Day 316 – Reflections on Lockdown

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Today has been one of those days when you don’t go outside!

It’s been raining and/or sleeting all day and continues to do so.

The forecast of heavy snow all day, has shifted to sleet and cold rain – not so exciting as thick fluffy snowflakes falling from the sky all day 😉

But of course, I had to go out, to walk Honey the Dog and go to the toilet and have a shower.

I resorted to running to the Facilities Block and back a number of times!!

Our afternoon walk was just a short one, 30 minutes long, up to Harrison Park and back.  But Honey doesn’t seem too bothered, sleeping on the bed.

Since late afternoon it’s been quite windy, with Discovery moving around with lots of creaking!  Its an unfamiliar feeling being moved around, so it can’t have been windy for some time.

I remember back in the first few days moving in when it was super windy and the horrendous night of Discovery being banged against the shore every so often (Day 225).  Wow, just noticed that it’s nearly 100 days since I moved in – Day 224 was my first official night on Discovery, that’s a week tomorrow 🙂

Apart from my morning walk with Honey, my afternoon walk with Honey and trips to the Facilities Block I haven’t been outside today, just living on the boat and doing some work.  Another day by the canal 🙂


Things We No Longer Use / Do

So far we have looked at –  Kilts (Day 300), Irons (Day 301), Suit and Tie (Day 302), Passports (Day 303), Massive Travel Delays (Day 304), Clothes (Day 305) High Heels (Day 311), Taxis (Day 312), A Random Snog in a Nightclub (Day 313), Karaoke Clubs (Day 314) and Cash (Day 315).

Yesterday Brian got in touch with me, with a suggestion – Handshake.

He included a video in which Bruce MacGregor went to shake hands on BBC TV – see below:


Brian said:

“This was after the guy on the left won the Young Trad award. Handshakes!

When did you last shake someone’s hand??”.


I think I last shook someone’s hand back in March 2020, when I was performing at a gig in Selkirk.  I had wowed an audience member and he went to shake my hand as a sign of appreciation and I automatically shook his hand back.

When did you last shake someone’s hand?

I’ve done a bit of internet research:

      • The Coronavirus Killed the Handshake and the Hug.  What will replace them?

Published May 2020


      • Handshake is dead – Covid-19 is killing of good manners, but here’s what can be done about it

Published September 2020


There are loads of articles on how Covid is affecting handshaking, but all in the earlier part of 2020.  The latest article I could find is the one above published in September 2020.

They generally all say the same, even post social distancing restrictions greeting each other or thanking them is going to change – maybe the handshake will cease to exist?  Instead maybe a bow to say thank you or a hello when meeting someone.

Who knows we will have to wait and see.


What do you think – will you be happy to shake someone’s hand post social distancing restrictions?


As I come to the end of this blog, I notice that the photo at the start and the photo at the end, taken from the same spot look virtually the same.  This is a great depiction on how bleak and wet it has been all day!

I’ve had another good day, with lots of energy to get things done and having the wood burner burning away at a low heat (between 22 – 25 degrees) all day.

Discovery continues to rock and creak, so will be an interesting night!

Tomorrow the forecast looks similar as today, but windy all day!

Jim x

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