Jonnie Irwin expressed his delight with the renovations to his home over the weekend as he gave his fans an update amid his battle with cancer.
The TV presenter, 49, had just six months to live when he was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, which had spread to his brain, in August 2020.
In recent weeks, he has taken the time to update his home, sharing photos and videos of the progress online with his social media followers.
On Sunday, he took to Instagram to post images of wood panels he had put up under the roof outside.
He captioned his post, “On a strict budget, we could only use this material sparingly, but I love how it looks. Everyone who visits our home will be immediately invited to view and pay homage to the magnificent cedar soffit. #cedar #houseporn #renovation.’
He added: “It looks impressive the way it is, this cedar, but you don’t bring out the rich colors until you put oil in it.
“Then it gets so much richer and apparently there is going to be an extra layer or two.
“So not only is he protected, but he looks so much better. I’m shocked.
Last month, Jonnie gave a heartbreaking update amid his tragic battle with cancer.
The presenter had just six months to live when he was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, which had spread to his brain, in August 2020, and publicly shared his prognosis in December.
During an interview with The Sun, Jonnie said: “I’m weak now, fragile and my memory is terrible…but I’m still here.”
Jonnie then explained: “I tried to play football with Rex the other day and I was in goal and couldn’t get near the ball.” It was so frustrating.
“I’m very sporty and suddenly it’s like… it felt like it was my first time trying my hand at football. I felt like a grandfather. And that broke me a little.
Jonnie lives with his wife Jessica, 40, and their three children – son Rex, three, and twins Rafa and Cormac, two, in Hertfordshire.
During the interview, Jess recalled the moment Jonnie came home and told her of his terminal diagnosis: “He couldn’t stop apologizing. He kept saying ‘sorry’ over and over and I kept telling him it wasn’t his fault.
She added: “I think I still deny a lot of things if I’m being honest.”
The father-of-three was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2020 and had months to live.
The TV presenter initially decided to keep his illness private but then went public a year later.
Jonnie recently opened up about his condition saying he is trying to make as many memories as possible with his wife Jessica and their three sons.
It comes after Jonnie said he planned to record video messages so he could always talk to his beloved wife and three children after he passed away.
Jonnie presented a segment on digital legacy on Morning Live earlier this month and left hosts Rav Wilding and Kimberley Walsh with “goosebumps”.
The Escape To The Country host said he “takes every opportunity” to provide his wife Jessica and their three children with a bright future when he is gone.
After watching a segment about how a woman battling stage 4 bowel cancer records a short clip every day for loved ones to watch when she’s gone, Jonnie said he plans to do the same.
“It’s amazing to think that I too could talk to my wife and children after my death. My diagnosis cost me a lot, but it gave me the ability to prepare.
Reflecting on his own actions so far, Jonnie said: ‘I have a lifetime of memories and while over the years many have been stored online and while I put my things in order Since my diagnosis two and a half years ago, I haven’t given much thought to my digital legacy.
“I’ve posted thousands of photos and digital images online, but when I die I have no idea what will happen to those images.”
Host Rav said in the studio: “I have goosebumps. Such a powerful movie from Jonnie. I think this movie is a real reminder of all the practical things you can do.
Kimberley: ‘It’s heartbreaking. I think creating special memories with your loved one can be as simple as sitting down for a Sunday roast.
From Lutterworth to Lanzarote: How ex-estate agent Jonnie Irwin’s TV career took off after beating hundreds to present A Place in the Sun
Born in 1973, Jonnie Irwin grew up in Bitteswell, Leicestershire and attended Lutterworth Grammar School and Community College before becoming an estate agent.
In 2004, Irwin was selected from hundreds of applicants alongside co-presenter Jasmine Harman to present Channel 4’s A Place In The Sun – Home Or Away. The property program was a surprise and widely syndicated hit. . Irwin also regularly presents the BBC’s Escape To The Country and To Buy Or Not To Buy programmes.
In January 2011, Sky 1 aired Irwin’s own show called Dream Lives for Sale, in which he helped people leave their lives in the UK to buy their dream business.
Later that year he launched a new series The Renovation Game which aired weekday mornings on Channel 4.
Apart from presenting, he is also commercial director for Judicare, which describes itself as a “specialist law firm providing clients with legal advice on all matters related to overseas property”.
Irwin married Jessica Holmes in September 2016. Together they have three sons and lived in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, before moving to Newcastle.
On November 13, Irwin was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. He told Hello magazine: “I don’t know how much time I have left, but I try to stay positive and my attitude is that I’m living with cancer, I’m not dying of it.”
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