Day 33 – Reflections on Lock-Down

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Today we had a long lie and got up at 10am!  We did very little in the morning.  Then went out for a long walk on Arthur’s Seat.  It was the first day of 2020 that I wore shorts and just a t-shirt.  I also decided to take Honey some water, which was a wise move.

A couple of days ago I got an email from Tuk Tuk Chai, they appeared on BBC Dragons Den a while back and I must have looked them up afterwards and signed up to their mailing list.  The email said they were offering a 15% discount on their products if you bought a box of 14 on their Amazon account.  So instead of £21 it would be £17.85.  Curious to find out more I clicked on the link and another offer popped up saying if you bought two you would get a 99% discount on the second one.  So I clicked on this and entered the discount code and the total price was 42 pence.  Not sure, what happened there – the full price (no discounts) should have been forty-two pounds!!

This also included postage.  So I clicked on it and sure enough the order went through.

I have read of these glitches before on Amazon, but never stumbled across one myself 🙂

Yesterday, I received an email from the company apologising about the glitch on Amazon!

Today 28 cards of Tuk Tuk Chai arrived – “an authentic blend of black tea with water, milk and just a hint of sugar“.  14 cartons of Original and 14 cartons of Cardamon.  Each carton is just 250 ml – and quite small.  I would probably pay about 60p or 80p for the size of it in a shop.  Not the retailed price of £1.50 per carton.  Thank goodness I only paid 1.5 pence per carton!

I drank two of these today and not a massive fan of them.  I usually drink plant based milk – so found the dairy not so good.

This morning, I continued to watch the Star Wars films.  The kernel of wisdom was

Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose”.

This afternoon, I put on my shorts, packed a ruck-sack with water (for both of us), water bowl (for Honey) a book (to read) and a jumper (just in case) and headed out for an Arthur’s Seat adventure.

There were even more people out today – it is very evident that people have “Lockdown Fatigue”.  There was more police presence on the streets and Arthur’s Seat.

But Arthur’s Seat is such a big area, the only way they could police it would be with drones.  My friend Danny said he got moved on my a drone whilst reading his book on Portobello beach yesterday.  The drone had a speaker that asked him to move on.

Such a lovely day to be out and about.  We pretty much walked everywhere, although we didn’t go to the top.  It was pretty hazy, couldn’t see the forth road bridges, but super hot!

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Readers Corner

Not much to share in Reader’s Corner today.  My friend, shared a lovely piece from Earthmonk Facebook, which I’ve shared below:

A conversation between a child and their Grandad in 2095…

ChildHow old are you Grandad?
GrandadI’m 81 Kid.
ChildSo does that mean you were alive during the Coronavirus?
GrandadYes kid I was.
ChildWow. That must have been horrible Grandad. We were learning about that at school this week.

They told us about how all the schools had closed.  And mum’s and dads couldn’t go to work so didn’t have as much money to do nice things.  They said that you weren’t allowed to go and visit your friends and family and couldn’t go out anywhere.  They told us that the shops ran out of lots of things so you didn’t have much bread, and flour, and toilet roll (child giggles).  They said that summer holidays were cancelled.  And they told us about all those thousands of people that got very poorly and who died.  They explained about the NHS and how hard all the doctors and nurses and all NHS workers worked, and that lots of them died too.

That must have been so horrible Grandad.

GrandadWell kid, that is all correct.  And I know that because I read about it when I was older.  But to tell you the truth I remember it differently…

I remember playing in the garden for hours with mum and dad and having picnics outside and lots of bbqs.  I remember making things with my Dad and baking with my Mum.  I remember making dens with my little brother and teaching him how to do hand stands and back flips.  I remember having quality time with my family.  I remember mum’s favourite words becoming ‘Hey, I’ve got an idea…’  Rather than ‘Maybe later or tomorrow I’ma bit busy’.  I remember making our own bread and pastry.  I remember having film night 3 or 4 times a week instead of just one.

It was a horrible time for lots of people you are right.  But I remember it differently.


Remember how our children will remember these times. Be in control of the memories they are creating right now, so that through all the awful headlines and emotional stories for so many that they will come to read in future years, they can remember the happy times.


At the moment we don’t know who the author of this is but it’s a beautiful story 🙌




Brian just shared three photos with me and asked the question:

“Do you know where this is in Edinburgh?”

Any thoughts?


As I come to the end of today’s blog, I have had a lovely day, out and about in the sunshine.

With talk of parts of lock-down being lifted in Spain, Italy, Belgium, other parts of Europe and even the US, it feels that people in Edinburgh are definitely getting “lock-down fatigue” and pushing the lock-down boundaries a little.

I apologise that today’s blog has not been very reflective or inspiring.  I have really enjoyed not switching my computer on until 8.30pm this evening.  I’m looking forward to more of the same tomorrow.

My weekly Sunday meditation group has now been moved to fortnightly, so I can have another lie in tomorrow 🙂

Looking forward to sharing more with you tomorrow.

With Love

Jim xx