What Are You Up To This Weekend?

One thing we are good at in Northern Ireland is complaining about the weather….whatever the weather. Most of time we moan about it being too cold, too wet, too windy. Yet the second the big yellow ball in the sky makes a rare appearance, we invariably fall to pieces. We are sweltered, roasted, ‘while warm’ or a combination of all three. Perched at the extreme west of the European continent we are utterly unsuited to anything remotely resembling a heatwave.

Take this week for example. It’s September, the hatchlings are all back to school and the leaves are starting to fall from the trees. Yet we have been hit with an Indian summer which has left the meteorologists scratching their heads and the rest of us scrambling for the suntan lotion. Nobody knows what to wear, leading to some weird and wonderful sights around the city centre. Shorts and hooded tops, anyone?

For once, the roving gangs of American tourists are not the most oddly attired. Us locals are giving them a run for their money. It’s Culture Night in Belfast this evening meaning all manner of street entertainment was being set up this morning. At lunchtime an Afro-Caribbean DJ began blasting reggae music across the square where my office is situated. I contemplated busting a few moves but wisely decided not to.

On the other side of the square, rows of food stalls were emitting all kinds of delicious aromas. I was sorely tempted to join the office workers sampling their wares and soaking up the rays but I had other business to attend to; namely the office charity walk which I had agreed to run. On one of the hottest days of the year. It’s normally snowing at this time of year, for goodness sake. I laced my running shoes, muttering at the inclement conditions.

Despite Hannah threatening never to speak to me again if I donned them, I had no choice but to set off in my short shorts and short sleeved t shirt. Normally I’m facing arctic winds in leggings, under armour, gloves and hat at this time of year. It’s a good job President Trump assures us there is no such thing as climate change, for I’d be tempted to disagree given our crazy weather conditions.

Within a mile it was as if a bucket of water had been thrown over me and I erred on the side of caution by maintaining a slow, steady pace. The city was buzzing with music and marquees on every corner. A food festival was in full swing in Custom House Square, Viking longship races were taking part in races on the river and, irony upon ironies, there was a climate change protest at Cornmarket. The entire city seemed to be out and about.

Thankfully there were dozens of other runners on my route so I was not alone in my huffing and puffing. On the way back I met the charity walkers who set off after me. They were already talking of retiring to a packed riverside bar on the return leg. There were going to be a few sore heads as well as legs come the morning. By the time I arrived back at the office I had hit the 10 mile mark.

Job done, I changed, packed up my gear and made my way to the train station for the commute home. Tomorrow it’s an early start for Adam’s rugby and then it’s the Belfast Half Marathon on Sunday. I hope it’s a bit cooler for that one. I’ll be looking forward to a well earned rest when I return to work on Monday morning. Thankfully I’m taking a few days leave next week. Can’t come soon enough?

What are you up to this weekend?

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 15 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

23 thoughts on “What Are You Up To This Weekend?

  1. It is the last home stand of the baseball season so that will see Mr S and I off to the Padres game tonight and Sunday. Then tomorrow I am volunteering to provide aid for the Train Run, which is a popular training run for marathon aspirants. I’ll be supporting those runners who are fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and training for the Chicago Marathon. They will get on the train at Solana Beach at 6am, ride to Oceanside, then run a roundabout route along the coast to get in their 18 mile run. In between all that I will finish writing a sermon and polish up my worship script and lead two church services Sunday morning… so, you see, not doing much this weekend.

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  2. Busy weekend, young man. For me. it is the company picnic tomorrow, then a restful day of church and yardwork on Sunday. My half marathon was last weekend and Ironman (relay) is next weekend.

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  3. No real big plans this weekend. However, on Saturday evening, I will actually be serving in Kids Quest during our Saturday evening service. That’s always a lot of fun and lively time. Have a wonderful weekend.
    😊🌸

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  4. Studying for Chemistry quizzes tops the list, followed by working on my “Distance learning” course. I also need to do a blog post, and entertain poor Roscoe (leaper of tall fences) while my sister is away. Laundry, housework, all the usual bad habits…
    Best of luck to you tomorrow! I hope the weather is far more cooperative!

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  5. All the best at the race 🙂
    I have nothing so adventurous planned for the rest of my weekend. All of the tedious things that come with daily life: cooking, cleaning, shopping. Monday starts a new way of eating for me, so planning for that as well.
    I am certainly looking forward to the cooler weather! I am in Nevada. It has been much cooler lately, but for about 5 weeks we had temperatures over 37C.

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