  You don’t have to stay in a house or flat.  This is a massive impact that Covid and lockdown has had on us all.  I know at least three different people who have bought a van in the last few months to live in!

This morning, I woke up with the boat still being warm – the coal that I had put on last night was still burning (just) and had kept the boat warm all night.  I guess, if I am staying on the boat the next day, I can just add more coal 🙂

Today the weather has been dry, its definitely a lot colder in the last couple of days.

Hope you have had a Super Saturday.

Take Care!

Jim xx