Lock down journal - 2020

Week 15 – lock down in 1838 words

During the week, I stumbled across the video below. I remember watching a TV documentary about this great archaeological find quite a few years ago and found it intriguing then and still do today. Thought I’d share below—it’s worth a look peeps.

Just about fell off my chair when the last few words were spoken in this video—these words have been on my mind for the past week or so!!! 😲

Video 20 mins 47 secs and worth every second watching—seriously!

But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Matthew 24: 37-39
Copy re: the actual school Bible

I remember learning the story about Noah’s Ark and the great worldwide flood when I was in primary school. Every morning Primary 1 and 2 classes would gather around Mrs MacDonald’s piano and sing hymns and choruses for the first half hour in the morning. Afterwards, Mrs MacDonald would read from the great big story book Bible which she kept between two bronze clips on the piano music stand.

Mum was the school cleaner at the time and she used to take me along to clean the school with her in the evenings. I didn’t mind because I used to sneak into Mrs MacDonald’s classroom at the bottom end of the school and look through the pages of the big picture Bible which I really loved. I thought the pictures were amazing and I longed to have a Bible the exact same myself one day; it was a book which transported me into a world of adventure, goodness over evil, and triumph in the face of adversity—I was fascinated by it!

The influence of a good teacher can never be erased. A good teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches the heart.

Unknown author

Below: Another of Mrs MacDonald’s primary students back in the day, Iona McNab (née MacColl) purchased a copy for her two lovely daughters some 15 years ago when the girls were just toddlers.

By kind permission – Iona with her copy of the old school Bible
A shared favourite story – Jacob’s Ladder

Once upon a Christmas

One year as Christmas was approaching, mum and dad asked if there was anything in particular I would like as a present? I told them I’d love a Bible “just like the one on the piano in Mrs MacDonald’s classroom”. Afterwards, I was very excited and couldn’t wait for Christmas to come around.


However, when Christmas finally arrived, I instantly knew by the size and shape of my parcel that mum and dad had got the wrong one! I can still vividly remember the deep disappointed I felt that day—not even my other lovely pressies could make up for it; however, I couldn’t show how I felt because mum and dad worked really hard to buy us all our presents and I didn’t want to upset them. My mum had 3 cleaning jobs at this time and dad worked late into the night during winter clearing snow from the main Appin to Crainlaroch road clocking up overtime money for Christmas. They were both grafters and I have so much to be grateful to them for. Precious memories.

The Bible I received that Christmas was a small King James Bible with some beautifully illustrated pictures dotted throughout, but it didn’t seem nearly as interesting; it was also written in a style I didn’t much understand at that age. I popped the Bible into my bedside drawer and rarely ever took it out. When I did finally start reading it, it was a good many years later.

I never ever had a Bible like Mrs MacDonald’s but I’ve collected a few “grown-up versions” since and I love them every bit as much; however throughout the years, I’ve never forgotten my love for “the old school Bible” and from time-to-time I take that walk down memory lane. I believe there are collectors’ versions available today—who knows….maybe one day! Did I mention I have a little grandchild due in October? 😉 I’d love for her to have a copy.

Primary school photo. Top row: David Gillum, Philip MacLean, Angus MacLellan, Joseph Wilson, Ian MacLellan, Robin Whyte, Philip MacLean; Middle row: Lorraine MacPherson, Susan Craig, Jacqueline MacFadgen, Wendy (me), Catherine MacDonald, Mr Johnston (Head Teacher); Bottom row: Mary MacDonald, Colin Smith, Donald MacInnes, Donald Cameron, Doreen MacKenzie.
Image from Internet

The area I grew up

Above is the area I grew up in as a child. Back then I remember thinking the great flood in Noah’s age must have been ‘really something’ to cover the high mountains and hills in this area; it seems unimaginable and must have been an EPIC event!

I’ve only ever seen one flood in this particular area in my lifetime and that was when the tide was very high and flooded an old cottage at the bottom of the village where Masie Gardener (a woman who owned the village sweetie shop at the time) lived along with her three sons, Robert, John and Andrew. This particular flood was obviously not on the same scale as the flood which once covered the whole earth, but it destroyed the cottage and was pretty devastating for the family who lived there.

I’ve witnessed a few floods in my lifetime—once in Inverness and twice in Aberdeenshire—neither were pleasant situations.

Hubby and myself were on our way home from Huntly and were caught up in the flooding which affected various areas in Aberdeenshire just 9 months ago. We witnessed bridges washed away, homes and businesses flooded, roads closed, and we only just made it home before the road close to our home was likewise closed due to flooding.

All our country drives in the shire throughout the years had helped us to find alternative routes, but even so, there was a point in the journey when we thought we’d have to stop the night in a town less than 45 minutes drive from home.

No more worldwide floods

The rainbow was given by God by way of His promise to the world that He will never again allow a flood to cover the entire world. It is a Covenant promise and has been “adopted” by The LGBTQ community as a means of encouraging those who have not yet ‘come out’ to do so. More recently it has been adopted as a ‘symbol of hope’ for the NHS service here in the UK amidst the Covid-19 crisis and it’s been lovely seeing so many of these ‘symbols of hope’ in windows whilst going for our evening walk. Apparently the NHS rainbow symbol caused a stir amongst some of the LGBTQ movement who said the rainbow was a symbol (flag) which originated and belonged to their particular movement and not to that of the NHS. Well this is not true of course because the rainbow actually originated with God and is a covenant symbol of His promise to the world that He will never again allow a flood to cover the entire earth (see quote below). This is the true origin re: the rainbow.

Genesis 9: 12-16:

And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”

Kitchen parts

Yesterday (Monday) we visited B&Q to order some additional parts for our kitchen. B&Q have very good safety measures in store but visiting shops still leaves me feeling vulnerable and I cannot get out quickly enough. Perhaps it’s because things are far from what they used to be like. Wearing masks for instance is so ughhhh, I don’t know how to describe how it makes me feel seeing such to be honest. Whilst I’m 100% in favour of wearing a face mask in shops and public transport and most definitely advocate such, etc for health and safety purposes, actually seeing masks on faces is kind of unsettling along with everything else keeping us safe. I mean “what would we have thought if we were given a glimpse into such on New Year’s Day 2020?” Makes me wonder: “What will a full look back on 2020 actually look like?”

I guess it’s best to take things “one day at a time” really. Life seems much less overwhelming when we do this.

I have a confession!

I purchased an exact copy of my old school Bible yesterday!!! I read through a whole selection of reviews (there were hundreds) and they all mentioned folks who’d enjoyed the beautiful illustrations in this book plus “trips down memory lane”. Being a real sucker for trips down memory lane and nostalgia moments, how could I resist?

If anyone is interested, you can purchase this Bible new because it’s still in print (albeit with a different cover). Check it out here: Children’s Bible. There are also second-hand versions (like the one I’ve ordered) on Amazon. These may be slightly more expensive than a new copy because some are collector’s items. Mine isn’t a collectors item but it is an exact copy of the old school Bible. I ordered a new version as well for a certain little lady who isn’t much more than a hand-size at the moment! I can’t wait for her to be born. You never know, perhaps when she is old enough, she will love her copy too and hand it down through generations to come. Wouldn’t that be something with its origins going back to the old school Bible?

Excerp from the new version: “This beloved edition of the world’s greatest book, is beautifully illustrated and written in a clear, simple style for children, has been approved by an editorial board consisting of leaders from the Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish faiths.”

I’ve always enjoyed beautiful illustrations and I think this is where my love for photography may have evolved.


Speaking about photography, I’ve haven’t had my camera out hardly at all this week. Sometimes I have weeks where I have lots of enthusiasm for creating pictures and other times I just want to lay my camera down. I have to feel inspired to want to shoot photography or I just don’t connect with my subject.

I just want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares.

Saul Bass

Below are a few images I captured in the garden this afternoon (Wednesday). I love the ‘moody’ look in these images. A lot of my photography ‘art work’ is based around this old-worldly ‘moody’ look which I love shooting and editing.

Well that’s my journal entry for another week. Seems like the last post was only just yesterday. Anyone else finding the days melting into each other?

Anyway, I hope to be back same day and time next week (DV). Until then, Stay safe peeps.

2 thoughts on “Week 15 – lock down in 1838 words”

  1. Such gorgeous flower images Wendy! I love your rich greens!

    The bible looks wonderful. I’ve never seen an illustrated version like that!

    I agree, it’s very unsettling to see everyone wearing masks, but I’m very much an advocate of doing so. I read this morning that it’s gong to be compulsory in England (I think it already is in Scotland?) and I wish they would do the same here. Far too many people behaving as if the past few months had never happened. I agree, if someone had shown us an image of this on New Years Day, we would have laughed incredulously!

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    1. Thank you so much Jillian. I loved this School Bible. My second-hand edition arrived a few days ago and it was lovely to flick through the pages and see the ones that stood out back then in particular again. It’s a fab children’s Bible and helps children become familiar with the many great Bible stories. It’s sad that today, so many youngsters have missed out on this great history.

      Yes, masks have been made mandatory here in Scotland and have been since Monday. It feels a little ‘safer’ in the shops but all within social distancing as well. I think we need both for it to make any real difference in helping to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Not everyone is in favour of wearing a mask (plus not everyone can for health reasons). It’s a difficult one.


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