The Square Peg checks out….The Queen Victoria Cyclocross Race 2019 at Blists Hill!

There’s no doubt that the Square Peg and his family love to live La Vida Loca and this weekend was no exception. So, we dragged ourselves out of the house at 6.30am on Saturday morning and travelled for four hours up to Shropshire so that Matthew and Daddy could take park in The Queen Victoria Cyclo-cross race at Blists Hill Victorian Town. We decided to make a day of it and have a day out in the town.

Just Punch!
The Victorian Grocery Store
How would this bike fair in a cyclocross race?
Edward was most excited to meet Bernie.

Matthew loving the Victorian Merry-go-round

Edward loving the Merry-go-round
On the mine train.
Chips cooked in the finest beef dripping.

Saturday turned out to be BOILING!! So we were melting walking around the town. The thing is, the Square Peg doesn’t seem to be affected by the heat and still ran around like a crazy thing, this meant that we then had to chase him ALL day. Mummy Square Peg was getting a little bit hot and bothered.

A TV series that I really love is Back in Time for Dinner, being able to go back in time and experience the living conditions is an incredible experience and I would seriously love to be able to do that. So I was buzzing that I could experience Victorian life at Blists Hill. I was amazed to see the grocery store, the chemist, the post Office etc. My favourite part of the day was the Victorian school lesson. As a school teacher myself, I was fascinated to compare Victorian schooling to modern schooling. Calling left-handed students ‘misfits of society’ would never be tolerated today.

Starting the lesson with All Things Bright and Beautiful

We sign on for the Cyclo-cross race at 3pm and leave to check into the Premier Inn. By this time Mummy Square Peg was really cranky so I was so relieved to get back to an air conditioned hotel room and cool off.

The Queen Victoria Cyclo Cross Race 2019

Matthew all ready for The Queen Victoria Cyclocross race!
A rare time when Edward sat still.
Being made to sit down because he was sweaty.

We get back to Blists Hill at 5pm and by this time the weather had gone very hot and muggy. Edward and I found a table outside the cafe and I decided that this was the perfect place to watch the race from….Edward had other ideas and thought that it would be much more fun to keep running into the cafe and out of the other side, he must have done this around 50 times when he came to me and said ‘I sweaty.’

Matthew’s race gets under way and oh my goodness it is brutal, some very steep hills, some with steps where he had to get off his bike and push, difficult terrain and fast downhill sections. Matthew did really well and finished in 6th place.

Tough race
Steep downhill section
Pushing the bike up a really steep hill.

Then it was time for Daddy’s race, so not only did I have Edward to chase after I also had Matthew who loves to annoy Edward. So I spent the whole time shouting at them to stop messing around and come back to within a 30 metre radius of the cafe. By this time which was around 9pm I was rapidly losing the will to live (Bit of a running theme going on here…that I was grumpy) Poor Daddy didn’t get to finish the race as he had two punctures….my response….’great! Let’s go!’

Shrewsbury Sunday

Only 15 minutes away from Blists Hill was a road race that we thought Matthew could do. Different weather condition from the previous day, it was a lot cooler and much windier. Matthew was obviously still a bit tired from the cyclo corss the previous evening and finished in 5th place. We went for a lovely pub lunch afterwards and Edward successfully ate a delicious bread and butter sandwich. #winning

Finishing the road race at Shrewsbury
Edward keeping himself entertained during Matthew’s race.
Having a few chips.
Keeping us all entertained as usual.

As you can probably tell from this post that Mummy Square Peg was exhausted from the start so this made me grumpy all weekend. Edward had absolutely ZILCH sympathy for me and he was relentless. I was constantly chasing him round for everything….’Edward, come and sit here’…..’Edward come and eat something.’…..’Edward come and have a drink.’…..’Edward, come and have your nappy changed.’ Every time I have to chase him and physically carry him and this is draining, particularly in the heat.

So whilst it was a fun weekend, the combination of heat, general exhaustion and having to chase Edward around meant that I could have quite honestly done without going. This weekend however, I am looking forward to chilling out at home and trying to straighten house up that Edward likes to destroy.

Shank You Very Much

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. It really looks like a lot of fun! Fun and food and a sunny day – that is what it is all about! #globalblogging xoxo

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  2. Back again, from #dreamteam and it still looks really fun! xoxo


  3. loopyloulaura says:

    This looks like a fun event and location. I can well imagine how exhausted you must have been and hope you got the rest you deserved! Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging

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    1. I just loved the location it was amazing. I was just too exhausted to enjoy it properly. I’ve had restful weekends since so feeling better. Xx


  4. Sounds like you had a busy, but fun weekend. Thanks for sharing with the #DreamTeam great to see you here with us

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    1. Thank you. I just loved the Victorian village!


  5. Bexa says:

    It looks like a great event! I can imagine how exhausted you were though, when it is too hot everything seems like a big struggle! Hope you have had time to relax now, thanks for sharing ❤ xx

    Bexa |

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    1. Thank you! I have managed to get some rest this last weekend. Xx


  6. We have yet to visit here, and now I feel like we haven’t got an excuse being as you drove for 4hrs to get there! I’m glad it was a nice weekend, but poor you I felt exhausted just reading all that! Definitely get you feet up next weekend! #DreamTeam


  7. jade bevan says:

    wow this looks like so much fun!!

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