Sunday, 6 June 2010

From one island to another

Smitonius:

My broadband connection has become intermittent, some days I can hop on and others I can't! The engineer's verdict is that the cable has been chewed by animals (foxes, squirrels, and other potential culprits in this urban wildlife hotspot I live in). This has happened before, so it is no surprise. But, this morning, a window of opportunity means that I can blog again.... so a few pics about the bank holiday weekend on the Isle of Wight follows.

We set off from Yarmouth to Lymington:

Braving the deck and its bustling winds. There is something exhilarating about being on the water, even if it is only for about 20 minutes. We hastened to the campsite on the south of the Island, near a pretty village called Brighstone. You have met the camper before, and here she was in her element, the pop-top up to enjoy the warmer weather (a tad optimistc, because there was rain! I felt sorry for those in tents - you should have seen the people wrestling with fly away tents in the wind and rain....):



We were on the edge of the cliff, over this beach:

No dinosaur bones or fossils to be found on this beach, and we had no luck spotting another rare sight in Britain: the red squirrel. We had hired bikes to cycle around the island (given the steep hills - well, to me anyway - we didn't get very far, and I may have been huffing and puffing too much to look out for squirrels). The thing is the invasive grey squirrel has not managed to oust the native squirrels... but I consoled myself with this little chap from the gift shop:


mmm, come to think of it... is this the little critter guilty of eating up my cables?...

And, as the other half was celebrating a bank holiday birthday, we treated ourselves to a local seafood platter:

Now, that alone was worht the trip!

12 comments:

Rattling On said...

Love that camper van!

liZZie said...

I adore your camper, (does it have a name?) and the sea food platter - what a shame you had to share it!

Friko said...

I'll say!

Tania said...

I'm a bit in love with that camper of yours too. Can't beat a snug and cosy lookout at all those flyaway tents...

mountainear said...

The camper van is fine - but that sea food platter has me drooling.

Lindy said...

Your camper van is adorable! What is it? I wish I could get my fellow traveler to share a seafood platter!

Petit Filoux said...

That platter looks lush!!!

rachel said...

Oh, the bracing British seaside weather! You stayed very positive though.....

jinksy said...

All together - everybody sing "Oh, I do love to be beside the seaside...."

Liz said...

I like the isle of Wight, love your camper and that sea food platter looks delish!

Penny said...

Oh a camper van! Lucky you...my daughter-in-law are on a campaign to get one. Looks like a super weekend.

Penny said...

Oh dear, thats my daughter-in-law AND I!