Coronavirus – Northern Ireland #15

We woke up to another bright, sunny day. The best weather of the year and the whole nation is on lockdown. Typical. Even better weather is predicted for the Easter weekend and the government are warning people of the need to stay at home in order to save lives. Over 900 people died in the U.K. yesterday, bringing the total to over 7000. It was the highest daily total yet, more than Italy or Spain at their worst.

Our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, remains in intensive care in a London hospital but is stable and sitting up in bed. A big relief and, bar a handful of online trolls, the majority of the nation are willing him to pull through. I now know every senior member of the Cabinet, something I had no idea about before all this started. I find British politics much more interesting than their Northern Irish counterparts, who are continually arguing and achieving very little.

I started the day with a seven mile run, wearing my new running shoes which were an early birthday present from Fionnuala and the kids. They certainly put a spring in my step as I was 30 seconds a mile quicker than my last effort two days ago. Or perhaps it was all in my head. Either way, I was very pleased with the time, much more like my old self. I’ll keep plugging away and hopefully my fitness will continue to improve.

Fionnuala and Rebecca have jigsaws being delivered to the house later. Adam held an online quiz with his friends last night and Hannah has been reading in our back garden which we tidied up over the last few days. We are all finding ways to pass the time while trying to keep the place clean and tidy. It’s a good thing as well as it’s likely the lockdown will be extended next week. I hope this finds you all well. Stay safe.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 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.

25 thoughts on “Coronavirus – Northern Ireland #15

  1. We’ve had some beautiful days here too in the US state of Virginia. I’ve noticed from my window that people are having a hard time staying in and social distancing. I can understand it but it’s dangerous. Good for you, Fionnuala and the kids for playing it safe. I’m so glad you’re all well.

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  2. We are somewhat insulated here in the frozen North. But other places in Alberta are not so fortunate. Ontario and Quebec as well as British Columbia lead the nation in the number of corona virus cases with a smattering of cases in provinces and territories across the nation. We had a really beautiful day here today but weather forecast is for a few flurries for the next couple of days. I find myself yearning so for spring – much more so than I usually do. Anyway, it’s nice you’re getting out to run again and I hope things begin to turn around for the whole world, but it looks like it will take more time than leaders originally thought it would. Stay healthy and stay safe!

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      1. Oh yes, and all across the country. Unfortunately there are always people who will not abide by them but it’s the only way to slow the spread so we have a fighting chance.

        This city where I live is fairly small as cities go, but our mayor and town council moved very quickly to put protocol and regulations in place. As far as I know there are just three cases in the city at this time. However, I do not entirely trust that number as so many have not been tested, and the tests that have been done are yet to be processed.

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          1. I would not doubt that at all. It is all so worrisome. We have to operate under the assumption that every single person may have it, including family. I am very worried that people will not continue to keep social distancing over the Easter weekend but go visit family to have their “normal” Easter dinner etc.

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  3. I know it’s tempting to go out with this awesome sunny days, but please stay home.

    I see too many people here in Italy doing as they please.

    Even if it’s for a run, i completely understand how you feel, but you can do cardio in your home as well!

    Hit me up and i’ll be happy to provide you with indoors cardio workouts my man πŸ˜€

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