I have had something special made for you all. A respite from all the terribleness going on right now. How would you like to spend 1 hour in one of the most beautiful places in England? Read on for more.
It’s going up on two years since I’ve been back to Britain. I miss it every day. Things are in a completely different perspective with the advent of Covid-19 now that no one can (or should) currently travel to Britain. It doesn’t look like foreign tourists will be able to return until at least 2021 and even now that’s looking optimistic.
It’s going to be a while until I can go back.
And I miss my special place – Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, Dorset- every day. I miss the golden sunlight. I miss the birds. I miss the breeze of the Blackmore Vale. I miss the sounds of a small English town as it goes on throughout the day. I want to go back. I can’t go back.
So, I’ve done the next best thing. Our Anglophile Zen videos we released a few months ago struck a chord with everyone, and that got me thinking. I didn’t have one of Gold Hill itself. And I wanted one.
Thankfully, I know a guy.
I commissioned local photographer Stephen Banks (@dorsetscouser on social media) to venture up to Gold Hill (when it was appropriate to do so) in Shaftesbury and set up his shiny new 4K camera with some high-quality microphones and record 1 hour in the life of Gold Hill. He did this on a recent Monday morning before the town was too bustling.
I had this done mostly for me because I needed it. When Stephen sent me the finished video on Monday, I was immediately transported to Gold Hill. The audio he captured is amazing. You’ll hear birds, the sounds of a town waking up, the occasional hello to the cameraman, sheep, wind. Church bells tolling the time. Footsteps on the cobbles. The sounds of the English countryside, from there right to your ears, wherever you are. And he captured the video in glorious 4K video, the only thing better is actually being there.
I’ve watched it now several times, and also had it on in the background while I work and it’s done wonders for my mental health. It’s not just seeing Gold Hill such wonderfully shot, it’s hearing the sounds. So, enough enjoying it all on my own, I’m releasing it now for everyone, for free.
It’s a small thing, but I hope it brings everyone a small bit of joy amongst all this dome & gloom.
The 4K video is massive – over 20gb in size. I’ve uploaded it to YouTube in full and if your connection allows, you can watch in 4K resolution. The quality is so good, it’s like being there. Load it up, put some headphones on and disappear to Gold Hill for a bit. Watch it as much as you want. Watch it on a loop as I do. It’s available for everyone on our YouTube channel here. If you have a smart TV, you can watch it there as well.
I’ve also set up a dedicated website that does one thing – plays this video – you can view it at GoldHill.TV. There you can also find desktop and phone wallpapers of the images Stephen also shot while there that you can have for free. You can also order prints if you like.
Many thanks to Stephen Banks of WatershedPR in Dorset for shooting this for us.
Would you like us to commission more videos like this around England? We’re considering it, but these cost money to produce. Would you be willing to chip in a few bob to help pay for it? YouTube advertising would not cover the cost of something like this (which is why this video has no ads on it). Let us know in the comments!