Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Thelma, Louise & Elsie return home

After five days away on the Isle of Wight
amid sunshine, balmy weather
much laughter and gin
we are home and suitably chilled...
( images enlarge on a click)


a yacht just a tad to close for comfort receiving a very loud toot from the ferry captain
Two weeks before Cowes week the Solent was still busy

12th century medieval church
opposite Mottistone Manor House



Victoria's Secret
the view from the terrace of the italianate Osborne House
built by Prince Albert for the family to relax away from the stresses of royal duties
it is a gem in the crown
here we can see right over the Solent to the mainland
which reminded Albert of the Bay of Naples

the baroque house is but a shell now after falling into disrepair
following a nearby hit from a mine drop,
 it had to be stripped of the roof and some key timbers
this palladian inspired 17th C house
is set in the middle of gardens designed by Capability Brown


Louise looking for shells on Shanklin beach at twilight


Elsie deep in thought

and Thelma...
on the drive back to the ferry we passed a viewpoint on high
overlooking Shanklin and Sandown 

16 comments:

  1. i know nothing at all of the isle of wight so i enjoyed very much seeing little bits of it through your lens.

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  2. What a lovely place ... thank you for sharing and welcome back!

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  3. A friend had mentioned this Isle just two days ago. Her son planned a visit there. Looks beautiful. A rather peaceful holiday, I hope.

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  4. We spent four days on the Isle of Wight in May. It was wonderful! I would love to go back sometime. It is truly an oasis, a place apart, English, yet entirely unique. We stayed in Sandown, and I think we stood right where your final photo was taken. Did you climb up to the Tennyson Monument on the west side of the island? It's quite a hike, but the views are terrific -- once you catch your breath! So glad you had a nice time there with your friends. It sounds as if it's just what you needed. Take care and God bless,
    Canadian Chickadee

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  5. We spent four days on the Isle of Wight in May. It was wonderful! I would love to go back sometime. It is truly an oasis, a place apart, English, yet entirely unique. We stayed in Sandown, and I think we stood right where your final photo was taken. Did you climb up to the Tennyson Monument on the west side of the island? It's quite a hike, but the views are terrific -- once you catch your breath! So glad you had a nice time there with your friends. It sounds as if it's just what you needed. Take care and God bless,
    Canadian Chickadee

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  6. Never been there, but looks fab. Glad you had a chillin' time.

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  7. Lovely scenery - no wonder you chilled out. Welcome back!

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  8. I just love the Isle Of Wight. Had some great times there. Osbourne House, where we had such a good day out and Shanklin where we stayed in a hotel over looking the sea.
    I expect the weather was glorious as was our when we went.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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  9. Oh, Saz,
    this looks like a fairy tale holiday,
    I am so glad you enjoyed this break with your pals!

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  10. Thanks for the tour, Saz. That's my first web-trip to the Isle of Wight. It looks very calm and peaceful. Glad you had a good time.
    Best,
    Catherine

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  11. 在莫非定律中有項笨蛋定律:「一個組織中的笨蛋,恆大於等於三分之二。」............................................................

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  12. Hi

    Nice pics!

    You say you are a woman of Kent. I am in Canterbury - where are you from?

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  13. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, how beautiful. Looks like you crammed in a lot during your stay, and it sounds just my type of get-away. Welcome home hon, you have been missed!

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  14. Have you changed your comment box form?
    Loved these pics, saz...the Isle does look lovely, there is so much of GB that I don't know.
    Wonder why this didn't come up on my blog sidebar, and how many others I have missed. Monday week Wheeeee!

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  15. Brings back some memories - we had several holidays with the kids there when they were little. I like island holidays - we've just been for a short break to Jersey.

    Appuldurcombe House - is the falconry still there?

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Thanks for stopping by!

Take the weight of your feet, draw up a chair and pour yourself a cuppa. Leave your troubles at the door and together we shall ride out the storms.
I will walk a while in your shoes...

Saz x