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Last year we had such a good time at Somersault Festival - you can read my top ten highlights here…

So we were eager to return and this time lots of friends and their families came with us…

but so did some terrible weather!

There was vast amounts of rain… I’ve never seen so much mud! especially where we were camping, it was like mud soup – not fun!

Fortunately we had one day of sunshine and the full festival spirit was enjoyed!

Some of my highlights were… (as it’s best not to focus on the lows of the mud…)

Bombay Bicycle Club – What an amazing set with guest appearances by Lucy Rose and Rae Morris for my favourite songs!. Our boys weaved their way to the front of the stage to experience it all fully – they said it was incredible – I wish I’d been able to see their faces, but I don’t think my ear drums could’ve taken it.

Other music highlights…

Passenger – What a cool dude, held the drenched audience mesmerised with his humour and singalong songs…. Same goes for Jimmy Cliff – it was pouring with rain during his set, but he got everyone smiling and singing. On Friday night, the sweet sounds of The Staves was delightful and uplifting.

Plenty of childhood games – A whole grassy area for games kept us amused and the children busy – three legged & sack races, hold the balloon, relay races with a leek and kick a ball with a long dangly thing between your legs – Hmmmmmm….

And a huge game of musical benches – with the elimination dance and “Elimi-naaaa-shoon” sung over and over again!

High fives to the team running all the events, their energy and general good vibes and humour was a pleasure to watch.

Hanging out with friends… As the boys are older now, they spent most of the festival experiencing it by themselves – they’d go off in small groups and order their own food, play volleyball and buy too many sweets! plus make a little cash on the side, by collecting cups to be recycled – 10p a cup turned into a profitable business.

They had a great time with their mates and us adults (and the younger children) listened and danced to the music.

A good time to be had for all.

The people watching wasn’t quite as good as last year – I guess the weather meant not as many wonderful costumes and dress up time… but there was still plenty to feast the eyes on…

Here are a few more of my favourite frames in the sunshine & rain…. thanks Somersault 2015!

All photos & films shot on Canon EOS 5DM3


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August 6th, 2015 at 1:47 pm


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I was feeling the autumn blues creeping in, coz I’m missing the hazy days of summer.

It happens every year and I’ve found the tonic – relive my favourite summer moments through films and photos!

I did it last year and it really helped.

So when the rain poured down earlier this week, I revisited my half finished film of Somersault Festival and completed it. Somersault was one of our highlights of the summer… my top ten favourite moments are here.

Watching this transports me right back there… the feelings wash over and the greyness of the clouds over head seem to fade away for a while.

(Some of this footage made it into our film of summer adventures)

We had such a good time as a family there. The music, the activities, the location and the food. We saw some of our favourite artists perform, while lazing in the sunshine.

I’m so happy it’s been announced that Somersault will happen next year… Is it too early to start counting the days?!

Making this kinda of film is a gift for me and my family. It’s a virtual Time Capsule – brimming with memories that are great to watch, even though only a few months have passed – imagine how good it will be next year, or in two years or beyond.

You can make your own films like this… I share all you need to know to get creating in my online course Creating Time Capsules.

The final round in 2014 starts next week and I know not everyone has the means to take part, so I’d like to offer TWO spaces in a little giveaway…

Just leave a comment here and tell me what memories you would like to film and I’ll pick a couple of random winners on Wednesday (to announce on Thursday), just in time to begin.

Easy peasy…

All the best! x.


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This weekend we packed up the car, left behind all the full cardboard boxes from our recent house move & all the busy-ness of late… Just to play, dance and sing in a field… just like I had wished for on my birthday list (#11)… it was super brilliant!

Somersault is a new festival, in the grounds of Castle Hill Estate in Devon… the site was beautiful & we were excited by the line up.

For three days we hung out as a family, lounged on the grass watching people and the various entertainment on offer, listening to music, taking part in activities, and laughing and singing our hearts out. It was the best!

My top ten memories of Somersault -

1 – Cosmo is a magician and musician. He’s a huge fan of Ben Howard, who was head lining and closing the main stage on Sunday. We got tipped off that Ben was staying alongside us in the Boutique camping field… We all hoped there would be a chance Cosmo could meet him.

On the last day, we were hanging outside our tent, when we saw Ben at the coffee truck. Cosmo sneaked back into the tent & prepared the card trick he was going to perform. And then with so much bravery, (I thought I was going to burst with pride) he walked alone to Ben Howard and said “Hey, do you want to see something cool?” And just like that, he baffled Ben with his trick, got his favourite card signed and was completely thrilled! Nice one Ben, for making our boys dream come true.

2 – The colours and the light… Flags and bunting a plenty, brilliant signage and vibrant colours everywhere. The sun was bright and beautiful. I was in heaven. (It did rain once, but soon passed, and it wouldn’t be a British festival without a little rain.)

3 – The Bearded Kitten team performed eccentric lawn games. They had us in stitches daily, with the best commentary/banter with the crowd, encouraging games of musical hay bales, three legged egg ‘n’ spoon races, to jelly wrestling and much more. We loved it.

4 – Boutique camping – the joy of the boutique field is marvellous! A tent is ready pitched for you, there are showers & toilets exclusive for the field. A charging tent and a coffee/tea van each morning was a lovely bonus, plus the guys & girls running the field were so adorable and certainly kept the festival vibe flowing with their sparkles and giggles. A HUGE thanks to Hearthworks for making it possible for us to stay there.

5 – The music… oh the music. One of the main reasons we chose this festival. Plenty of our favourites – Ben Howard, Fink, Half Moon Run, Annie Eve and a few new performers rocking their stuff on the Communion & Jack Wills New Music stage. Singing along with thousands of people is an incredible feeling!

6 – People watching is always fascinating. All dressed up and fully embracing the festival spirit, with feathered hats, covered in glitter, colourful wigs, bountiful sequins, top hats, animal tails, hot pants, tutus, face painting – the list goes on.

The mix of people was interesting too… from families with young children, I even saw a baby that could only have been days old, to groups of young men and women, to older folks in their camping chairs. The blend worked so well, as there was something for everyone…

The wonderful thing I noticed was the collective energy of togetherness. Everyone on a quest to have a good time, be present and connect with those they love and what they love doing. The bonus of no phone signal was no one was on their phones… it was really noticeable and rather fantastic!

7 – Activities… To be honest, we only took part in a tiny amount of what was on offer, we could’ve spent a week there! The boys loved the slack lining & surf board practice. We watched others on the trapeze swings & swimming in the river…

8 – The food & drink. Plenty of choice from pizzas, to Indian & gorgeous burgers, falafels, green juices and the best coffee martini, apparently. We missed out on the long table feasts, but I bet they were incredible. Maybe next time?

9 – Family togetherness. You see, a lot of the time we go away with other families… This is beneficial to us all, adults hang out while the children play. But it often means we don’t see our boys. This weekend we had quality time together, no distractions from life… We danced, laughed and chatted so much as we hung out together.

10 – My head dress… made by the lovely Ellie at Feathered Fantasy… her creations were everywhere at the festival. I added the piece to my hat and even though it’s not something I would wear often, I had such a lovely time wearing it embracing the festival experience.

Wow, we’re still riding high from the delights of Somersault, even with the exhaustion… can’t wait to do it all again soon.

All photos shot on Canon EOS 5D mIII – Learn how to make GIFs (the moving photos) here.



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July 24th, 2014 at 8:00 am