Day 302 – Reflections on Lockdown

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Today I have spent the day on Discovery doing paid work.

I am certainly starting to feel more relaxed, now that I am not travelling daily across town to Leith.

In the past when I have tried to work on Discovery I have got super hot and then really sleepy, however, I have managed to keep the temperature at a steady 23 degrees centigrade all day, with the wood burner.

I am so happy that I have finally worked out how to use it 🙂

I woke up earlier than normal this morning, so Honey and I had a 30 minute leisurely walk along the canal, rather than the usual rushed 15 minutes!

Saying, that I lost track of time and nearly missed QiGong!

The canal was really reflected today – I am not sure if it is always like that, I just noticed it?  Or perhaps because it is finally not frozen it was looking different.  Whatever the reason, it was looking exceptionally stunning this morning 🙂

Today in the boating community, those who I saw, were talking about the boat that is up for sale.  It is not advertised (that I know of), instead appeared on our community boat whiteboard – the message just appeared last night.

So if you fancy buying a canal boat, let me know and I can give you the details.


This afternoon Honey and I walked up to the Brunstfield Links and across the Meadows, stumbling across an information plaque about Brunstfield Links, saying:

“Bruntsfield Links was part of the Burgh Muir, the moorland to the south of the city where for centuries sheep grazed, and people quarried building stone.  In the 17th century the Links became one of the world’s first golf courses.  Two of the four oldest golf clubs in the world – the Edinburgh Burgess Golfing Society and the Bruntsfield Links Golf Society – played here from the mid 18th century.


Things We No Longer Use

We started off with looking at Kilts (Day 300), yesterday we looked at Irons (Day 301).  Today we look at the Suit and Tie.

In fact in May 2020, the Telegraph published an article entitled “The death of the suit and tie?  How Covid-19 will change the way we dress.”.

I don’t subscribe to the Telegraph to read the full article, but it is here –

Did you used to wear a suit and tie in the good old days, prior to Covid and now don’t?

How has Covid-19 changed the way you dress?  Let me know and we can discuss more in this blog section.

Lockdown Restrictions Corner


Today Nicola Sturgeon announced that lockdown restrictions in Scotland will be extended until at least the middle of February, with most schools pupils continue to learn from home.  There is no surprise there!

Covid rates in Scotland are starting to decline but still too high to ease restrictions.

The restrictions have been in place since Boxing Day (Day 278), saying that she hopes that she can start a phased return to classrooms from the middle of February.

As I come to the end of this blog, I’m not long back from being outside to move my washing into the tumble drier and it was snowing!!  In fact, I’ve just glanced out the window and it is still snowing and now settling.  I’ve just checked the weather forecast and it is forecast to sleet and snow on and off over the next 48 hours!  Temperatures are also set to fall in coming days, below freezing.

I must admit it has been really warm for the last week, well I say that, about 5 degrees, but I think I am getting used to the cold.  It’s whether I can go outside along to the toilet without having to put a coat on or not, is my gauge.

On The Chris Evans Breakfast Show today, he was interviewing someone who referred to “the good old days before Covid” – a phase we usually hear when referring to things many years ago, that we won’t return too.  Is that the future has for us – the many years of freedom to do what we want, when we want – will soon become a distant memory in the ‘Good Old Days’?

Today it has been raining on and off all day, apart from this morning.

Hope you’ve had a Thrilling Tuesday!

Jim x

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