Lockdown Diary – 2020 – 63 – the Ninth

I passed Higher Maths. Not an inconsiderable achievement, it was the extent of my mathematical career. Could I resolve equations today? I doubt it very much. It’s also the case that one of the things I most easily remember from Maths was the afternoon of nonsense the head of department allowed us when he substituted The Properties of Nine for a regular lesson. As you can see above 3+6 = 9. 36 = 4×9 and 3+6 = 9 45 = 5×9 and 4+5 = 9 – and so on. There’s lots more if you google The Magic of Nine. Circles in particular throw up lots of interesting oddities.

DH’s pals have been finding wonderful, and maybe forgotten, Georgian mansions on their Edinburgh exercise rambles. Some of them in better condition than others, but maybe we’ll be walking out, too, to take a look. Their spacing throughout the south of the city shows how rural Edinburgh must still have been when they were built.

Read Helen Alexander’s reflections for Ascension Sunday, worked on the WIP, lost at scrabble and completed the edge of the new jigsaw. Socially distanced visit from family bearing gifts of food. Finished Friday’s Child (thank goodness) and began Arabella. Journeyed to Vinsobres and Culkein, Stoer. Swapped the winter clothing for the summer as it is warmer.

Might need to get up earlier.

What have you found on your extended wanderings – physical and internet?


Courting the Countess, Edinburgh based historical romance.