Lockdown – 2020 – 12 – Breakfast starts the day

On the Boil

Breakfast is the meal in this household and of today’s all I can say is “Could do better.”

You’ll all have your stories.

So, in diary land there’s little to report. Went out once yesterday combining excercise and shopping. DH played online bridge and won. I made a baking mix I found in the cupboard. Why did I have it when I don’t use baking mixes? Who knows? Anyway, tasted just fine and will make a good pudding for a couple of nights.

Deeply saddened by the rising toll of deaths among medical staff. It makes one’s own contribution of ‘staying at home’ seem truly feeble. However, it is what we’re asked to do and we must continue to do it.

Marchmont St Giles church have produced a guide to the shops open in their area. Called The Shuttle: Community Extra, you can find it here

And because marmalade brings him to mind, let me reccommend Heart of Stone by fellow RNA member and historical novelist, John Jackson. You can find that here




Lockdown – 2020 – 4

Detail, Adam Library, Kenwood House

This wonderful Adam plasterwork isn’t a rainbow, but it’s reminiscent. It’s been lovely to see the rainbows drawn by children to cheer us all up. Equally, it was an emotional moment to hear the applauding of our NHS staff last night.

Other things reaching many hundreds of thousands include the gym videos of Joe Wicks. I’m not trying them – I can’t think it would be a sensible idea in my case – but they must be bringing cheer to many isolated teens.

The misty atmosphere never cleared in Edinburgh yesterday and it still hasn’t. It wasn’t too cold on my constitutional. Maybe I should carry my camera. I found a ‘thing’ – redundant water supply? in the Pleasance. The plaque says Waterloo 1815. Anyone know what it was?

I was also able to buy hand sanitizer and a thermometer. Two policemen were engaged in unhappy dialogue with a bloke as I came home. Otherwise the streets are eerily empty.

The help for the self-employed was announced last night. It won’t result in payments until June as time is needed for calculation.

Hello Fresh delivered and we enjoyed the first meal. A difference I notice is that there were no herbs included in the box. This is understandable and mentioned only as an observation, not a complaint. Hoping to welcome the fish van today, but I notice both the local fish shops are closed, so who knows?

Finished a short story and sent off by e-mail to my ed at DC Thomson.

Worked out why one part of the WIP isn’t working. Yay!

Began A Lady of Quality featuring the wonderful Annis Wychwood.