Updated: Nov 8, 2021
SO. Week four. A very busy week considering it's not supposed to be. So busy in fact that this blog post is four days late and I am cringing at the though of having to sit here and write it! But, it's important to me, so here we go!
Eden started the day with some school work, he had to design a book mark and write a book review. Mummy helped and they both seemed to enjoy this task together. Whilst Dannielle and Eden were busy, Ivor napped on me and Zephyr had a good 'YouTube session.
After this, Zephyr and myself set up a game of 'hide the bananas, ready for a FaceTime call with Grandma and Grandad. Zephyr directed this game and told them exactly which ones they had to choose...and of course, he won. They were in the snail shell of course!
We all enjoyed our lunch together at the table after this. This has been another nice positive during this lockdown. Eating three meals a day together at the table. A simple but lovely experience that is important for any family.
After dinner, I had my first Zoom meeting with my work colleagues from college. It was really nice to see everyone at once and have a proper chat. My team are really lovely and I couldn't ask for a better bunch to work alongside.
As this took some time, by the time I had finished it was tea time and time for the daily news updates. Today was focused around the rise in fatality rates and the 35% drop forecast for our economy.
This morning Eden and Dannielle chose to write a poem about the lockdown and map out our family tree as part of his school work. Zephyr got in on the learning experience for around ten minutes by working through some of his numbers book. He then decided to play with the duple for a bit whilst Ivor napped and I made some adjustments to last weeks blog on my laptop. I also managed to contact a couple of students and get a good update with things.
After I finished the work I was doing, I helped Zephyr to build a castle. Our castle was so impressive that even Eden couldn't wait to get in on the action.
Elevenses today consisted of jam on crumpets. Yum! Captain America is proving popular with Zephyr at the moment and he wants to order the big version of his shield. He needs another £1 to order though...
Zephyr then checked on the tadpole progress. We decided that we have too many for one container so we're getting another tub. I will have to buy some bottled water though because we're aware that tap water will kill them.
Before dinner, the boys continued to play. I had introduced Zephyr to the AR games on his DS and he was doing a great job at solving the puzzles by using his camera to find hidden dragons within our coffee table. He found this really magical and really enjoyed it. It's probably the first time I've really seen him master a computer based game or puzzle.
If you're wondering how I got this awesome effect...I shot the photograph through a duplo window!
Zephyr (and Dannielle) managed to wrap up some presents for their cousin Rowan and the boys both made lovely cards. Rowan doesn't live far away so we're going to head down later and deliver them to his doorstep (whilst social distancing).
Zephyr spent the next hour with Dannielle in the kitchen learning how to make a Bolognese! He seemed to enjoy doing this and was asking lots of questions from what I could hear!
This little dude got in some serious wagon time and I made sure he was surrounded by his favourite toys. He loves that Duplo pineapple that you can see him chomping on!
Dinner time. Eden and Zephyr had a good 'chocolate surprise' courtesy of Dannielle. Half an Easter egg each! Ivor destroyed his Bolognese. This kid is such a good eater, he will literally eat anything and not stop until it's all gone!
Nothing too revealing today on the news update. Death rates still increasing and the same old questions are being asked...with the same answers that don't really answer anything.
Tooth brushing club...
Sleepyheads just before bedtime.
We woke up to another lovely sunny morning. Eden had a bit of school work to do so I got Ivor to sleep whilst Dannielle helped him get through his tasks. He had to design a family crest and complete a couple of computer based tasks. Zephyr was also keen to 'help'...as you can see!
Eden's family crest consisted of Porridge Club, Kindness, Adventure, Music, Brothers, Animals, Family and Playing.
After checking my emails, I found a message from a local news website called 'Helston Nub News' asking if they could feature me in an article to promote the 'Front Porch Project' I had been wanting to do. This article was brilliant for me, it really helped to kickstart my project and I spent the day intermittently replying to people and organizing a couple of shoots for tomorrow.
After the work was done, it was time to get some air. I took the boys over to the field for a kick about and a some scooter time!
The weather was glorious. The boys had a great play together and everything seemed almost idillic for a short period.
On the walk home, we noticed that the local playground was locked up and featured these signs on the gates and climbing frames...
When we got back. I walked through the door and instantly realised that I had left my camera hung on a tree in the field where we were playing football. I legged it back across the field to get it and it was gone. I looked everywhere, waited a short while and asked people if they had seen anyone with it. Nothing.
At peak of panic mode, Dannielle suggested trying Facebook to see if anyone had posted about it. I posted on the 'Helston' group and within minutes someone alerted me that it had been found and who to get in touch with. Wow. Faith in Humanity restored!
I picked up the camera of the lovely man that had found it. He had been jogging and noticed it there after we left. He had seen me playing with the boys there so he knew it was mine. I felt very lucky! I informed him that if he ever needed a photographer, he knew where to come, no charge.
Today's new update confirmed what everyone already knew. Lockdown extension of three weeks.
After getting the boys to sleep I came downstairs to find this happy chap playing with Mummy.
Tonight is the weekly 8pm clap for our key workers. I decided to visit a different part of the estate and get some more photographs of people clapping on their door steps. Here is my set...
Today started with another well attended porridge club and then a bit of a rush to get everyone sorted because I had to go out and shoot a couple of my first 'Front Porch Project' portraits.
Here are my first couple of portraits that I have shot. Instead of featuring this work on this blog each day, as it's something I will be doing regulally, I will simply be referring to it instead of posting all the portraits. I will leave these ones here so that you can get a bit of an understanding as to what I've been doing. Each future reference I make will also link to the current full gallery here.
After shooting these, I picked up a 'click and collect' order for my parents and delivered it to their doorstep. It was nice to see them in the flesh and they had kindly included a couple of extra bits for us to keep. This included beer.
When I got home, I treated Zephyr to a bit of 'Ben and Holly' on my laptop and found Eden upstairs chilling on his bed, watching a DVD and also playing his DS. What a legend. Is he a teenager already?!
Zephyr then caused the usual toilet based chaos. I managed to get this cheeky little shot of him which to be honest, completely sums him up today.
After bath time, the boys had an hour or so downstairs with us to relax, we forgot to watch the daily update. They don't seem to be delivering any particularly crucial information anymore so I wasn't really that bothered anyway.
This morning all the boys had a good play. Eden and Zephyr were busy playing with their Marvel figures (we're up to Black Panther now - Eden's new favourite). Zephyr I anxiously awaiting his surprise gift from Grandma and Grandad. Eden received his a couple of days ago, a new Beast Quest A-Z of beasts. They played very well together for most of the morning which meant I was able to entertain Ivor after his morning nap and Dannielle was able to deep clean the upstairs!
I charged up Zephyr's Leappad today to see if it still worked and it did! He enjoyed re-discovering this and the massive amount of games that Eden had collected that he was no longer bothered about...until Zephyr was.