Bex’s Bank Holiday triathlon, and hitting the coast in the van!


Bex on her bike!I'm used to early alarm calls when I'm working during the week, but a five o'clock start isn't usually so welcome on a Sunday morning.

Over the Bank Holiday weekend, though, I was up with the larks and the first rays of sunshine to support Bex, who was taking part in her second-ever triathlon, upgrading from her first a year ago by doubling the distance to the Olympic challenge of 1500m swim in a lake, 40km on her bike, finishing with a 10km run.


Yes, you could say she's a touch mad, but someone has to support her, so there we were! She was just doing it to enjoy it (yes, definitely slightly bonkers) and as a personal challenge, but she did incredibly well, finishing fifth of all the women competing over the same distance.

The sun was out (the only time over the whole weekend) and we were in a lovely country park so we really didn't mind the early start.

The previous weekend had been lazy all the way. What a wonderful weekend of weather it was; Olley and I had had a long-time plan to take our motorhome to Exmouth to visit some friends, one of whom was celebrating her birthday. It was the perfect weekend to camp at the seaside. We were able to park in a car park right by the marina on the entrance to the Exe estuary, paying the nightly charge to the man in the fish shop around the corner!

With my Barney on the beachDogs are allowed on the adjacent low tide beach so Barney was happy too. He loves getting his feet wet and chasing waves, although at fifteen next month he is slowing down a bit.

A highlight of the weekend was the birthday lunch we shared with our friend Alison. She had booked the Captain's Table in a stunning boutique pub/hotel in Babbacombe, and we sat above the beach with wonderful views.


We basked in the afternoon sunshine, sipped champagne and ate delicious locally-caught fish. It felt as though we were on holiday somewhere totally exotic. I suppose we were, in a way!

Our fab birthday lunchIt makes me think how lovely it would be to live somewhere near the coast – there is something special about seeing the sea when you wake up. But at least, with the motorhome, I have the luck to be able to change the view at weekends, and explore new parts of our lovely country. I find a new favourite place every time I go somewhere new!

I hope you've managed to get away recently, even if it's just for a meal in your local pub garden!


Take care


  1. jo pocock May 29, 2014 at 10:10 am -  Reply

    Kathy can i ask what make is the dress you are wearing ,it is lovely and you look stunning in it.

  2. Barbara davies May 29, 2014 at 11:10 am -  Reply

    Just watched your holster shoe programme. You looked lovely.
    What jewellery range was your bangle from?

  3. Kathy Tayler May 29, 2014 at 10:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jo
    Thanks – that dress is one of my favourites. It’s by Ronen Chen, item number 119573. It is more expensive than many of our dresses, but if think it’s well worth the money because it is different to anything I have seen anywhere else. I always feel good when I wear it. If you get it, I’m sure you will too!
    Best wishes

  4. susan May 30, 2014 at 1:58 pm -  Reply

    Oh my goodness Kathy! You look stunning in your hour with Joan Collins!! Stunning clothes and face and hair! Even more so than usual! Now I’m going to go off and read about bed. Fab girl! x

  5. Morag Winchester June 1, 2014 at 3:12 pm -  Reply

    I agree about the dress Kathy its beautiful and such a timeles style. If you dont mind me asking, do you just wear a little cami underneath or is it double layered. Thanks. Morag xx

  6. Kathy Tayler June 17, 2014 at 10:31 pm -  Reply

    Hello Morag
    Sorry this is so late – I didn’t see you comment. I hope you read this. The dress actually comes in two separate pieces – a stretchy slip-type knee length dress for underneath and the floaty one that you see on top. It works really well and is very comfortable, but you could put a contrast colour camisole underneath instead.
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

  7. Kathy Tayler June 17, 2014 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    Thanks! Peter, the make up artist who is our guest with Joan Collins did my make up using Joan’s range. And my hair was up using a clip piece from our Hairdo range – it’s so easy! My hair decided not to look good that day and the clip is such a good idea. The East bardot neckline top looks good when your hair is up as it makes even a short thick neck like mine appear elegant!
    Hope you’re well
    Kathy x

  8. Kathy Tayler June 17, 2014 at 10:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Barbara
    Thanks! I think the bangle I was wearing is from Bronzo Italia – it’s one of my favourite ranges of jewellery and I wear it most of the time!
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

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