Lock down journal - 2020

Week 14 – lock down in 1434 words

Thunder and Lightening

We were woken just before 5 am this morning (Saturday) to the sound of thunder. It lasted right up until 9 am before moving out across the North Sea. I haven’t heard thunder claps like it in quite some time. There wasn’t much lightening (at least not to be seen), because there was a mist over the whole area at the time which no doubt hid the lightening flashes to a greater degree.

During the storm, the heavens opened and we had torrential rainfall. At the moment (1.15 pm), the mist has risen and the sun is trying to break through the clouds; it’s a little cooler but still feels very moist and wet outside. I’ve got a thumper of headache, but that’s not unusual—I always seem to get a bad headache either before, during or after a thunder storm. Something to do with air pressure apparently.


Back to work

There’s been a few changes around here. Hubby went back to work on Monday, 29th June after 3 months on furlough. Furlough was difficult to begin with but hubby wasn’t going to let it get him down. Instead, he set to work busying himself in the garden. We estimated the same amount of work he carried out in the garden during this time would probably have taken around 12 months to complete during holidays and weekends under ‘normal’ circumstances; so whilst this was an unexpected situation, it was a beneficial time too in a strange kind of way.

Although furlough has been ‘positive’ in this respect, it has also had a bitter-sweet side to it in the sense that I cannot help but think of the people who have experienced the complete opposite these past 3 months and for whom this time has been very difficult bringing sickness, loss, anxiety and pain….

…. and whilst we are getting up in the morning, someone somewhere is fighting for their life on a ventilator machine. Whilst we are preparing breakfast, some old soul is gasping for air and cannot be ventilated because they would not survive the trauma. Whilst we are doing our ironing, someone somewhere is learning to walk again because their muscles deteriorated during the weeks they spent in hospital. Whilst we are wandering around the shops adding food to our baskets, someone somewhere is suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of what they witnessed while going about their duty of care for sick patients during this crisis. Whilst we are sitting down to our evening meal, someone somewhere is feeling isolated and lonely 14 floors up in a high-raised flat where they’ve shielding for the past 14 weeks. Whilst we are climbing into bed in the evening, someone somewhere is worrying themselves sick about how they are going to keep their business afloat…. the list rolls on.

Surely, we need to consider others and help in whatever way/s we can?

Make me a channel of your peace. Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope. Where there is darkness, only light; and where there’s sadness, ever joy. Oh, Master grant that I may never seek so much to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love with all my soul.

Sebastian Temple 

The mask 😷

I’m an advocate for wearing a mask whether whilst shopping indoors or travelling on public transport. The virus is described by scientists and medical professionals as being far worse than a flu virus and since I’ve had flu twice in as many years despite having the flu jab yearly, I’m not taking any chances. In the words of the song by the Rag’n’Bone Man: “I’m only human after all”—I’m with you Mr Rag’n’Bone Man—”I’m only human too” and as such I’m definitely not indestructible! Is anybody?

I also am a firm believer that if we’re going to get the economy back on its feet safely, we need to add to both our own personal safety and that of others’ safety in every which way we can:

✅ Wash your hands

✅Adhere to social distancing guidelines

✅ Wear a face mask in shops and on public transport

These are all minor inconveniences, but they make a considerable difference to preventing the spread of Covid-19.

I honestly believe if we don’t take Covid-19 seriously, there will be grave consequences for us as all as a nation health, economic, and social wise. I will gladly be wrong….. gladly…. GLADLY…. and I truly do hope I am.


Baking

I baked some cupcakes a few days ago. I love decorating cupcakes and have quite a few icing nozzles which I’ve collected over the years, but I came across some fancy Russian cake decorating nozzles recently on Amazon which look like they’d be fun to decorate cakes with. They come in 3 sizes, i.e. Medium, Large and Russian so spoilt for choice. Yes, apparently Russian is a size! 😳 Anyway, I think I have enough nozzles and I’m going to resist ordering them.

I used cake cases I purchased from Lidl’s recently but I don’t think I’ll be buying them again! They’re shapeless around the sides and look a bit untidy compared to other cake cases. Still, the cakes taste good, so the disappointing shape hasn’t affected the taste.

Chocolate cupcakes

Hairdresser appointment

I was able to book a hair appointment for later next month and whilst that seems a long time away, I’ve been hearing about hair salons that are booked solid for the next 6 months, so I’m definitely not complaining! I’ve been trimming my hair with kitchen scissors (eeeek) in an attempt to keep my fringe out of my eyes, but I haven’t a clue how to cut hair at the back or the sides, so my layers have well and truly grown out. “Highland Coo” comes to mind, lol! Maybe I could wear a balaclava instead of a face mask and that would take care of things. 😆

Anyone else been taking scissors to their hair during lock down? I imagine I’m not the only one!

Captured this beauty whilst out walking

Teaser

Old building
Yes, No…. Maybe?

It’s quiet around here

With hubby being back at work, the house seems really quiet. It was great being at home together these past 3 months and yes, there were times when we needed our own space, but for the most part it was mighty fine. We’ve never spent that much time together ever before, and I was a bit apprehensive about hubby going back to work today (Monday), but I guess we need to get the country back on its feet again (although I’m not convinced we shouldn’t have waited a few weeks longer). Only time will tell I guess. At least the Scottish Government have made it compulsory to wear face masks in the shops from next week.


Ongoing boiler problems

For the past 4 days we’ve had no heating or hot water. There’s the most dreadful noise coming from the hot water tank in our airing cupboard when its switched on. The noise sounds like a pre-historic dinosaur banging away in the linen cupboard. We’ve had British Gas engineers out twice in the past week as well as an electrician (for something different, but boiler related) but all to no avail.

At this moment in time, I’m waiting for a British Gas engineer to call at the house again! [Sigh]. It’s become a bit wearisome now and I’m really hoping someone can rectify the situation. Cold showers and no heating aren’t fun—especially as the weather’s turned a lot cooler in recent days.

Update: A British Gas engineer came out today (Tuesday) and found the problem straight away! It took him all of about 10 seconds to discover what was wrong which was very impressive considering the other 2 gas engineers missed the problem and were at the house for over an hour each time.

Turns out the ‘strange noise’ coming from the airing cupboard was due to a gate valve which needed to be adjusted slightly. I’m grateful it’s been amended, but something as simple as this should never have taken 3 separate call-outs to rectify; believe me, it’s not fun having had all these strangers in our home at this particular time.


The veggie raised beds

Had a look at the veggie beds this morning. Wowee! Everything is growing at a fantastic rate. Hubby would be in his element out there today.


Confession

I still haven’t read any of the photography ‘Documentary workshop’ notes yet. I’ve only had a quick browse through them. Maybe this week, lol!

Well that’s another week’s journalling. I’m off now to make some lunch. Having a salad with fresh crisp lettuce leaves from the garden. Love just popping outside with a bowl and filling it up with home grown goodness. Wish we’d taken up planting our own fresh veggies and salad kit much sooner—home grown has so much more taste than shop bought plus there’s something special about growing your own.

Stay safe peeps.

Back here next week same day and time (DV).

4 thoughts on “Week 14 – lock down in 1434 words”

  1. Now I’m eager for my hair appointment, it’s as well I wear a theatre hat at work !
    The masks don’t bother me mind I’ve had 13 weeks to get used to them . Although I get strange looks when I do the grocery shop as I wear one then too .
    My husband too went back to work on Monday and hes the baker in our family so no more home made bread or scones or shortbread for a wee while.
    I’m sure my jeans are having a sigh of relief!
    I hope that you stay well ,take care love Ann x

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    1. I wear a mask in shops too. I have done from the start Ann. I’ve had folks smirk but I don’t care. Hubby’s been called a prat for wearing his but it won’t stop us. If wearing a mask helps stop the spread to others and ourselves, then as far as I’m concerned, its no brainer.

      Hope you and your family stay safe too Ann. Xx

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  2. Those cupcakes look wonderful Wendy! Can you believe I don’t know how to make them?! Nor that fancy frosting! I am attempting a cherry pie today, which should be interesting as I always struggle with pastry lol.

    I did cut our little one’s hair during lockdown and am pretty pleased with the results! Mine on the other hand is a different matter. Mum always used to cut it for me (she had done training many decades ago) so it’s now a right shambles. Need to try to get an appointment somewhere!

    Glad you finally got your boiler fixed. So frustrating that you had to wait so long!

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    1. You make wonderful pies Jillian. They are so much harder to make than clarity cakes.

      I’m hoping to make some more this afternoon, that is if hubby moves out of the kitchen. He’s working from home at the moment.

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