Day 378 – Reflections on Lockdown

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Last night I was in bed by 10pm, but alas I couldn’t sleep, my body clock is set to go to sleep sometime nearer 1am.  At about midnight I took a ‘Kalms‘ tablet which I take when frustrated I can’t sleep.  It’s an alternative sleeping aid with valerian in it.  Normally I would have a ‘Bedtime Tea’ (by Yogi Tea) which also has valerian in it, but I’ve run out.  I’ve found that if I take the two Kalms tablets which is the recommended does it knocks me out and I’m really groggy in the morning, so I just take one.  It worked and a fell asleep until 3am, but then couldn’t get back to sleep for a while, annoyed that I hadn’t taken the two tablets!! So a bit of a disjointed sleep, maybe I should have just stayed up until 1am like usual 😉

Not much news in life today, Easter Monday, but I was doing some work and caught up with a friend on the phone.

Another windy day and chilly too, I had the fire lit all day, which on occasion had smoke blown out of the wood burner into Discovery by the wind.  It was nice feeling the constant, gentle heat from the wood burner all day.

This afternoon Honey and I went for a walk, but a different route.  We headed along the road, following the route of the canal, which helped me get a bit more context of where the canal goes in relation to the rest of Edinburgh.  We ended up reaching Harrison Park West (blog cover photo) and then headed back along the canal, Honey went for various swims!

Then some more work this evening, before starting the blog.

It’s been a lovely night of clear skies 🙂

 



On This Day In History

A year ago today was Day 13

 

Here’s some extracts from that blog from Day 13

“What’s amazing about Arthur’s Seat is there are so many different walks – discovering lots of different areas you’ve never been to.  That’s what Honey the Dog and I did today.  Exploring a whole area of newness!

Have you ever heard of Five Rhythms Dancing?  It is a type of movement meditation, following the fundamental idea that everything is energy, which moves in waves, patterns and rhythms.  By moving the body, releasing the heart, and freeing the mind, one can connect to the essence of the soul.   During one of these workshops [we were] encouraged to just keep moving, saying our energy would return.  Sure enough, just by simply walking, after a while, I found a whole new source of energy.

In this lock-down, I experience some good days, some really hard challenging days, some days with lots of stillness and silence inside me and other days when I have no energy to do anything.  Yesterday, I was energy-less – I did very little.  But just like [those] words, I stuck with it.  And sure enough my energy has returned. 

So I urge you all, when times are hard, just stay with it, keep going, with a trust…a knowing…that you can ride the ‘wave’ and soon things will shift and it will be different”.

 

This is what I wrote in my diary on Day 13

      • Lots of energy today – feel so good 🙂
      • Tidied house.
      • Big walk on Salisbury Craggs, Arthur’s Seat.
      • Met up with Kate in Kate’s Park.
      • Feel excited to be alive!
      • Bed at 00:30.

 

Covid News Headlines on Day 13

      • The Queen addresses the nation about Covid.
      • Westminster considering a bigger lockdown.
      • Boris Johnson gets admitted to hospital with Covid.
      • Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer resigns for breaking lockdown rules.

 

TOTAL Covid Cases and Deaths on Day 13

 

 

 

 

Scotland

WORLD

USA

Spain

Italy

UK

TOTAL Covid Cases

(increase since Day 12)

 

3,706 (261)

1,271,679 (74,735)

308,124 (28,007)

126,168 (5,478)

128,948 (4,296)

41,903 (5,903)

TOTAL Covid Deaths

(increase since Day 12)

 

220 (2)

47,175 (22,226)

9,601 (1,210)

12,641 (694)

15,887 (552)

4,934 (621)



Lockdown Restrictions Corner

Today in Scotland hairdressers, barbers, garden centres and homeware stores opened up.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-56633337

On our afternoon walk I did spot a few barbers open, one which had queue outside waiting to get in!

My friend Adam said he nipped to IKEA today to pick up a few things, finding that everyone else had the same idea, having to queue for over an hour to get in!!

Also today in Scotland

  • 12 – 17 year olds can play contact sports outdoors.
  • The phased return for universities and colleges have begun.
  • Some non-essential shops have opened.


Readers Corner

One post today.

 

Danny

Danny posted a comment on yesterday’s blog Day 377) saying:

“Jim come wild swimming with me and Robin sometime”.

Thanks for the invitation Danny!  Curious on what part of the blog inspired you to invite me along 😉

 



As I come to the end of this blog, it’s a short one, just throwing some things together.

Looking back over a year ago today, I didn’t realise that Boris Johnson was admitted into hospital so early into lockdown – Day 13!  It felt a lot further in, but I guess time was going really slowly back then.  I think back to a year ago and remember that 2 weeks seemed like 3 months…everything was so new and uncertain.  I guess, we were all staying at home as much as possible, fearful of catching Covid.  Whereas now we have adapted our lives somewhat, although my life is pretty much similar to then – staying at home and taking Honey walks!

It feels like now, everyone is just bored…waiting for lockdown restrictions to be eased, with some a little fearful that we will enter another lockdown later in the year.

But also some people I’ve spoken with seem fearful of things returning to some “kind of normal”, as we have got used to not seeing lots of people, not being indoors with friends or gathering in big groups.  It’s like the ‘geographical bubble’ I used to write about round about Day 116 (July 2020) when life was opening up again we felt “safe in our geographical bubble”, feeling “unsafe” going beyond the boundary we had lived in for 4 months or so.  For me my ‘geographical bubble’ was 2 miles, but others I spoke to described it being a lot smaller.  It will be interesting to see if this resurface in a fear of being with a group of people indoors or just being with anyone indoors?!  Or venturing beyond the area we have lived in for the last 6 months or so.

Today it has been colder and windy, but a pleasant day with some sunshine, this evening clear skies.  Temperatures are set to drop to -4 centigrade through the night, but another sunny day forecast for tomorrow.  I may need to dig out my thermals for tomorrow 😉

No snow here in Edinburgh, even though I heard there has been snow in the Outer Hebridies, Inverness and even some in London!

Good Night!

Jim x

 

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