Heading back from the Rambling Society walk to Shawford and a big lunch with a friend. I enjoyed the light and space on the overbridge at Eastleigh on a Sunday afternoon.
Isle of Wight
Grey skies and light drizzle have never deterred the true day tripper in us so we found ourselves enjoying the hand-painted signs, colourful borders and rustic brick steps of Mottistone Gardens on Sunday morning. After a cup of tea under shelter in the Tea Garden we ventured ‘up north’ to Cowes browsing the gift shops and having lunch in a rather pleasant artisan bakery.
Back to the cottage for a game of National Trust Monopoly and some light reading before it was time to head up for the evening ferry back over the Solent. We’d heard the Shipping Forecast in the car so weren’t expecting a terribly smooth trip (7 to gale 8, perhaps severe gale 9 in Wight, Portland, Plymouth). I entertained myself in the squall out on deck with a coffee and binoculars whilst C had a nap in the lounge and we were home before too long. Tired but content.
Isle of Wight
The week after our wedding C and I decided to have a proper little honeymoon and so we found ourselves on the Red Funnel ferry steaming over to ‘the Island’ in the drizzle with a shiny hire car sitting on the car deck and a National Trust cottage reserved on the south coast.
The weather managed to be at its changeable best so we got the chance to walk around Newport in glorious sunshine on the Saturday afternoon and then find ourselves inside Pizza Express in the same town on Sunday evening watching the rain cascading onto the pavement outside. Nonetheless we thoroughly enjoyed our stay, these are the photos from Saturday when we visited Yarmouth and Newport and enjoyed a scenic detour through Ventnor on the way back to the cottage.
It was a damp Thursday afternoon and after my theology lecture I decided to walk into the city to have lunch and browse the bookshops. I took a few photos of my usual walk in and it really reminded me that I am incredibly lucky to study in such a wonderful corner of the world.
I adore Winchester.