Lock up -
a) a secure shed or garage in a public area
b) ascend a lock in a boat
c) secure or incarcerate a person or an object
a) the exclusion of employees by their employer from their place of work until terms are agreed to.
b) the exclusion of a partner from his/ her home after committing a misdemeanour
Lock in -
The practice of some publicans allowing customers to consume alcohol after legal closing time
A pain in the arse
I think that about sums it up.
What we have got now I think, is some relief of symptoms of lockdown rather than the return to a pain free existence, and like a lot of other people I wouldn't be surprised to see it come back again.
All is not wasted however, and I have been learning some very useful things during this period of spending more time at home.
Firstly, right at the start of lockdown I learned that it is not a good idea to fall off a garden wall and break a couple of ribs. That lost me six weeks of exercise and now I am several pounds heavier and my blood pressure has gone up.
Then I learned it is an equally bad idea to break a drill bit whilst drilling a bit of metal held by the forefinger of one hand. I know piercings are quite fashionable but not right through a finger. The wound is nearly healed now but the hole in the fingernail still has a way to go before it grows out.
I have also learned how to spend £296.24 in half a second by carelessly pushing our rotary lawn mower over a large pebble which I had inadvertently raked into the grass.. The resulting slingshot did this to our patio door.
On reflection I think perhaps I ought to go boating again before I kill myself at home.
On the up side, I've always been a reasonable cook (I can do a Jamie Oliver 30 minute meal in not much over an hour) , but I never baked before and now I have become moderately proficient in making bread, Irish soda farls, and scones. Farls in particular would suit life on a boat well as they are so simple and quick to do and don't need an oven warming up.
Then during all the sitting about in the garden, I've learned a bit about bumblebees. All very scientific you know. Did you know that the ones with red tails are called red tailed bumblebees, and the ones with white tails are called white tailed bumblebees? Fair enough, you might have guessed it, but I bet you don't know what this is (answer below):
CRT says hire boat companies have experienced a sudden flood of bookings - 315% of the same time as last year. Well, I'm sure we're all pleased for them, but I won't be joining the happy throng on the cut until the dust settles a bit more. Let them have the teething problems I say. We're off up to Cambridge to visit Bella, our son Peter's cat, (and Peter too I suppose).
That insect is not a bee of course, it's a white banded drone fly - Volucella pellucens. It visited one of our fuchsias while we were bee spotting. In size nearly twice as big as a bluebottle.