Day 318 – Reflections on Lockdown

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This morning, it stopped raining – thank goodness!

But I forgot to take my usual daily photo for the start of the blog, I am not sure how that happened?

This afternoon I headed to the flat to try and sort out the laminate and measure my windows to buy some curtains and blinds.

I arranged for Honey the Dog to hang out with Nuno, her friend and shop dog at Mo Beans Coffee Shop.  Travelling there and back and her nearly 3 hours with Nuno, was to replace her afternoon walk.

I arranged to pick her up at 4pm, but still had some things to do in the flat.  So carried her across the new carpets and put her in the kitchen.  With no washing machine in the corner, she sat on a blanket where the washing machine usually is (blog cover photo).

A couple of times, when I wasn’t in the kitchen, I found her about to leave the kitchen, but stopped her before she took a step onto the new carpet.  I think she was a bit confused why she wasn’t allowed in the flat.  But it worked, carrying her back out the flat, to avoid the carpet.  She didn’t shake any mud onto the walls either 🙂

I’m now a bit stuck for getting any more laminate down.  I need someone’s help whose good with a saw.  So if you know anyone who could help me, please ask them or let me know!



Lockdown Restrictions Corner

Today the UK government announced that quarantine in government provided hotels will begin on 15th February (Day 329).

On Day 310, I wrote about the announcement that these will come into force for anyone arriving into the UK from ‘red list Covid hotspots’.  And yesterday (Day 317) I wrote about how Scotland is bringing in a similar rule but for anyone arriving from any country, not just from ‘red list Covid hotspots’.


So from 15th February, hotel owners will be asked to provide rooms for more than 1000 new people every day!  People will have to stay in their rooms for 10 nights, with security guards accompanying them if they go outside for fresh air or to smoke.

The quarantine hotels will be set up near airports including – Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

They will be provided 3 meals a day in their rooms, with tea, coffee, water and fruit being available.

Passengers will be expected to pay for the accommodation (approximately £800 for the 10 days).   It’s been estimated if 1425 passengers take a room each night until 31 March, that is a bill of £55m.

There are currently 33 countries on the ‘Covid Red List’ –—banned-countries

  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Burundi
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Columbia
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Ecuador
  • Eswatini
  • French Guiana
  • Guyana
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores)
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • United Arabs Emirates (UAE)
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe


Things We No Longer Use

So far –  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), Cash (Day 315), Handshake (Day 316) and Head Lice (nit comb and medicated shampoo) (Day 317).

Today I am looking at another suggestion by Helen – pinworms.

Not exactly something we no longer use – but fits into the broader side of this section.

Pinworms are a parasite infection often found in children.  Helen thinks the decline in them is due to children washing their hands lots, which we have all been doing since lockdown.  In fact the number one way to prevent pinworm infection is handwashing!

A quick internet search an I can’t find any articles relating to pinworms and Covid.  But I am sure other parents will have seen a decrease?!


As I come to the end of this blog, I am feeling more awake than yesterday.  After feeling so refreshed with my alarm morning start yesterday (Day 317) I set the alarm early again today.  I am enjoying having more time in the morning before Qi Gong starts, although my energy drops earlier in the evening.

Today I ordered some curtains for the living room and blinds for the bedrooms, collecting them Saturday, it feels like my flat is moving forward and nearly ready for renting 🙂

I just need some help with the laminate in the kitchen and then need to do a thorough clean of the flat.  Hopefully, most of that will be done by the end of the weekend.

Today there has been less rain, although it rained this afternoon and evening.  I am enjoying the gradual lighter evenings too 🙂

Hope you’ve had a Tremendous Thursday!

Stay Safe 🙂

Jim x

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