Day 238 – Reflections on Lockdown

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Today has been a pretty standard day, I didn’t even spot any lockdown posters, pictures, etc…so I guess they are all just becoming the norm!

Got up, took Honey for a walk, took morning photo for the blog, breakfast, morning QiGong, then headed to the flat, via Mo Beans Coffee Shop, then to my flat to do some paid work and some work on my flat.  Today, I was wood filling the skirting and wood, ready for sanding and then painting.

I must admit, after spending the weekend at the canal, I didn’t like being on Easter Road.  Full of traffic, lots of noise pollution, cars driving too fast and lots of people.  I guess, that is one of the reasons I have chosen to move away.  The very first few days of lockdown, I wrote how great there was no traffic and no noise pollution.  People were walking slowly.  On the canals people generally stroll, well apart from the constant runners and cyclists, but there is a sense of tranquillity beside the canal..a kind of stillness.

I still quite belief that this is now my home 🙂

We did manage to get a walk around the graveyard just before it got dark and then a walk back to Mo Beans Coffee Shop, where Honey was reunited with her friend Nuno, who insisted on climbing onto me!


Caption Competition – what is Nuno saying in the 2nd photo and what is Honey thinking ?? 😉

Face-Mask Corner

I am beginning to run out of people to ask for a photo for this section.

So please send in your photos.

Those of you who have already appeared in this section, I am sure you will have many more face-masks now!  If you can’t remember if your face-mask has appeared in this section, I can let you know.

I did have a photo of Max today, but then I realised he appeared in ‘Face-Mask Corner’ on Day 179, wearing the same face-mask that I was going to include today!

*** Poetry Corner *** 

IT’s BACK !!!! 


Fi has been in touch today to ask if I can bring back ‘Poetry Corner’.  I am happy to bring it back if folk want to submit favourite poems again, however, if no one sends me anything, this will be a ‘One of Special’ 🙂


For regular readers you will remember back on Day 86, I started ‘Poetry Corner’, mainly so I could share all the poems I wrote during my mental health nurse training, but some others shared their favourite poems and/or ones you had written.

The section then expanded on Day 115 to ‘Poetry / Art Corner’, where I shared all my life drawings at my one and only life drawing class!  This then followed with my sister, Anna, sharing her amazing collection of lockdown paintings inspired by The Paint Republic.

On Day 138 it evolved into ‘Creative / Gardening Corner’, which continued with Anna’s paintings.

It finally came to an end on Day 147.  Back then I wrote:

“This section seems to be coming to a natural end…

After 61 days, it feels like there is nothing more to include in here, so I propose to the ‘Blog Community’ (Brayshaw, MJ, 2020) that it ceases to exist.  If you have any objections to this, please let me know or go via the Blog Union Rep, Matt Brayshaw.”.

I didn’t get any objections, so it came to an end.

I had to put that second paragraph, as I had proposed to end ‘It Made Me Smile’ and there was a backlash from the ‘Blog Community’ (Brayshaw, MJ, 2020) that I feared to never propose the ending of a section without checking it with the ‘Blog Community’ (Brayshaw, MJ, 2020) first!

For newer readers who don’t quite understand why I always put – ‘Blog Community’ (Brayshaw, MJ, 2020) – it was at some point when I caught Matt Brayshaw, copying and pasting text claiming it to be his own words!  He was the first person to use the term ‘Blog Community’ so I always make sure he is referenced for it using Harvard Referencing 😉


So Fi was in touch today, saying:

“Can you resurrect poetry corner? My friend sent me this poem cos it reminded her of me (replace men with gender of choice) 😄“.

Here is a link to the poem –

And the poem below is by Robert W. Service.


The Men That Don’t Fit In 

There’s a race of men that don’t fit in,
    A race that can’t stay still;
So they break the hearts of kith and kin,
    And they roam the world at will.
They range the field and they rove the flood,
    And they climb the mountain’s crest;
Theirs is the curse of the gypsy blood,
    And they don’t know how to rest.
If they just went straight they might go far;
    They are strong and brave and true;
But they’re always tired of the things that are,
    And they want the strange and new.
They say: “Could I find my proper groove,
    What a deep mark I would make!”
So they chop and change, and each fresh move
    Is only a fresh mistake.
And each forgets, as he strips and runs
    With a brilliant, fitful pace,
It’s the steady, quiet, plodding ones
    Who win in the lifelong race.
And each forgets that his youth has fled,
    Forgets that his prime is past,
Till he stands one day, with a hope that’s dead,
    In the glare of the truth at last.
He has failed, he has failed; he has missed his chance;
    He has just done things by half.
Life’s been a jolly good joke on him,
    And now is the time to laugh.
Ha, ha! He is one of the Legion Lost;
    He was never meant to win;
He’s a rolling stone, and it’s bred in the bone;
    He’s a man who won’t fit in.


Wow!  What a great poem, thanks Fi 🙂 I can certainly relate to it!

I asked Fi, why she like it and she replied saying:

“It pretty much explains my life 😆 I must have gypsy blood 💃🔮“.

As I come to the end of this blog, it feels like I haven’t written much, in fact, Poetry Corner has taken up most of the blog!  It gave me a break from researching and writing ‘Lockdown Restrictions Corner’, but do not fear that will be back tomorrow  🙂 – any preference on what country I look at next?

A few days ago, I set up my Bluetooth Speaker and have been enjoying listening to Spotify Playlists that I have downloaded (in advance) on it.  Great to have some cool tunes filling Discovery.  It’s feeling more and more like home – and I am loving it 🙂

Honey was not so happy this evening, as I wouldn’t give her dinner in the flat, waiting until we got home (Discovery) which was near 8pm.  She’s used to getting her dinner these days when it gets dark, but then she is pestering me from 9pm to go to bed, as she gets her ‘bedtime snack’.  She is a Labrador, so it seems, all she is thinking about is food 😉

It’s interesting how, I am not noticing the many social distancing, alcohol gel, wear face-mask, etc…signs anymore.  It has become normal.  It is normal to see 60% of people in the street with a face-mask and most people inside wearing a face-mask.

There has been talk by Nicola Sturgeon today that tomorrow parts of Scotland will go into Level 4 (full lockdown) this week, so will see how that goes.

Today the weather has been quite warm, although the Edinburgh breeze has been about.  Saying that it was quite chilly doing QiGong outside today.  It was raining this evening.

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

Jim xx