It seems like a lifetime ago now, but last year from August until the end of October we up rooted our steady but happy lives in Devon and headed 6000 miles away to a very special place.
We – Mont, myself, Isla and Molly (aged 5 and 3 at the time) travelled to Santa Cruz to film a documentary exploring what it is like to live on the Galapagos islands – to be part of the culture and to immerse ourselves in the incredible wildlife we’d so far only ever seen on television.
It was a huge opportunity for us as a family to spend three months together – in a totally unique and inspiring setting – surrounded by cloud forest, with giant Tortoise as our neighbours and a new world to discover.
Over the next few weeks I’ll post diary entries written whilst we lived on Santa Cruz and travelled to San Cristobal, Floreana and Isabella. It is an honest account – sharing both the wonderful highlights and the harder times. Filming and working with a 3 and 5 year old, wild creatures, equatorial sun and language barriers was definitely challenging. But we have made some amazing memories – and hopefully a thought provoking, warm and at times funny documentary about the realities of life in the Enchanted Isles.
We hope you enjoy it.
My Family and the Galapagos – airs 28th July 8pm on Channel 4