Day 349 – Reflections on Lockdown

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For some strange reason I have lots of energy this evening 🙂

This morning, I was up at 8.30am!  After a shower, Honey and I went for a leisurely walk to Harrison Park.

Then I sat outside and had some breakfast and coffee, reading The Edinburgh Reporter (paper copy) that I had picked up at the Coffee Boat 🙂

Then I had my meditation group, which was just what I needed 🙂

On our morning walk I saw this bird – which was a lot bigger than the usual birds on the canal – it was just sitting on the towpath not bothered by people walking and running past.  It didn’t even seem bothered by Honey the Dog!

I watched one runner do a double-take at it, looked surprised at it’s unusual appearance!

I later asked the boating community was it was, being told it is a Cormorant, which apparently is a sea bird.  In fact, two of them have been coming to the canal for years and have named by the boaters Colin the Cormorant and Brian his Brother!!

 

This afternoon, I put on some music and went on a 2 hour walk with Honey, bumping into various people I know along the way and having a chat with them 🙂

Despite it being quite cold, it definitely feels like Spring is on it’s way 🙂

 



Lockdown Restrictions Corner

I stumbled across this article in The Guardian, Dutch clubbers were allowed to hit the dance floor for a study to ease lockdown restrictions!

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/07/dutch-clubbers-dance-study-easing-lockdown-music-event-coronavirus

1300 people (who had tested negative 48 hours beforehand) bought tickets for a 4 hour event to go clubbing in Amsterdam.  It was an experiment to recreating music events in order to reopen the country

It was held in The Ziggo Dome, which holds 10,000 people, with Dutch DJ sets playing.  People were broken down into 250 people bubbles who all had different restrictions placed on them.  They were all tagged so they could be monitored!

This included being given a fluorescent drink and encouraged to sing and scream to the music in order to examine how much saliva was released !!

The bubbles were –

  • Wear a mask at all times, could stand where they liked, but had to ensure there were no more than 3 people in a square metre of space.
  • Wear a mask at all times and keep 1.5m social distance from anyone else.
  • Wear a mask only when in motion, had to stand on designated spots.
  • Wear masks at all times, had seats to sit on.
  • Wear masks at all times, had dancing spots which were two chairs apart from the next person.
  • No masks, were allowed to stand and sit where ever they wanted.

 

People said it felt like there was light at the end of the tunnel !!

 



Nostalgia Corner

Today I am going back to Day 4 and the great video that Hannah and Cleo made (see below).

These were the days when lockdown restrictions were a novelty, exciting and time seemed to standstill !!

Daily quizzes were being shared with friends, everyone was reinventing themselves using Zoom and hilarious videos were being made of people trying to pass the time!

Awww – those were the days 🙂

Now we are all just bored waiting to get back to some kind of ‘normality’ !!

 



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), Cash (Day 315), Handshake (Day 316), Head Lice (nit comb and medicated shampoo) (Day 317), Pinworm Infections (Day 318), Offering to take someone’s photo (Day 319), Overnight Suitcase (Day 342), Perfume (Day 343), Shaving Products, for men (Day 344) and Birthday Candles (Day 347).

 

Today I thought of another one – nip into a shop without queuing.

You can’t just quickly nip into the bank, post officer or local shop – instead there is a long queue outside, due to limited number of people allowed inside.  The post office is particular bad, the one on Easter Road has a queue stretching all the way down the road!

Any street with a load of shops on has a series of queues stretching all the way down, its a familiar sight.  Some smaller shops is just 1 person allowed inside.

I remember in the early days, it was a novelty having to queue, I found it unusual and fun!  Now, if there is a long queue I just don’t bother!!

 

What do you think?  Have you any unusual stories to share about queuing to get into a shop?

 



Readers Corner

Just one post today.

 

Fi

Fi posted a Facebook comment on yesterday’s blog (Day 348) saying:

“I obviously love nostalgia corner 🥳 That weekend was the highlight of 2020 for me 🥰 (although, it was the 27th, not 28th 😉)”.

 

Oh yes – I was posting the blog a day in arrears when on Canna!  And of course, you are going to know what day your 40th Birthday was on 😉

 



As I come to the end of this blog, its been a good weekend of walks, relaxing and spending some time with friends 🙂

I had planned this weekend to unpack some of the boxes stacked around Discovery to create some more space, but that didn’t happen!  My reluctance is due not charity shops not being open, so what do I do with most of my things until they do open?  Once my flat is rented out, I can put more energy into it and maybe post them on a Facebook share page.

Today it has not rained, still chilly but bright.

Hope you’ve had a Wonderful Weekend 🙂

Stay Safe!

Jim x

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