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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...