Well I talk enough about the Isle of Wight so I thought it about time I show you a couple of pictures! Here I am utterly relaxed as I make the trip across the Solent on the car ferry.
You can just make out Ryde pier in the background. The next picture is an early morning walk along Ryde seafront. Bliss!
I'm a huge fan of the Isle (the UK has so many wonderful places to visit; I think we're very lucky). I always went to the island for the summer holidays as a kiddie and we had the best time visiting Robin Hill, Flamingo Park (now called Seaview Wildlife encounter) and of course Black Gang Chine with the coloured sands.
Some of my best memories are chilling out with my sisters (when we weren't arguing!) on the beach. My cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents would often join us and it wasn't uncommon for there to be fifteen to twenty of us on the beach at any one time!
We had our buckets and spades and would build castle after castle and get those little flags to pop on top. My cousin had an amazing spade, it was collapsible and looked liked something from the army – really cool.
When I head back to the Isle we often chat about what we got up to as children. We had the best times but not without the occasional mishap! There was the time I nearly drowned – simply terrifying! I was around 11. and thanks to Dad I'm here to tell the tale today. He rescued me and while doing so our English setter came along to help. He got us both back safely. It sends shudders down my spine just thinking about it. To this day, Dad says it was a close call.
So, the Isle of Wight was our annual holiday, for the summer months, and we just loved it. So much so that Mum and Dad decided to mover there 20 years ago and having just left school I went with them. After 7 or 8 years my career moved me away from the Island, but I go back as often as I can – and now with my children.
We holiday there every year as well. It's really easy for us because we simply gate-crash my old home! I'm very lucky, Mum and Dad say turn up anytime and I know they mean it. I could turn up at 4am unannounced and they'd welcome me in. Of course I would never turn up at such a time… tempting though it is sometimes! But it's a lovely feeling to know that I can.
I highly recommend a visit, there's so much to see and do. If you're a walker, cyclist, parent or child I think you'll have a magical time.
take care and see you soon