Day 259 – Reflections on Lockdown

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It’s a short blog today as I want to get to bed at a reasonably early time!

After a weekend of sleepovers in the flat, Honey and I are now back on the boat!  I left early, 5pm to return to the boat, so I could have a nice relaxing evening here.  However, this did not happen.  Just as I was arriving at the canal, the Café Boat had been broken into and the alarm was very loud.  The thieves had run off leaving the door wide open, so Honey and I waited, guarding the boat, until the owners and the police arrived.

All in all, it took 90 minutes and by then my hands were numb and I was freezing!

The boat was 3 degrees, which was probably because I haven’t lit the fire all weekend.

Honey lay on the bed, so I put a blanket over her to keep her warm (blog cover photo).  Check out my Swedish cushions from Akva in the photo too 🙂

Then back into the routine of lighting the wood burner.  Emptying the ash out, getting coal from the shed, kindling and logs from the bow, laying it all and then making sure it is going well before I can relax.

I piled on the wood and coal and it is now a sauna, the temperature is in it’s 30s!!  Nice to be sitting in a nice warm boat again 🙂

Although the fire is nearly gone out, so I will put some coal in before going to bed and hopefully the temperature will be steady through the night.

When I got on the boat, I realised I didn’t have any food, but Fiona my neighbour saved the day, giving me Beef Bourguigon which she had just made.  So I cooked up some rice and settled down to a tasty dinner!  In the whole of my life, living in flats, no neighbour has even given me food, let alone dinner!!  That is what I love about boat life, everyone looking out for each other !!

It’s good to be home 🙂

Lockdown Restrictions Corner

With talk (once again) of Edinburgh maybey moving down from Level 3 to Level 2 this week, I decided to look at what that would allow us to do, because to be honest I have no idea!!

I found these really handy PDF Guides, for each of the levels, so we can compare the differences.  You can click on any of the images to see them full size.




So the changes from Level 3 to Level 2 are:

  • Cinemas, Amusement Arcades and Bingo Halls are open
  • Alcohol can be sold with a meal.  Indoors – last entry 7pm and close 8pm.  Outdoors – last entry 9.30pm and close 10.30pm.
  • Drive in Events are allowed.


That’s about it.  Not much changes, really.  I guess the main one is restaurants and pubs can open to sell alcohol with food, so I guess that means all the restaurants will be opening up again.  Pubs who don’t do food, will be bringing in food, ASAP!


What I find interesting that only in Level 0 are we allowed into each others homes.  And even in Level 0, nightclubs are shut!


As I come to the end of today’s blog, I am feeling happy that I back home on Discovery!!  Despite the flat feeling very luxurious, I am starting to get used to the smaller space of the boat.  So much space is wasted in a flat – why do we need such big rooms?  A boat is compact.  I have all the same rooms, but in a smaller space.  Mind you, if I was living on the boat with another person and Honey the Dog, it probably would be a lot tighter!

Today the weather has been a mixture of rain and no rain, so not as cold.  I am sure my boat was colder inside this evening than outside.

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

Jim x