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365

I’m doing a 365 project for 2015. I have to take a picture each day – that’s all. Sounds simple. You can see how I’m getting on at Flickr or on my 365 page.


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Moss Nativity 2014

It’s that time of year again. Presenting, hopefully for the last time ever, the annual Moss Nativity – 2014.

2013, 2011

Euro Road-trip 2014

We did another long (2,250 miles) road-trip this year after Clare’s 40th – Portsmouth (via the Shaves just before they moved back to Munich) to Bilbao on the two-night car-ferry, then a drive over to Barcelona for a few nights camping and seeing some friends who moved there last year, followed by four nights camping by some great beaches on the Costa Brava. We drove through France, staying with some friends for a few nights in the Dordogne, before finally turning up in London in time for the RideLondon 100-miler on the Sunday.
2014-route-with-ferry
The ferry wasn’t quite as much fun as the train to Italy last year, but I’d do it again. We got on in Portsmouth late on the Sunday night, and disembarked in Bilbao early on Tuesday morning. We watched dolphins jumping as the sunset, although the kids were more interested in watching How to Train Your Dragon 2 in the cinema. The open-air seawater pool on the top deck was fun as the boat rolled on the waves.

French PlaitCabinBilbao Sunrise

We camped for the first two nights at Castelldefels just south of Barcelona. From there we met up in Sitges with some neighbours, Carlos & Carina, who moved to Barcelona last year. After a hard day’s pedalloing, Laurie went back to their flat for a sleepover with their daughter Emilia and we took Indie back to the campsite where the kid’s party (from four-years old) started at 10pm.
The next day we met Carlos & Carina, Emilia, and Laurie at the mountain-top abbey of Montserrat for some hiking and ice-creams.
The GirlsIndie in MontserratLaurie Summits MontserratCarlos, Emilia, Indie, Pip, Barn, Carina

Next stop was a four-night stop camping by a chain of gorgeous little beaches further up the Costa Brava, by Sa Riera. We kayaked (once – I burst it the second time!), swam, ate more ice-cream, and did proper beach holiday stuff.
Platje de Tamariu 1Platje de Tamariu 2Platje de Tamariu - LauriePlatje de Tamariu 3Cliff JumpingDadReluctant to leavePlatja de Sa Riera


After that we said goodbye to the Mediterranean, and started the long drive north. We spent the afternoon at the ruined mountain-ridge Cathar castle of Peyrepertuse, then camped just outside the beautiful medieval town of Carcassonne.
Indie in PeyrepertusePip, Laurie, IndieCarcassonne ArchCarcassonne Walls 2

After a day looking round, and more ice-cream, we drove up to the Dordogne for a few nights with V and her extended family – and one night in a bed, the first since the ferry.
V's Extended FamilyPip, Indie, SunflowersPip, Laurie, SunflowersBrown Cows

The last night was a brief stopover at Le Chartre-sur-le-Loir, where the girls found (not the real) Madeline’s House, which delighted them.
Le Pêcheur De La Chartre-sur-le-LoirMadeleine

Finally we got the Eurotunnel back to Folkestone, spent the night with Sally & David in Deal, and back to London on the Saturday afternoon. A great trip.
As usual the photos are on Flickr.


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Update!
A couple of videos I found on the waterproof camera as well!


Pip not sliding off a pedalo in Sitges.


One of several octopuses I found while snorkeling at Tamuriu.

Dorking, Dorset, Exmoor (Devon), Devon!

We made another British road-trip in August. This year we concentrated on the D’s and E’s – namely Dorking (lunch at David & Jenny’s), Dorset (camping at Golden Cap near Lyme Regis), Exmoor (North Devon, staying with Sian & Charles at Emmett’s Grange), and finally South Devon (in a big house near Salcombe).

Camping was with April & Paul & Freddie & Arty – where we celebrated Indie’s birthday by taking her new inflatable crocodile (thanks Jo!) for a dip at Lyme Regis. It was cold, clear, and photogenic, with great sunsets and stars. We caught mackerel for the barbecue from a boat.

WH686 Milky Way over Campsite Lyme Regis Seaside Fun 3Laurie & Olivia

Mackerel Fishing 1Paddling 1Indie's Birthday 2Perfect Pint

Exmoor was beautiful and the huge farmhouse was filled with Sian’s extended family. We had a dramatic day at the steep steep village of Clovelly (too steep for one old lady, who cut her head wide open after a fall, and needed some help from us). We had a walk from the house, and Laurie and I extended it with a hike to the top of the moor.

ClovellyExmoorExmoor StagLaurie On The Top

The house in Salcombe was full of Williams (including Jo, over from Sydney), and extended family and friends. We hired a chef in for the Saturday night, spent a day on South Sands on kayaks and paddleboards, and had an incredible lunch at the Oyster Shack. All beautiful and lovely, apart from the Bank Holiday Monday where it chucked it down all day and we spent nine hours on the A303.

WetsuitsSun loungesBoys on a wall 1Rock

As usual, more photos on Flickr.


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Indie Is Five

Indie’s fifth birthday was marked by a pirate party a few days beforehand at The Old Mortuary (Time and Talents) in Bermondsey.


Elsa & Anna Grandma 2 Pirate Party 2

On her actual birthday a few days later we were camping in Dorset with Jo & Alex & Olivia, and April & Paul & Freddie & Arty.

Indie's Birthday 2 Sisters Indie's Birthday 1

Five!

The climax was a memorable Frozen tribute from Indie and Holly.

More photos on Flickr.


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RideLondon 86

I finished the RideLondon 100 86 on Sunday. The organisers closed the two hill sections due to the horrendous conditions so we only did 86 miles, but it was still pretty hard work. I was at the Olympic Park before 7 for my 8am start time, and it only rained a little on us as we stood in our holding pens. Around 9:30 I was in Ham and the rain really started, and it didn’t relent for about three hours. Once the sun came out I buckled down and put some speed on and was happy with my time of 5:49. I was also very happy with my sponsors who gave enough to trigger an extra £250 from RBS (thank you!).

If you’re interested, the ride was really well organised, and the last part in the sun, where the crowds came out and the atmosphere built up, was brilliant. I’m entering the ballot for 2015 on Monday.

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sponsorship

 

See my event photos on marathon-photos.com.

This is getting serious

With only two training days left before the Prudential RideLondon 100-miler, I needed to make them count. I thought I’d check out the big hills we’ll be facing, so today’s ride was Rotherhithe – Richmond Park (2 1/2 laps) – Box Hill – Dorking – Leith Hill circuit – back along the A24. 87 miles (139 km) in around 7 3/4 hours including stops, over 1,170 metres of climb, and 6,300 calories!
surrey hills

RideLondon 100 Miler

As a target for my rehabilitation, I’ve entered the Prudential RideLondon 100-miler. It’s a 100-mile cycle ride from the Olympic Park out to Leith Hill and Box Hill, then back to London to finish on the mall. For the almost two months I was in my leg-brace I lost a lot of leg muscle, a lot of flexibility, and a lot of fitness in general. Building up the distance I can cycle has been difficult – so far I’m up to around 65 miles, so I’ve still got some way to go.
Before After
Entering this ride is the motivation I needed to get out every Sunday and work my way up and down the hills of the North Downs, which is exactly what my knee needs.
I’m riding in support of the Spinal Injuries Association, for whom I’ve run two London Marathons. They, and I, would be enormously grateful if you can sponsor me to complete the cycling equivalent. Thank you!
justgiving

Somerset House Fountains

Pip was away for a weekend, and I looked after the girls. We (they) spent Saturday afternoon gradually turning blue in the fountains at Somerset House.

Somerset House Splash 7 Somerset House Splash 10 Somerset House Splash 6

We went there last year as well – this time I remembered the swimming costumes.

Somerset House Fountain 4

On the Sunday I had tickets for a ship-tour of the Royal Navy flagship, HMS Bulwark, at Greenwich. It’s a huge assault ship full of marines, helicopters, guns, sailors, and more vehicles. The entire back hinges down to flood the internal welldock, which harbours two landing craft, each packed with more boats and vehicles. The girls thought it was OK but really only loved the Oreos in the ration packs.

HMS Bulwark Welldock HMS Bulwark Helmets

And finally a birthday party!

Girls 2 Sexing a dinosaur? Angela's Party 2

As usual, all the photos are on Flickr.


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