Coronavirus – Northern Ireland #16

Good Morning to you all from a grey and damp Northern Ireland. The lockdown continues here as the U.K. death total neared 9,000 yesterday. The experts say the curve is starting to flatten but almost 1000 people died yesterday, which does little to raise hopes or offer light at the end of the tunnel. 10 people died in Northern Ireland yesterday, bringing the total number to 92. The dead include an elderly married couple from the tiny village where my mother was born.

Police will be out in force over this Easter weekend to ensure people only venture out for essential reasons. The fear is that some will flaunt the guidelines and contribute towards a further spread of the virus. Police now have the power to fine and, if necessary, arrest those who continue to do so. I would have little sympathy for annoying foolish and selfish enough to be arrested. Their arrogance and ignorance is baffling and cannot be excused.

All is well in the Black household. We have been amusing ourselves by making Tik Tok videos. Making a fool of myself in front of the kids comes as second nature to me so I have no problem clowning around in front of the cameras. One of Fionnuala’s videos has had over 13,000 views! Our Adam is Tik Tok famous apparently, whatever that means. I have no idea what it entails but am happy to go with the flow if it raises spirits.

Adam and I walked Charlie yesterday before I joined him for a gym session in the garage. By the end of it my arms felt like jelly and I was faintly nauseous. Give me marathon running any time but his body strength continues to soar as he steps up his rehabilitation from knee surgery. Rebecca practiced her football skills in the back garden while Hannah read a Twilight novel and worked on topping up her tan. Fionnuala is our glue, keeping us all in order.

I received some wonderful feedback yesterday from a fellow author regarding the latest draft of my new book. I’m awaiting a little more feedback and then I’ll be in a position to start submitting. I’m already starting to think about Book 3. It will probably require more historical research than the first two, but I’m a history nerd so that shouldn’t be a problem. I hope you are all keeping safe. Thank you for your comments. Remember. We are a community and will get through this together.

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.

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