the beautiful isle of wight

Some of my favourite photos are not from far afield but from the beautiful isle of wight. I moved here in 2001 but had previously visited when i was younger with my family in about 1984 and with my school in 1990. Had someone would have told me then that i would be living here i would have laughed but 12 years on i have never been happier. The island whilst admittedly is very boring for the youngsters who live here and can’t wait to leave, us who have moved from the mainland find it a haven. From growing up in East London and Essex this is a totally different world. When i moved over it took me about six months to get used to people talking to you and asking how you were!!

My memories of holidaying in 1984 are quite vague really, i think we stayed in ventnor. I remember mum couldn’t drive up the big hill from the beachfront to the bed and breakfast. I do remember visiting the zoo in sandown, carisbrooke castle and playing on the beach but not much else!!

Me and Garry enjoying the view (?)

Me and Garry enjoying the view (?)

This is one of only a couple of photos i have from this trip. Strangely enough carisbrooke castle still looks the same unlike me or Garry. I do have fond memories of this holiday as i think it was one of our first and i seem to recall enjoying it.

When we went with the school in 1990 it was all a bit rushed, we didnt find out we were going until a few days before. We stayed in Little Canada holiday camp in Wootton Bridge, Ryde. I remember we were in the last chalet which was opposite where the ferries came in and we always heard them coming in first thing in the mornings.  We did the usual school trip things again, carisbrooke castle, osbourne house, alum bay and again had a great time (sorry no photos)

It wasnt until i met Deb in 2001 that i ever considered going back to the island though. Things happened so fast between us that we really didn’t have time to pre think things it just came together so naturally that it just happened.  I have never regretted moving here, everytime we go out something about the island takes my breath away. Parts of it are so beautiful which is why i take thousands of photos. I’ve got a few photos to show i hope i can do the island justice.

The iconic lighthouse and needles

The iconic lighthouse and needles

Me doing my best king kong   
Me doing my best king kong

Luccombe beach

Luccombe beach

ventnor downs looking at sandown bay

ventnor downs looking at sandown bay

ryde beach looking towards portsmouth

ryde beach looking towards portsmouth

P1270038

St Catherine's Oratory or the pepperpot as its known locally

St Catherine’s Oratory or the pepperpot as its known locally

st catherine's lighthouse

st catherine’s lighthouse

P1160583

rainbow ryde seafront

rainbow ryde seafront

P1150237

me and charlie doodle

me and charlie doodle

P1150010

bembridge windmill

bembridge windmill

Unfortunately i have no recent photos of carisbrooke castle or osbourne house (i can feel a field trip coming on). Well thats my beautiful isle of wight. It may be boring to some, it might be olddy worldy to some but to me it’s magic

Advertisements

reasons to be cheerful

So after my last less than positive post i have had the necessary kick up the arse from at least 5 people I’ve decided to do my do list: I’ve refused to call it the bucket list now as that’s slightly morbid I’ve got years ahead of me to do these things. Some of these things are probably unrealistic but you never know i might do them (although don’t hold your breathe)!!

Whilst doing this i discovered that most of these involve travelling and that’s something that i would love to do more of, so far I’ve been Tunisia, Malaga, Magaluf, Calais and Brugge. In June me and Debbie are going on our first cruise to the Baltic taking in Oslo, Copenhagen, Talinn, St Petersburg, Helsinki and Brugge so that’s one thing i can cross of the list already. Scandinavia has always appealed to me so thats why i chose this cruise. I wanted to go to Stockholm but i can’t complain at the moment, it aint going anywhere is it?,

Sorry i digress here’s the first part of my list some might raise a few eyebrows, some might make you laugh but it’s my list so there!!!

Bungee Jump,

Learn to play guitar,

Learn another language,

Write a book,

Meet Papa Roach get them to autograph me then get that tattooed,

See the Red Hot Chili Peppers live,

Buy a camper van and travel round Britain and Ireland,

Be fluent,

tattoo Debbie!!! (this is my own personal favourite),

Go to camp nou, ibrox and the San siro and watch Barcelona,Rangers and AC Milan play

Now we come onto the travelling section of the list, i didn’t realize how many places i’d like to visit until i started this but here goes:

Barcelona, Milan, Rome, Florence, Paris, Prague, Dubrovnik, Budapest, Stockholm, Berlin, Auschwitz, The Fjords, Lapland (at Christmas , Northern Lights, Lake Geneva, Lake Garda, Moscow. As you can see Europe fascinates me this is partly why i wanted to do a cruise this year as its probably the only way i could see so many places in one go. Ok we may only have a few hours in each port but thats good enough for now. Debbie and me both agreed that if we liked a place we would always go back. I love the history of places obviously Auschwitz would be such a haunting place to visit but that and the trenches in ypres and places like that intrigue me, such horror but i imagine they are now so peaceful places.

Further afield i would also like to go to:

Alaska, the Artic, Canada, New Zealand and an african safari would be the ultimate for me