It’s our sixth week in isolation. In some ways it has flown by, in others an excruciating drag. The lockdown will continue for at least another two weeks, as the U.K. death toll now sits at over 16,000. There have been 207 confirmed deaths in Northern Ireland although current figures don’t include deaths within care homes and the wider community. The true figures are much higher and there is increasing pressure on our government to produce more accurate statistics.
On Sunday I participated in a Facebook Q&A session about my writing. I talked about how it all started, my future plans and read an extract from ‘Skelly’s Square.’ I think it went well and want to thank those of you who took part and submitted questions. I shaved and put on ‘proper’ clothes for the event which shows how seriously I was taking it. I’ll probably do more of these in the future so keep your eyes peeled for further announcements.
The kids resumed their home schooling yesterday after the Easter break. Hannah is writing an essay on going to Dublin to see her pop idol, Shawn Mendes, in concert last April. Rebecca is researching the history of Manchester United’s women’s team; and Adam is studying a topic in geography that is much too complicated for me to explain to you all here. It passes the day for them and keeps them on top of their studies for when school hopefully resumes.
Fionnuala ventured out shopping yesterday and returned with a Burger King meal for us all after some of the drive throughs reopened. The queue was ridiculously long and they had sold out of most things by the time she placed her order but we were all very grateful, nonetheless. As is Charlie the border terrier, who has never had as much attention and walks of late. If normality ever returns it will be real shock to the system. If…