It’s easy to entertain the kids when the sun shines! Managed to pass two hours feeding the ducks, playing in the park and looking at the world go by.
I’ve spent the last few months getting back into running. Not easy when your time is precious, the weather freezing, and you just keeping picking up your kids’ colds. So to give myself motivation, I entered the Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon. It definitely motivated, but didn’t solve the problem of having no time! I ended up on the start line nonetheless and was pleased with my effort (seems my lack of quantity was compensated by running home with a heavy bag a few times a week).
The race was tough, with the middle section sapping energy as the hill seems to last forever. But get past that and there’s usually brilliant support at the top. This year, the very excellent Bloco Fogo were beating some very loud drums. Brilliant motivation.
They also played at the start lane, and as I had my phone with me, I filmed a few minutes. I got a bit carried away and almost missed the start of the race. Next time, I run, I think I’ll have a go at making a video of the run itself (although it won’t be as fun as Bloco Fogo!)
I had sole responsibility for a bath, bottle and bed tonight. First time during the week. It wasn’t easy. The meltdown started at 5:45. I normally paint an airbrushed picture of my family, but just for once, here’s what it’s really like in the Peters’ house. Turn the volume down.
Quick answer: I had Jetpack installed and it was serving my images from wordpress servers and not my own.
I’m no Wordpress expert, but I know a few things about hosting. This little blog was running way too slow for its size (and that it’s hosted by the ever speedy unitedhosting!) So I set about deleting plugins, themes and just about anything I didn’t need. And there was a lot to remove – the usual curse of tech over substance. Nothing seemed to impact. And in the midst of this cleanse, I realised all my pictures seemed to be hosted on a different website (if I clicked on them, it took me to a page starting i0.wp.com/. It seems when the Jetpack plugin is installed, and you used the mosaic gallery, images are served from the Worpress Content Delivery Network (CDN). Which is odd.
Jetpack was the last plugin for the chop, and after hitting the kill switch, my site suddenly starting responding much more quickly. As my sites mainly made up of images, it was the pictures hosted on the CDN that were slowing things down. Which is the exact opposite of what should be happening. So the lesson learned? Don’t use Jetpack if your host is super quick! Also, I’m not sure I like the fact that wordpress were uploading my images to their server (I’m sure it’s covered by the terms I didn’t read when I installed Jetpack).
It’s probably not the safest place to take photos, but a great big window provides our stairs with the perfect light! Kids always find it a giggle to look down at grown ups, so it’s normally the perfect place to take a portrait of our two. These a a few of the latest shots. I really should make a better background though!
Don’t mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance, and my kindness for weakness.
I love it when a chance encounter leads to something more. After watching my Team 309’s Brand Hatch video, I was asked me to put together a season review video for the CSCC. It’s a collection of onboard footage and stuff filmed by the teams that tells the story of the 2014 season. Great fun putting it together for the club, which got a great reception at their end of year dinner. Thoroughly recommend anyone interested in motor racing to go to one of the 2015 meetings. The noise from the special saloons is incredible, and there’s some great racing throughout the series. It’s also great getting up close and personal with the teams and their cars in the paddock and the pits.
I normally spend more time reading about tech (or buying) than actually using it. So every now and again, I like to make do with the bare essentials, particularly when it comes to video. It reminds me that it’s not the tech that I enjoy, but filming and editing. And more often that not, you have fun instead of stressing over what lens to use, or that your steadicam isn’t quite balanced. And that’s important when you want to capture your kids having fun!
So rather than lug around a bag full of camera gear. I just took my phone out to film in the park. Nothing fancy, I just want to record my 3 year old scooting (she’s finally got the hang of it). Now I’m not saying it’s a master piece, but for it does show you can make do with what you have. Of course, I’ll still spend hours drooling over new camera gear and thousands on equipment (after all, the more you buy, the better you are ;-)).
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a cheeky mulled wine at an xmas market. The Southbank Christmas Market is always a great visit, with a huge choice of food and warming spirits. There was a little train track this year that our three year old loved (but wasn’t quite long enough to justify the expense!). We ended up sipping mulled cider in a little cider house, which doubled as a perfect place to sit and feed two little kids.