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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Isle of Wight » Newport April 23rd 2019

After the football disappointment of yesterday, it was good to see more bright blue skies and warm temperatures as I woke. The weather wouldn't get in the way of the evening plans. The Outlaw and other olds were off to knit and natter in the next village of Seaview. We arranged to meet them for lunch later and went out for a walk. Seaview is the local millionaire's row. A mix of huge houses front on to the bay. There are those that retain the traditional Edwardian residences and others where demolition has been the order of the day with the architects being given licence to go all Grand Designs thereafter. If you have a couple of million to spare, there could be a house for you. The school holidays had mainly been the 2 weeks ... read more
St Helens Mill Wall

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Isle of Wight » Newport April 22nd 2019

It had been a fairly uneventful and straightforward journey down to Southampton. I don't particularly relish a 300 mile drive these days, but the trip was as good as it gets. The blistering temperatures had seen the rush for the coast start early, so by the time we were skirting Winchester traffic was light. The M27 was a bit of a race track as usual. The Hamphire drivers like nothing better than to get their foot down. We took the city centre route through Southampton, which was largely closed with it being Easter Sunday and arrived at the Red Funnel terminal 2 hours ahead of schedule. Alas, the 1400 hours sailing had just slipped away from the berth. We swapped the ticket and were pretty much first in the queue for the 1500 hours crossing. The ... read more
Newport Minster
Quay Street, Newport
Quay Street, Newport

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Isle of Wight » Seaview December 29th 2017

It was a far cry from my usual Christmas haunt. I sat in the pub on the edge of Bembridge. The sea was yards away. The beer garden tables comes with stunning views out to sea, but not today. The sea fret was rolling in towards the cliff. Portsmouth had been visible as I walked up, but not now. The concrete fort from the days of the Napoleonic wars stranded out in the bay was coming in and out of vision. I observed events near the bar. It was warm and cosy. There was a choice of 4 hand pulled bitters to choose from. I knew I wouldn't like the price before I ordered, but it is the South I said to myself..... and it is Christmas. I was tempted by the Isle of Wight brewery ... read more
St Helens

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Isle of Wight » Yarmouth September 5th 2017

I sat on the deck at the yacht club and surveyed the view. I had a pint of very passable real ale in hand, which was going down nicely. The boats bobbed gently in the marina. The water was flat calm. There wasn’t a breath of wind. The dinghy racing was turning out not to be the greatest event. The lack of wind meant what racing there was, was strictly at very low knots. It eventually ceased and a series of boats were slowly towed back to their berths by friends with motors. The sun was gently setting, but still contained some warmth. I took another sip of my ale and thought I could get used to all this, before venturing back into the clubhouse for my meal. There had been an interruption to the searing ... read more
St Helens
Bembridge Lifeboat Station
Brading Haven

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Isle of Wight » Ryde August 29th 2017

The bus crawled down Union Street towards the sea. The scooters from the weekend festivities had mainly left town and the place was returning to normal business. The odd Lambretta was left and I snapped a nice example down by the pier a few minutes later. A clothes shop had removed the real 1960s Lambretta window dressing and the drinkers were going about their early morning business in the Spoons. I alighted at the Bus Station. A healthy crowd was waiting to board the Island or Downs Breezer open top summer special buses. I crossed the railway line that feeds passengers straight out on to the Pier to link up with the cat to Portsmouth. Three hovercraft laid dormant next to their terminal. There was no sign of an imminent departure across the water. Portsmouth and ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Isle of Wight » Cowes August 28th 2017

They asked me at work, "When is your next foreign trip?". "Does the Isle of Wight count?", I replied. The answer was negative, but it isn't mainland UK so I think that was a harsh assessment. The sun was beating down, as I surveyed Southampton harbour. A seriously big container ship pulled in alongside, as the Red Funnel ferry slipped from the mooring and headed towards the island. The yachts slipped effortlessly between the larger craft, although you can imagine the novice getting far too close in the busy shipping lanes. The Man in the Middle texted and said enjoy the peace and quiet. Cowes looked as prosperous as ever, but that would wait until tomorrow and we headed to our accommodation in St Helens. The Other Half was coming to visit her relations. The road ... read more
East Cowes
Cowes Sports FC v Newport (IOW) FC

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Isle of Wight » Totland May 14th 2016

Winchester Cathedral is a Church of England cathedral in Winchester, Hampshire, England. It is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe, with the longest nave and greatest overall length of any Gothic cathedral in Europe. Exbury Gardens is a famous 200 acre garden in Hampshire, England, which belongs to a branch of the Rothschild family. The Rothschild's house at Exbury is a neoclassical mansion which was built around an earlier structure in the 1920s. We had to have hit the gardens at its peak, as everything was gorgeous. It worked out great, as we arrived just in time to catch a ferry to Isle of Wight with minimal waiting. We got situated at the Totland YHA, got a recommendation for our Pub dinner, and get a long hike in along coastline cliffs before dark. Tennyson Down ... read more
Ferry to Isle of Wight

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Isle of Wight » Ventnor November 9th 2014

My name is Bella and i am about to move country from a tiny island called the Isle of Wight, to the French Alps, Morzine. Im going to be a chalet 'girl'/ worker (y'know for the PC people out there) and try desperately to avoid breaking anymore bones, getting a 'chalet bum' and learn how to ski! With 18 days till i get on the coach to France, i've been getting the same three phrases said to me anytime my imminent journey comes up in conversation. 'You must be SO excited!?' "You must be VERY nervous' 'I'm SO jealous' It's getting a little....well. Repetitive answering these people back.... Now, don't get me wrong I'm extremely excited to go, and extremely nervous to be moving country too! (I've lived away from home before but only across the ... read more
Ventnor Beach
Morzine-My Destination
ME in headband

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Isle of Wight September 12th 2014

Mon 8thSeptember Motored from Poole to Yarmouth on Isle Of Wight (IOW) . 0615 departure in order to catch the tide up at the needles as the current rushes out through the channel. Not enough wind to sail fast enough so had to motor all the way – in the end we just made in on the turn of the tide...sometimes we were only going 2.5kts, but that was only for a short time, mostly averaging 3kts for the last 30mins. On arrival we were allocated a berth on a ‘non-walk ashore’ pontoon. This costs the same amount as a mooring buoy outside the harbour. We were very fortunate in our timing as we got the last free space for the day. Boats continued to come in and some left as the tide changed and current ... read more
Big season for spiders in UK
On the tour bus

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Isle of Wight September 8th 2014

9th - 14th Isle of Wight - Yarmouth and Cowes... read more
Morning visitor
Open top bus tour
great views

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