Lockdown Diary – 2020 – 85 – The Canopy

Edinburgh Tree Map

My friend Jenny Mollison, Scotsman columnist and knowledgeable in all things green, growing and harvestable, published the above link on FB this morning. There are other bits of information if you google Edinburgh Tree Map. Trees are such a wonderful embellishment in urban spaces.

Visited the chiropodist this morning where I made my first effort with actually wearing a mask. Then along to Earl Grange, corner of Causewayside and Fountainhall Road, where the ladies have opened for takeaway – including lovely baking – and stands of cards and small gifts. Failed to get to the bank on time yesterday as I had a lovely long telephone chat with a friend. That’s today’s walk sorted.

I met an elderly couple, neighbours, on my way back. She’s in need of physio. After so many weeks, people are suffering from increasingly difficult niggles that could be sorted so easily. Let’s hope the end really is in sight.

Discovered while in the shower why I’d added a malfunctioning oven to the WIP and do really think that end may be in sight. Already tuning in to the nineteenth century, where I’m going next, and must take care. Distraction is all too easily available.

How is your equilibrium?



Lockdown Diary – 2020 – 79 – And Again

Hair clippers (human)

DH had his second in-house haircut last night. He then took part in a zoom meeting where he felt quite at home because the other two chaps had also just had their 2nd in-house haircuts. He had also headed out for a croquet match where all three lawns were in operation. I walked around the block and posted a couple of cards. Oh, and I turned that marmalade pulp into marmalade – another ‘And again’ moment.

Taking the Scotsman vouchers round to the newsagent this morning, I passed the Earl Grange coffee shop. Opened just before Christmas, this little place was doing well until the virus arrived. However, humour in adversity – their notice to prospective burglars reads No money or scones… The premises have been re-organised so perhaps a takeout service is coming?

Edinburgh south is blanketed in a light misty drizzle. It’s warm, too.

In the writing world, AC Williams new pocket novel for DC Thomson is out in two weeks. Title is Under Green Skies. Try big supermarkets and newsagents beside the magazines.