The lockdown blues have got to many of us - but one man has been enjoying a loughdown paradise on board his boat at one of Northern Ireland's most beautiful locations.
Gerard 'Maco' McIntyre has been moored up at the Round 'O' jetty in Enniskillen since the Covid-19 lockdown began two months ago - but the 63-year-old is no stranger to self-isolation, having been living on board his 40ft canal barge, named after his late sisters, for the best part of 13 years.
"I feel sorry for those self-isolating for real during this pandemic but this is my life - this is what I have been doing for years," said the Fermanagh man.
"Am I lonely? God, no. I am happier now. I have no money, I have no mortgage, I have no pressures," he told Sunday Life.
In 2007 he downed tools at the quarry he worked at for 20 years and bought a boat to relive his childhood memories of exploring the historic lake and its many islands.
"I gave up a normal life for a change in direction. I used to play on this lough as a kid and having this boat and this way of life has taught me many things. It has reminded me of what I need and don't need, especially now.
"A lot of people are stuck in flats and houses right now. I am not. Lough Erne is my place and I feel guilty that I am enjoying the quietness and calmness of it all when others can't and are having to cocoon."
On board is a kitchen, a bathroom with a shower and a double bedroom, which has now been taken over by his 12-year-old daughter, Jennifer.
"I've been removed out of the bedroom and I sleep on a sofa bed in the galley. It does me fine. I listen to Radio Ulster from morning to night; from Nolan right through to whatever is on in the middle of the night. I don't have a television but I keep up to date with what's going on."
Due to the restrictions, Maco has been trying to home school his daughter during the lockdown but as the single parent is computer illiterate, she has been "pulling the wool over my eyes", he laughs, explaining that the pair have been enjoying painting, reading and talking, as well as watching the sun go down.
"You realise living on a boat, even during Covid-19, that you don't need as many material things as you think you do; you only need a room to stand up in or lie down in, a toilet and a place to have something to eat or a drink.
"It's lovely sitting on the jetty watching your kid with the water up to her waist as the sun goes down in the background. That's why I packed everything in, for memories like this," he said.
Family, he says, is very important to him. He cherishes each moment spent with his daughter but is also reminded of his past and the loss of his two sisters.
"The boat is called Honora B; Honora was my eldest sister's name. She died when she was 49. The 'B' is for my youngest sister Brenda who died when aged 45. It's my tribute to them; it was my way of coping with their loss," he said.
Maco thinks of them when he's on his boat and since the outbreak of Covid-19 has been reflecting on life even more than before.
"When they talk about this disease you think to yourself, how did it happen... It could take many more lives which is why people need to be listening to the politicians and sit tight," he said.
"That's what I am doing; I am going nowhere.
"But when the lockdown is lifted I will be back on Lough Erne, my open road, to explore its beauty once more," he said, flashing a smile through his white beard, knowing that even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise again."