Coronavirus – Northern Ireland #19

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…

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.

26 thoughts on “Coronavirus – Northern Ireland #19

  1. The Burger King looks good. In my state in Australia, they have closed our regions and I am rural. No BK for us. This is about week 5 for me. I am losing motivation. Sending love.


    1. I always if the international version of Burger King and McDonalds and places like that are made the same way.

      The Drive through windows are open in our country at most of these places but usually go to full restaurants that offer delivery.

      You are right there will be a different normal once we get through this.


  2. The days pass I guess we are up there for weeks too by now, I’m in Australia. We have far less drama then much of the rest of the world just hope it stays that way.
    Great you got Burgers and I think dogs everywhere are loving isolation of humans


  3. I’m sorry I missed your Facebook event. I’ll pay attention so as not to miss the next one. Your BK photos made me hungry. We have open drive thru here but I’m still afraid.


  4. My grandpa and I went to Wendy’s yesterday and the line was long too. We had to wait about 20 or 30 minutes to get our food. I miss my friends. I can’t wait for this lockdown to end.


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