We only had a few hours left on the Isle of Wight as our return ferry was at 1.15 p.m. My son was keen to visit a hotel in Bonchurch as Charles Dickens is his favourite author and Dickens wrote several chapters of David Copperfield when staying at the Winterbourne Hotel - photo below taken by son with the Fuji.
There is a very pretty pond in Bonchurch - water voles are supposed to be resident. But they proved as elusive as the red squirrel and glanville fritillary butterfly had. Actually water voles are pretty elusive in Warwickshire too. They are my favourite mammal and, despite attending a water vole surveying workshop and carrying out subsequent water vole surveys for the local wildlife trust, I haven't seen a water vole just a few field signs such as burrows, latrines and feeding stations. The last one I saw was by a stream in one of the Slaughter villages in the Cotswolds about 30 years ago!
Off then to Yarmouth and an hour spent on last minute souvenir and present shopping.
For once some birds which came close enough for me to photograph them with the standard lens!
Our ferry arrives.
A view of Yarmouth Castle from the ferry
Au revoir to the Isle of Wight
Back to Lymington and the mainland
We arrived home about 5.00 just time to unpack the car and restock the bird feeders (the birds had managed to completely empty them whilst we were away) before watching the final episode of this series of Doctor Who.
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