COVID-19 Lockdown - Week Five

Updated: Nov 8, 2021

This week my 'Front Porch Project' has really taken off a bit. Which has been fantastic, exhausting, positive and time consuming. So I've not taken the usual amount of photographs for this. Next week I will be (now that I'm mindful of it) so expect a bigger post next week.

Day 29

I started this week with an early morning radio interview for BBC Radio Cornwall. They wanted to talk to me about my Front Porch Project. I also mentioned to the researcher that I had proposed to Dannielle, I thought it would be nice to give this a bit of a shout out! You can listen to my interview here (Fast Forward to 2hr 52mins).

After this, I remembered that I had told Dannielle’s Nan that I was going to be on the radio, but we hadn't told them about the engagement yet. Dannielle got a phone call from her Nan's friend congratualting us, so we thought we better give Nanna a call!

I received several lovely emails from people that I know from my time working in a local pub. I worked in The Royal Oak in Perranwell Station for eight years so I got to know the community there really well. I must say, it's a lovely village full of really thoughtful people that genuinely care about each other. Something that isn't a given these days. I still like to keep in touch with a lot of the locals there through email and social media but I do miss going in there for a pint! Big shout out to Lizzie and Tim who run the place too! They're both really lovely and always supported me through thick and thin. If you're ever passing, head in for some food too. Patrick is a superstar in the kitchen and the whole team will greet you with a smile. The beers on tap are always immaculate too, I know how well they're looked after!

ANYWAY. After the early morning interview (and porridge club). We had an hour or two to play with the kids. Dannielle kept Eden busy with some schoolwork, Zephyr enjoyed a bit of Duplo, YouTube and Outdoor play and Ivor had a good kick about on the floor (see below).

Avengers are still a big play theme in our house right now. Eden is currently Iron Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Pokemon Champion, King of Wakanda and a Power Ranger. See...

Zephyr follows suit well but definitely rocks his own vibe...

I spent the next half hour or so, attaching a roof to their 'den' whilst Dannielle made dinner for us. Grandad had given us a camp tarp so this looked awesome! The boys were well happy!

The 5pm News update arrived and we sat down to watch whilst the kids went to play upstairs. More news of an increase in fatalities. Feels like we're hitting a peak now.

Dannielle wanted me to make sure I got a good photograph of her fly treads...

The boys got bored upstairs whilst the news was on and swiftly came down rocking their Avengers gear. I'd had enough of the usual questions anyway so it was a welcome distraction.

This guy seemed to have had enough of the update too...

Day 30

After porridge club the boys all had a good play together. Eden played on his DS for a while and then enjoyed giving Ivor some attention whilst Zephyr was lost in a YouTube vortex of Ben and Holly!

Dannielle is really enjoying having me with my camera around constantly...

There was a knock at the door and we weren't expecting any deliveries so that only meant one thing. Human contact! Auntie Hazel, Uncle Tom and cousin Ziva had come to wish us congratulations and deliver Dannielle a belated hand-made birthday card!

The sun was still out so Ivor got in some wagon time in the garden whilst the boys ran around like lunatics playing Avengers.

A quickness's break for lunch followed by more Avengers chaos...

Dannielle had set herself a new little project, a beautiful little footstool for our bathroom (which I would then later sit on and snap in half).

The weather was glorious still so we decided to get outside for a bit and head to the local field. The boys have nick named their favourite spot 'The Magic Tree', which also happens to be the actual top secret Avengers base. Who knew huh?

After tea, the boys had a quick play upstairs. We forgot to watch today's update but I check my news app on my phone and we didn't seem to miss much anyway. Bedtime was next on the list and I had to run downstairs and grab my camera because this moment of unexpected cuteness presented itself....

10 mins later...

Day 31

Another nice sunny morning! Eden bashed out his schoolwork with Dannielle whilst Ivor and Zephyr bonded over Duplo. Eden had to design a street sign for our road and write a song about our street. I can't remember it all but the chorus wen't something like...'Hooray Hooray for Hawkins Way, Where all the cool kids come to play'. Legend.

I had to run upstair for a Zoom meeting at 11am. Our weekly team meeting for work where we discuss any issues and important information. It's also just really nice to catch up with everyone.

After this, we decided to bust out the inflatable garden pool that Grandma and Grandad had sent us through the post! I then spent the next 45 minutes blowing it up as we did not have a pump. It looked good. It was massive too at 2.5m long! So I went to get the hosepipe and bucket to fill it up had a hole in it. Gutted.

We packed it up amongst the tears and promptly hit up the Argos website to see what was in stock down the road. They had a decent sized one in that came with some inflatables. The boys seemed convinced so off I went to collect it...and a pump!

The pump recommended with this pool did not fit in any way. So 30 minutes later aaaaannnnd...

We then discovered that this one also had a hole in it. The tears began with added screaming. Zephyr was massively concerned that his inflatable turtle was going to be returned and we were pretty certain there were not any other in stock.

I got to Argos where they informed me that they could not return the items due to their new returns policy for COVID-19. I wasn't convinced by this and I think they may have picked up on my frustrations because they eventually refunded me in full for the pool but not the pump for some reason. This didn't bother me really as it was only a cheap one. I then walked into Sainsbury's and found a substitute pool! Third time lucky.

I got home, gleefully discovered the pump fit this pool perfectly and set to work. It inflated and stayed inflated! Hurrah! Time to start filling it up! The boys were in before even a drop of water was so we knew this had been worth the prior trouble...and yes, we did keep the inflatable turtle from the Argos one. Ha. Serves them right.

616 deaths today. A slight reduction which almost seemed positive. What an awful way to look at it eh?

Day 32

Today I was up early as I had been asked to go into work to 'light up' the top floor of our main tower building which I work in. As media/photography instructor and technician this was over to me and the pressure was on. I only had forty five mins to gather any equipment we hadn't loaned out to students, work out how to use the self timers without instructions and get it set up ready to go tonight. I couldn't even check that it was going to work really because it was daytime. I had found minimal lights as we had given a lot of equipment out to ensure our students could produce work whilst in lockdown. I felt pessimistic about it in a ll honesty and didn't really expect this to work very well.

The building felt strange empty. I had to go back to my car to get some photographs because it seemed unusual. It's normally so full of life.