Day 362 – Reflections on Lockdown

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Today is Saturday, so a long lie in bed.

Did the normal routine for a Saturday morning, get up and take Honey for a walk and then go back to bed!!

This afternoon I tidied the boat, it’s now looking the best it has since I moved in back in November 🙂

Part the reason for this, is because I was having a small gathering of friends In Real Life on the Quayside, to celebrate my Birthday.  Some of them haven’t seen Discovery, so though it important to be tidy !

We had a lovely afternoon and evening, chatting, chilling out and sitting round Helen’s chimenea.

No big walk for Honey today, I concluded that she would be hanging out with us outside, which is good enough as a walk – sure enough she is fast asleep now 🙂

I’ve been reflecting a lot over the last few days on whether to keep the blog going or not after my year is up.  I haven’t yet decided what to do – but I have some new thoughts, which I will share over the next few days.  But rest assured the blog will exist in one way or another after next week.


Lockdown Restrictions Corner

With Covid numbers rapidly rising in France, Poland, Germany and other parts of Europe, UK advisers are not warning against UK holiday makers heading abroad in July and August, due to fears of bringing the virus back to the UK.

Despite the vaccine program being effectively rolled out across the UK, the fear is that new variants in Europe are brought back, where the vaccines doesn’t work as effectively, spreading more rapidly.

Foreign holidays are currently not allowed and returning travellers have to quarantine.  However, the proposed date to ease these restrictions (in England) is 17th May.  Following the announcement of this date, there was a flurry of people booking their holidays in July and August, with travel firms and airlines needing their business.

The current vaccines that are being rolled out are not based on protection for the new Covid variants, so likely to not be so effective.


Things We No Longer Use / Do

So far I 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), Birthday Candles (Day 347), nipping into a shop without queuing (Day 349), rucksacks (Day 357), Pre-Treatment Washing Products (Day 359) and Handbags (Day 361).

Brian made the suggestion that children who are returning to school are finding their school uniforms no longer fit, due to them growing!  So although schools are now returning I am looking at School Uniforms.

After doing an internet search I can’t find much on this, but I have found many articles about how children are not wanting to wear their school uniforms anymore and they prefer their home cooked lunches, rather than school lunches!  Could some of these rules evolve as children return to school?

As I come to the end of this blog, I am super tired!  It’s been a long day, even though it is Saturday.

Tomorrow I have no plans, so hopefully lots of rest!

Hope you’ve had a Super Saturday.

Jim x


  1. Jill Richardson

    Hi Jim, belated happy birthday! I have read daily until the past few days(been busy painting my flat) so I am a bit late to the party! Hope you had a good time. So pleased to hear the blog will continue in some form!

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