Lockdown Diary – 2020 – 80 – Scary Steps

The figures here convey a mix of aggression and fear as they push forward. I feel they encapsulate our collective psyche as we try it all out. Have we left enough time? Will we be able to avoid a cuddle with that grandchild we haven’t seen for three months?

There’s still much to be done – and much to be avoided.

DH spent nearly all day yesterday on the pc at virtual meetings and then playing bridge. This allowed me the mental space to get on with the wip which is now in much better nick. We still managed another slides’ viewing and visited Exeter, Devon, Arran and Glen Affric. Lamb curry from the freezer emptying project with an orange lentil daal – recipe from Hello Fresh. Lamb from Mathieson’s (Coq and Bull), Ratcliffe Terrace.

Lovely chat with a family member. They have so looked out for us.

In the writing world, Ann Burnett‘s tour continues. Today Sophie Claire‘s wonderful romance set partly in Provence, A Forget-Me-Not Summer is published in paperback. Romance with recipes – what’s not to enjoy. Congratulations, Sophie. Available from Tesco’s and bookshops and also on you-know-where here



Lockdown Diary – 2020 – 78 – Endings

David Robinson writes an affectionate obituary of the Scottish translator and writer, Jennie Erdal in today’s Scotsman. I never knew this lady, although I read her book, Ghosting, and heard her speak about it. Her talent shone like a beacon and if you haven’t read her depiction of her mum’s corset selling from their house in the 1950s, I recommend you do.

We’ve probably all been aware of the ending of the story for a friend or relative during these strange months. Death in life is inevitable but what makes these deaths slightly weird is the near absence of the normal rites of passage associated.

Likewise the cancelled wedding celebrations and baptisms. While we’ve been aware of deaths, we’ve also been aware of births. The frustration of not being there for the newest arrival is unimaginable. There’s a huge accumulation of communal grief and joy awaiting us.

Quiet day, yesterday but writing friend Ann Burnett set off on a literary blog tour with her romance, Festival Fireworks. You can catch her on some of the wonderful blogs on her list and you can find the list at Rosie Writes here.

I took marmalde pulp out of the freezer yesterday. So that’ll be Tuesday sorted, then…


Lockdown – 2020 – 23 – Biobank

Regent’s Canal

In times past, being an island, much of what arrived here came over water. Maybe a little arrived through the air carried by migrating birds, but in proportion that would be small. Nowadays a great deal of traffic, both goods and human, does come by air and some still by water.

Ann Burnett has written a thoughtful piece about plague and containment measures, on her blog and you can read it here

Professor Collins of Biobank was interviewed on last night’s news. I’m one of the huge number of participants in Biobank’s many studies. Since its inception, Biobank has been amassing genetic data about its participants and will now be able to assist investigation into whether genetic make-up, underlying illness and medication prescribed affected the way a person’s body responded to the virus. You can read about Biobank on their website here

And in Stenhouse towers – DH won the scrabble, we had something from the freezer for tea and will do again tonight, the Easter eggs aren’t lasting as long as they might have done…