The weather was lovely today still windy but lots of sunny spells and pleasantly warm although by evening the showers had returned.
Off to Osborne House today. Both the house and grounds are incredibly beautiful and very impressive. Queen Victoria bought the estate in 1845 as a country residence and retreat. Prince Albert supervised the building of the present house and the architecture was influenced by his love of Italy.
There are some impressive tree specimens in the grounds.
And there are statues dotted everywhere
First of all a visit to the walled fruit and flower garden. When we last visited we left this to last and only had time for a quick walk round so I wanted to make sure I spent some time wandering around this peaceful garden today.
Next a walk round the interior of the house - an impressive boar standing guard marks the visitor entrance
Photos are not allowed in the house (not even without flash!) but the interior is sumptuous with beautifully carved and painted ceilings not to mention the paintings! Its well worth a visit if you are ever on the Isle of Wight as you could easily spend a whole day here there is that much to see and do.
View from the Upper Terrace towards the Solent
I couldn't resist taking a photo of this yucca in flower. We have one in the garden at home and it has only ever flowered once.
There wasn't time today to visit Swiss Cottage, the Museum, Barracks and Ice House as David wanted to visit Ventnor.
Parking was problematic in Ventnor so we ended up at the Botanic Gardens for a cream tea!
This is the Mediterranean Garden which has a population of lizards - none were to be seen today but the sun had disappeared behind the clouds so it wasn't really basking weather.
It was Brian's birthday today so in the evening we returned to the Buddle Inn, Niton, for another meal.
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