A few of the 15 minutes of fame ticked off.

Three Peaks Cyclocross Part 1
Part 1 – the video diary

3 peaks cyclocross - video 2
Part 2 – the race

In a slightly odd and certainly unpredictable series of events, I had the enjoyable and very memorable experience working on a video diary with Sam Bailey of BBC’s Countryfile programme the other week. It was all strange in many ways – not least because I’ve worked for the Countryside Commission and then the Countryside Agency for almost twelve years now and have been keen to promote my work on the programme, but when my turn came, it was because of a bike race!Most of the readers here will know of my obsession with the Three Peaks Cyclocross race, a long, hard, mountainous cycling race every September. Every training ride I do is taken over by thoughts of riding the Three Peaks, and part of my obsession has manifested itself in the race blog I keep. Anyway…. to cut a long story short, it’s because of the blog that, when the BBC heard about the race and were doing a feature on the area, they contacted me to do a video diary.I had a great day filming with them (the five hours or so was useful training and mind-preparation!), and the video diary and race were shown on 8th October. Click on the images to the left to watch the coverage, split into two episodes!

Slurping noodles and lounging on a mattress, aged two and a bit.

A ‘found’ video – found this footage and it had never been watched so a very quick editing job.  It proves how valuable video is when you’ve got children.  She’s at such a great age in this footage – a real person but so much less grown up than she is now – virtually double the age in this film.  Simple things in it just make Katie and I laugh.

Lily’s fourth birthday – film.

Just finally got round to uploading the video of Lily’s fourth birthday party to youtube. It’s only four and a half minutes long but is a bit of fun with all her friends from Nursery etc.
   

Olly’s first birthday party

Click HereLily’s youngest cousin, Olly, was one last week, and on Saturday there was a lovely party to celebrate – we also had Fiona (Katie’s elder sister), Jenny and Lucy (her daughters) to stay for the weekend. Lovely time.
See the party video here.
   

A weekend at home – just the ten of us

Click HereA gorgeous, balmy summer weekend with Dippy, Jane and children Libby and Flo. Then James and Katie came on a flying but packed visit from Australia, with Maisy. What a great time – the hottest weather we’ve had since we moved here four years ago – perfect for making memories. See the video here.

A holiday on Islay

Click HereA rain-free family holiday at a cottage in Carnduncan on the isle of Islay for a week. Sunny beaches with a waterproof to keep the wind off! A day trip cycling to Craighouse on the isle of Jura. Fantastic time. See the 10 minute video here.