Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Lockdown week 2 - Tuesday

I don't know about anyone else, but I've found today the hardest so far of the lockdown period. It's a bit like bereavement: you don't miss people less as time goes by; it just seems such a long time since you've seen them. And I think that last week it was almost like being on holiday, whereas this week I'm longing to see the family and it's beginning to sink in that this may not happen for quite a long time yet.

However, we set off for our walk, this time along the Water of Leith. We thought the path would be busier than usual but in fact it was pretty quiet.

There's scaffolding now round this bridge. Presumably the repairs have been halted for the moment, but Mr Life pointed out the somewhat rudimentary (it seemed to us) arrangements for saving anyone who fell from the scaffolding into the river.

Can you see this orange rope across the river, for someone to catch as they float downriver?

And here's a slightly amateur-looking ring to fling to them if they miss the rope. 

The water was very still.

This is one of various Antony Gormley statues. As Mr L remarked, this is taking social distancing to the extreme.

And then we climbed up the steps ...

... and up a bit more...

to the gallery, where normally we would reward ourselves for having walked the first two miles by having a nice cup of coffee. Today, alas, as we knew, it was closed.

So we walked through the grounds, wondering what this piece of art was supposed to be... 

and on homewards, enjoying the fact that Teddy was here

and that the last mile and a half were unusually traffic free.


  1. It looks very quiet there. I love the reflections in the still water! Some days are hard for me too, but going out for a walk does help. (unless you fall, like I did a few days ago)

  2. I find the night time the worst for not thinking too far ahead!

  3. Not sure I like the works of art spoiling the view, the bottom one looks like a squashed hat. At least Teddy's art work might wash away when it rains.

  4. I think Saturday was my worst day, so far. I cried at everything. I do like your walk. I now walk the dog round the neighbourhood every night and it's been getting busier and busier. It was like Charing Cross out there last night. I was zigzagging all over the place!

  5. Loving your photos. Gosh you two can walk! Lucky to have no knee problems:-( We can't get over the number of people we have seen on our street, walking dogs and children!
    Have you noticed how much cleaner the rivers and streams are now? Happening everywhere, less pollution all over the world.