84 Days Later (part 5)

Well what a week that was! If you’d have said to me at the beginning of 2020 that by mid-March we’d in full Coronavirus lockdown and unable to go past the front gate I’d have brushed it off. If someone then said four weeks into that lockdown you and your family would be on Granada Reports (twice in one week including once ‘LIVE’ from your dining room!!) and receiving birthday messages to Alfie from Ant & Dec, James Corden, Hugh Jackman and Stephen Mulhern etc then I’d have laughed in your face! Well it did actually happen and this is how it all came together…

Here’s what I wrote in part 2 of my 84 Days Later blog!

Alfie’s 6th Birthday

Well! If you read the transcript above from the second of my Isolation blogs, you’ll know that’s when it all began but it started very slowly. In my last blog, Be Like Bambo, came my Bruce Lee moment (as it’s now known!). I bent with the wind and boy did it work! My sister, Janine had also been emailing many celebrities such as Joe Wicks, Paul Hollywood etc but she’d also contacted our regional news programme, Granada Reports.

Breakthrough

Victoria Grimes, a TV reporter from Granada Reports (or Grandad Reports as Mila-Rose and Alfie call it!) contacted her to discuss the email she’d sent and she said it’s the kind of story that would bring a smile to peoples faces during these dark times. We had our first conversation with Victoria on Wednesday 15th April to see which celebrities Alfie (and Mila-Rose) liked. Ant & Dec were mentioned as well as Stephen Mulhern, Mr Poppy from Nativity. James Corden was also but mentioned but as he was in L.A. it probably was a bridge too far. At that point though we had more chance of getting a message from Archie the Donkey from Nativity!

Mr Poppy (right) with Nativity 2 co star, David Tennant

w/c Monday 20th April

On Monday, we discussed with Victoria the details of the Skype interview that was planned for Wednesday. I took a few shots of Mila-Rose and Alfie in their Toy Story outfits that would be used in the report. These were sent to Victoria to use in the edit in the hope that maybe a few regional celebs would see this and maybe do a message. At that point she’d been in touch with the ITV press office who contacted the likes of Ant & Dec, Stephen Mulhern, members of the Nativity cast etc. They were still a long shot.

By Tuesday, Victoria had unbelievably secured messages from Stephen Mulhern (which she said was very special) and Catherine Tate. Everything seemed to be coming together. She’d also managed to get through to Ant & Dec’s agent but she pointed out that it wasn’t a given. As things were moving along, it was still in the back of my mind in regards to James Corden. Alfie was watching him more and more that week on YouTube, I’m not quite sure he fully understands his pranks but he just laughs and laughs at him! That day we also received an amazing message from all the players and coaching staff at Leigh Centurions, it was arranged by our good friend and Alfie’s mate, Gregg McNally or Greggles as Mila-Rose and Alfie refer him as! I honestly couldn’t get the grit out of my eye after watching that video!

Wednesday came and by lunchtime we’d done our Skype interview with Victoria. It was very funny, as we now knew she’d secured Stephen Mulhern’s message she was trying to prompt Alfie into talking about him and his show, In for a Penny. Firstly, by asking him what his favourite TV show was, Ant & Dec he replied! Same again having secured Catherine Tate, she asked what his favourite film was aside from Toy Story – he replied with PlayMobil – The Movie! You couldn’t make it up! During the Skype interview, I received an email notification from Marc Wootton’s agent. We now had a message from Mr Poppy from Nativity!

By Thursday morning I was on the phone to Fulwell73, the agency of James Corden. I was now confident we could get something (I think Victoria also had the same feeling as she said she’d sent an email to Hugh Jackman’s agent!). I had also sent a tweet to James Corden but I wasn’t that confident of him seeing that as he has well over 10 million followers on Twitter! I messaged Matthew McNulty to let him know I’d contacted Fulwell73. He replied to say that he’d text one of his mates who was in Gavin and Stacey, an actor by the name of Andy Knott. We were now as Matthew said “attacking him from all sides”. Then at 5.07pm came the message of all messages! I pressed play on the WhatsApp video message. the sound of a male voice singing Happy Birthday and the camera panning round to reveal… JAMES CORDEN!!!!! WTF!!! I couldn’t stop smiling, inside and out. A sense of just pure joy! I immediately ran upstairs to show Louise, we both looked at each other in shock but the feeling was just amazing! I just wanted to show Mila-Rose and Alfie there and then to see their reaction but that would just spoil the whole surprise. That evening everything just snowballed, we started to get messages from footballers Emile Heskey, Jermaine Jenas, Robbie Savage, Robbie Fowler, Jason McAteer, Adam Lallana, Leon Osman and Chris Kirkland. All but one of these were courtesy of our good friend, Gail Ashton, she had kindly fundraised for Alfie in the past. Her brother-in-laws brother is ex-Liverpool player, Stephen Warnock. He had brilliantly rallied the troops to get pull all these messages together. We have amazing friends who are just so kind and will always go out of their way to help. That evening we also had a call from Victoria, we would be on Granada Reports on Friday – LIVE!

The moment we received James Corden’s message!

Friday came and the nerves were jangling! We were going to be on live TV, God knows what Alfie would come out with! At lunchtime the line up was fully complete, Victoria had got the messages from Ant & Dec! We now had the Birthday Dream Team! Just 4 weeks ago, we were worrying how we were going to tell Alfie his Toy Story birthday party was not only cancelled but he also wouldn’t be able to celebrate it with all his family and friends. Now he would be on live TV having celebrities wishing him a Happy 6th Birthday! We went live and Alfie received messages from James Corden, Ant & Dec, Mr Poppy, Catherine Tate, Laura Tobin, Charlotte Hawkins, Ben Shephard, a personal message from Hugh Jackman and Stephen Mulhern. In his message, Stephen took it to another level and invited Mila-Rose and Alfie to have a FaceTime call to play the Stopwatch game! So so surreal. Everything was wrapped up and after the show had finished Victoria suggested we watched it back. There was a 10 second delay on us watching it so we had to mute the TV so we could switch back to face the camera. Also, Mila-Rose and Alfie were so ecstatic we didn’t really hear any of the messages due to their screams of joy and excitement! We watched it back and I could feel the emotion getting to me, by the time the James Corden message was on the screen I’d left the room as I was in bits. A mixture of joy, relief, emotion and pleasure had hit me all at once. 4 weeks of putting this together and I’d exceeded all my expectations and more. I looked across at Victoria and she just said I want to give you a great big hug but as she and Simon, the cameraman were outside on the patio they were unable to enter the house. I just about managed to pulled myself together to make sure Mila-Rose and Alfie didn’t see me trying to get the grit out of my eye once again!

Alfie’s actual birthday!

This was almost as surreal as the previous few days! We were up at 5am as Mila-Rose and Alfie were so excited! Presents were opened, lots of food/sweets were consumed and we even had a little street party thanks to a visit from Louby Lou! Alfie then had a virtual party with our family and friends, he absolutely loved it! During the party I had a phone call from a number I didn’t recognise, I rang it back later it was only Stephen Mulhern! What a lovely guy and true to his word! I explained that Alfie had been up since 5am and had a lot of excitement the last few days and he just said I’ll FaceTime you whenever is best for you. He didn’t have to do that but he did and we played the Stopwatch game on Sunday morning. He was just amazing with Mila-Rose and Alfie! A real down to earth guy who just wanted to do something special for our family.

Mila-Rose’s winning moment during the Stopwatch game!

I’m so proud of what I’ve achieved and I’ve given our family and friends a memory that will definitely last forever. From the moment of Alfie’s diagnosis, my/our aim has been to try and make the worst case scenario into a positive. My main target for this project was to first and foremost make Alfie’s 6th birthday as special as possible and with the help of our fantastic family and friends we’ve achieved that. I also wanted to raise awareness of his condition, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and given one phone I’ve had already this week it looks like that could well be achieved in the coming days. I’m not a medical expert, I won’t ever personally ever be able to find a cure. My aim when I started Action4Alfie was to make sure people knew about DMD and that no parent went through what we went through at the time of diagnosis. If just one of these high profile celebs can stick with us and maybe help in anyway then I’m sure someone of great importance may just stand up and take note. So that’s about it really, I know I’ve gone on a bit but this blog is now documented for both Mila-Rose and Alfie to look back on in years to come and if someone asks them what did you they do during the Coronavirus lockdown of 2020. They’ll say “Well, let me tell you a little story…”

Stay Home. Stay Safe and try to create something memorable this week!

Kieron

#DuchDad

84 Days Later (part 4)

Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.” Bruce Lee

This quote from Bruce Lee has been my inspiration this week. It came up on my CALM app during one of my meditation sessions. We are all guilty of thinking too much. Scared of failure that we spend our lives trying to approach a problem from just the right angle. Bruce Lee obviously believed in just cracking on. Not by being reckless, but coming out of your comfort zone and trying to make the best of a situation at hand.

Bamboo is quite incredible. It grows very fast particularly during the rainy season with much of the growth occurring underground. It may not look as impressive as the thick oak tree, yet it can withstand the harsh extremes of cold and hot. Most notably, it remains firmly rooted in the ground as it sways gently in the wind. Even if it seems to be bent over under the weight of bad weather, it usually pops back upright. So, be like bamboo. In your professional and personal life, choose your battles wisely. Compromise when it doesn’t go against your core beliefs. Allow for the growth to happen under the surface. If there is a lot of pressure, pause in order to not break. Whether it seems like a breeze or a storm, flow with situations as they change. Constantly assess new information as it comes in. Stay grounded in your values while understanding that flexibility is a sign of strength. I did a little research into the quote and found the above transcript on http://www.power-living.com

#HappyBirthdayAlfie

My Bruce Lee approach to our Action4Alfie social media #DuchenneAwareness campaign now seems to bearing fruit. Although, I have to say it’s been a tough old slog so far and the amount of tweets/DM’s I’ve sent has probably put me into the stalker category! For those of you that may not be aware of the campaign, here’s a brief explanation… It’s Alfie’s 6th birthday next week, as we’re in self isolation we’re unable to host a party for him with our family and his friends. Your children’s birthdays are important whatever your situation but since Alfie’s diagnosis we try to make them extra special and create the most amazing family memories. In the past for either Mila-Rose or Alfie’s birthday we’ve either been away on holiday or we’ve had memorable parties for them. This year although the circumstances are unprecedented it wasn’t going to stop us. It’s all about turning a negative into a positive so we’re hosting a virtual Toy Story party with our family and friends. We’ve ordered lots of Toy Story party decorations which Alfie is very pleased about and all his friends will be dressing up! This was then followed by my lightbulb moment! Whilst sitting at the end of Alfie’s bed after bedtime stories with him and Mila-Rose, the idea of a social media campaign for Alfie’s 6th birthday, Duchenne awareness and Stay at Home message (originally it was Wash your Hands). It was destined to work!

Alfie’s Virtual Party invitation

For those of you on Twitter, you’ll know that the #HappyBirthdayAlfie #DuchenneAwareness #StayHomeSaveLives campaign is well underway. I’ve tried everyone, tweeting the likes of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Prince William, Piers Morgan, James Corden (as Alfie loves watching his pranks on YouTube!). Basically A listers to Z listers and back again. Most to no avail and the frustration started to grow. Then came the Bruce Lee moment and like the bamboo, I paused in order not to break. I reevaluated and decided to use the resources I had access to, why I didn’t do this in the first place I’ll never know. Actor, Matthew McNulty (Deadwater Fell, Versailles, The Musketeers) had helped us out on quite a few occasions with our fundraising events, he very kindly read a story to the children in the audience at our screening of Toy Story. I messaged him to ask if he could help out and the next day his video message was in my WhatsApp inbox closely followed by videos from Ben Batt (Our Girl) and his wife, Rebecca Atkinson (Shameless) and Andrew Gower (Outlander, Carnival Row,Miss Scarlet and the Duke). Matthew will also appear in an upcoming episode of Doctor Who and we’ve also received a message from the Doctor herself, Jodie Whittaker! How amazing is that???

6 is the magic number

Louise (my wife), previously worked with (Lady) Sarra Hoy, the wife of six time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy. Sarra has been very supportive of our work to raise Duchenne awareness and has kept in touch via Twitter. She is also an ambassador of the charity Bliss: For babies born premature or sick. I got in touch with Sarra in regards to what we were doing and she and Chris sent their message over this week. Six definitely is the magic number! Check out the videos and share the hell out of them on our @Action4Alfie pages. Links at the bottom of this blog.

I’ll continue this week in my pursuit of getting more messages. My aim is to simply just make people aware of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. I do believe we could be just one retweet away from it reaching that all important person who could work with one of the Duchenne charities to guarantee access to the right care, to improve research and maybe even one day find that all important cure.

This is not just for Alfie, it’s for the whole Duchenne community.

Remember Be like bamboo.

Stay Home. Stay Safe. Social Distance.

Kieron #DuchDad

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84 Days Later (part 3)

Happy Easter peeps! What’s the best way to make Easter easier? Put an “i” where the “t” is! I hope you’re all staying at home getting ready to raid the cupboards and the fridge on this glorious bank holiday weekend. I mean it’s not like you’ve not been doing that for the last 3 weeks is it??? I walked past my fridge last night and I could’ve sworn I heard two onions singing a Bee Gees song. When I opened the door it turned out it was just the Chives talking!

I’m here for 12 weeks, well another 9 in fact, not that I’m counting down!

So in a week that started with Boris Johnson in intensive care and ended with him playing Sudoku and watching Love Actually followed by Withnail and I, here’s what happened in our #SelfIsolation world that we now relate to as Salesways or Alfcatraz! (As you can tell the dark sense of humour is accelerating!).

Hash Monday

The week started off with the delivery of our government food parcel. It’s becoming quite famous on a Duchenne Dad’s group that I’m a part of, as Monday’s are now known as Hash Monday! The parcel is a mix up of Fruit, Veg, Tinned products etc and includes a tin of Corned Beef, Potatoes and Carrots. Perfect ingredients for a bit of Corned Beef Hash. This week I decided to go with the American version and served it with some ‘over easy’ fried eggs (minus the carrots). The problem that arose for myself was the key was missing on the tin. Now I don’t know about you but I never find it easy to open a tin of Corned Beef at the best of times but without a key it’s different gravy. I set about it with the tin opener and you’ll never guess what happened? The tin opener broke! So for the past week I’ve been opening tins of tuna, sweetcorn etc by puncturing around the edges of the tin with the sharp end of the tin opener. Thankfully my cousin, Trish did a bit of shopping for us this morning and got us a new tin opener. I know exactly what you’re thinking, how rock ‘n’ roll is this self isolation malarkey!

Hash Monday!

That was the week that was

This week we’ve set about several tasks around the home to keep us occupied. Cupboards/Drawers cleared out. Clothes sorted. All those extra coat hangers gone. Next on the list was the garage clearance. Before #Coronavirus was upon us, we were at the closing stages of finalising the adaptations for our home. These were due to start in the Spring. For the time being the adaptations are on hold but our existing garage at the rear of the house is to be knocked down and replaced with an extension that will become Alfie’s bedroom and wet room for when he is older and no longer has the same mobility he has now. At the beginning of the adaptation process, I can only describe it as preparation for a horrific car crash. You find yourself going to a showroom looking at height adjustable baths, self cleaning toilets and the rep from the company is asking you questions that you either can’t really answer or just feel sick at the thought of imagining the day you’re aiding Alfie to use the equipment. The garage isn’t used for the car, it’s a storage hub that when you clear it out you just think how the hell did all that fit in there! Skip hired, garage almost cleared and another job almost done!

#ClapForTheNHS

Thursday’s have now become the day we thank all the UK’s key workers by clapping at our front doors at 8pm, in particular for all the amazing frontline staff of our NHS. As the weather had been nice we decided to do a spot of gardening with Mila-Rose and Alfie. We had some blue and pink stones in the garden so Louise, Mila-Rose and Alfie had done some love hearts in the front garden with the stones so the idea came into my head to make an NHS logo in the middle of them so we could show our appreciation. Here’s the end result…

Mila-Rose and Alfie with their #ClapForTheNHS garden display

Social Media Questions

On Saturday, I did a post requesting for anyone to send any questions in to me that they’d like me to answer. The questions came in thick and fast!!! So here’s the answers!

  1. My nephew Finley asked How many laps of the garden was my 2k walk? The answer to that will be revealed on my next walk as I didn’t count!!
  2. Our good friend, Susan G asked if we were still getting dressed up as she didn’t think we had any slobbing gear! Sorry to disappoint you Susan but it’s t-shirts, joggers and shorts only during self isolation. As for the quality date time, it’s like being on an all inclusive holiday for Louise as it’s a la carte meals all day, everyday! We’re using the evenings to Netflix and chill as when you have 2 children like ours it’s literally that! Sit down and watch a boxset plus we’re experienced social distancers!!!
  3. Another good friend, Paul asked if the beard is past the itchy stage. I think that question was for Louise so I’ll check!!! Seriously though, it’s actually at the stage now where usually I’ve always given in and had a shave. I’ve bought myself some beard oil so if I get to the end of next week I think I’ll surpass the itchy stage. By the way it has many colours but its predominantly salt and pepper or distinguished as I like to call it!!

I’ll leave it at that for this weeks isolation installation. I’ve got 2 Lamb Shanks in the slow cooker that need attending to!

Stay Safe. Stay Home. Eat Chocolate. Be Merry.

Kieron

#DuchDad

84 days later (part 2)

Happy Groundhog Day!

Is anyone actually keeping up with what day it is? I think it’s the weekend but I’m actually not quite sure, each day just slowly blends into the next one. What I wouldn’t give to go for a walk/run and see the view pictured above. I think once this is all over we’ll certainly appreciate the things we take for granted. The choice of which joggers to wear and whether to shave my ‘isolation’ beard off is becoming an overwhelmingly difficult daily decision! Oh the joys! The main thing is though we’re all safe and healthy so that’s all that matters at the moment.

Home Schooling

Home Schooling has taken a bit of a dive this week, everything seems to start off really well in the morning. The focus is there from Mila-Rose, Alfie not so much. We break for lunch then playtime then seems to last the rest of the afternoon! Absolutely no interest whatsoever and by 7pm they’re both asking to watch a film!!! Errr no, it’s bedtime soon and you’ll be off upstairs to get your PJ’s on!

Routine

As I said, Alfie’s been taken out of his routine and boy has it shown! Most boys with DMD have learning or behaviour difficulties. DMD is not just a muscle disease. The disease is caused by a genetic defect that influences the development of the muscles AND the brain. Children with DMD are missing a protein, called dystrophin, from both their muscles AND their brain. Without dystrophin in the brain, some areas may not function as efficiently, and this likely results in the observed learning problems that children with DMD have. If a brain develops without dystrophin it may not transmit information as efficiently as a normally developing brain. This lack of efficiency may impact upon the coordination of cognitive information; that is to say, Alfie may have difficulty processing cognitive information in a quick and coordinated manner, something that might be rapid and effortless in other children. As such, Alfie has difficulty when trying to process information which requires coordination of multiple pieces of information. For example, trying to process a set of instructions with many pieces. A possible real life example: We’d ask Alfie “Go upstairs, brush your teeth, put your PJ’s on and get into bed.” We’d then go upstairs and find he’s put the PJ’s on the bed. He didn’t do as he was told, but he feels he has, because he could only “get” part of what was said and knew it had something to do with PJ’s and bed. He can understand the parts of we said, it’s when it’s all put together that it is just too much. (Information source: Parent Project UK)

Boys with DMD have difficulty discriminating speech sounds. Alfie makes sound substitutions in his speech and has difficulty repeating verbal sounds accurately, and then finds learning to “sound out” words problematic. We have an Amazon Echo at home, but instead of ‘Asking Alexa’ he says ‘Balexa’. In general, the children with DMD show reading difficulties similar to those shown in children with dyslexia or reading disabilities, and often cannot tell some sounds apart from others.

Put this into the context of taking Alfie out of his usual school routine and trying to Home School not just him but Mila-Rose. To be honest Mila-Rose will actually sit down and do some of her school work and she’s an excellent reader and very creative with her writing. Maths needs a little bit of work but it’ll come to her in time. Maths was never really my strongest subject at school but through life and work experience you get by. You can imagine what the last 10 days have been like. It’s made with myself and Louise even more astonished as to why his EHC plan isn’t in place yet and the fact that he requires access to a one to one and repetitive learning. His attention span for each subject is roughly 10-15 minutes at the most then his focus waivers. This will lead to frustration and that then leads to behaviour where we encounter a massive meltdown and sometimes an aggressive nature which is very distressing. We have now decided that we’ll learn Alfie through play and use activities that will enhance his fine motor skills. He loves painting/drawing, cutting and sticking, jigsaws/puzzles, dancing/singing so I think this will be a positive way forward for the next 10 weeks. Don’t get me wrong it’s not all negative, Alfie is a very loving and sociable boy the majority of the time. His rote memory is exceptional, he’ll remember a place or memory from 2 years ago like it was yesterday! He can remember large chunks of information, like conversations from movies, words to a song etc. He’s a very comical little character and he doesn’t half make us laugh with some of the things he comes out with. He also has a little bit of an operatic voice when he sings so who knows where that will get him in the future.

Happy Groundhog Day!

See what I did there!! This week has been very tough mentally, last week was great as the sun was out and we could do school activities outside. Video calls were all the rage and the whole self isolation thing was a bit of a novelty. Week two has really been a wake up call and I hope this isn’t the shape of things to come. The last couple of days, I’ve been doing some Binaural Beats sessions on Spotify and also downloaded the CALM app on my phone. It’s a kind of stress relief meditation exercise. The first one was that good I fell asleep! I restricted myself to 20 minutes the next day! I think I will partake in some laps of the garden, perhaps 200 laps might equate to a 5k run. Even my steps have been well down on my Garmin. I’ve also been trying to focus on various Action4Alfie projects to keep me focussed. Later this month is Alfie’s 6th birthday and sadly we’ll still be in isolation. We were dreading the conversation with Alfie that he wouldn’t be able to have the Toy Story 4 party he’d planned but he actually took it quite well. We softened the blow by designing some virtual party invites so he can still share his birthday with his friends on Zoom. He’s now on countdown and asks every morning how many days it is until his party!

Alfie’s 6th birthday

So anyway, I decided to come up with a little social media campaign for Alfie’s 6th birthday. I’ve invited people to leave a video message on his social media pages and at the same time try to help raise awareness of Duchenne and the #StayHomeSaves Lives to protect the vulnerable. Now, when I have these ideas I visualise the perfect scenario of ‘A’ list celebrities getting wind of it, wishing Alfie a Happy Birthday and raising much the needed awareness of his condition. I actually even went as far in my head imagining having a video call ‘live on Good Morning Britain’ with Piers Morgan discussing how I came up with this amazing campaign to make Alfie’s birthday extra special. It would be followed later by a video chat with Holly Willoughby!! Well we can all dream!! (You see what self isolation does to you, we’re not even 2 weeks in!). So anyway I went ‘live’ with the campaign and let’s just say it’s taken off very slowly!!!! https://twitter.com/Action4Alfie/status/1245301561716355072?s=20

Unfortunately during these unprecedented times, people are more interested in sharing viral videos/memes of people doing stupid things whilst in lockdown! Frankly they are just becoming a little bit boring! I find it really frustrating when you’re passionate for people to see what you’re trying to do doesn’t come to fruition the way you envisaged it. Then again, maybe social media is a place for other people to escape from the real world. Imagine if one of David Beckham’s kids had Duchenne or say, Prince George was diagnosed with it? We’d all be reading about it, social media would be an outpouring of grief and everyone would be commenting how awful it is. We’d all know all about how it affected them and their families. The support network would be there and I’m sure the standards of care would literally change overnight. Now you may think I’m just feeling a bit sorry myself and maybe I am but this is what you come up against in terms of trying to make people take note. I’ll keep plodding on, I won’t give up the fight and I certainly won’t stop trying to raise awarenesss. My drive and determination will always be there and it will take just one high profile person to share or retweet a post then it will snowball!

Weekend luxuries

It’s now Saturday afternoon and we’re trying to make the weekend, feel like a weekend. During the week we all sit down and eat together which I really do enjoy. Tonight though we’ll eat when the kids have gone to bed! We’ve ordered in our luxury items tonight, it’s going to be like when they all sit down for the big feast on I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! I’m having Rib Eye Steak, Chips, Asparagus, Mushrooms and Peppercorn Sauce washed down with a nice glass of red. Louise is having a Chinese banquet, hopefully there won’t be any bats present! I’m looking forward to relaxing and having a drink tonight. I think when you’re in this isolation situation, it could be quite easy to fall in the trap of having drink every night. By week 12 though you could have a massive problem that wasn’t there at week 1 and we certainly don’t need anymore problems in our life so it’s a weekend tipple only for us. Once I’ve devoured my Steak, I’ll be ‘heading out’ to catch up with my mates on Zoom. I’ve found this really good to wind down and have a sense of normality, it’s good to see familiar faces and to chat or have a moan about the week gone by.

Which reminds me, earlier this week we celebrated our 8th Wedding Anniversary. I looked into deep Louise’s eyes, my heart fluttered, I felt a connection, something deeper, something magical, I was transported to another place and I thought, blimey these binoculars are brilliant!

I’ll leave it at that for this weeks isolation installation!

Have a great Groundhog Day!

Stay Safe. Stay Home. Stay 2m apart.

Kieron

#DuchDad