A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Thursday, 9 July 2015
Isle of Wight - Day 4 (29th June) : Blackgang Chine
Family holidays are always a bit of a compromise as you try to find things to do that please everyone. So on Monday the vote went to Blackgang Chine which has something for everyone of all ages and is set in beautiful gardens.
It is the UK's oldest amusement park and was named after a now-destroyed Chine in the soft Cretaceous cliffs.
There have always been dinosaur models here but there is now a new and excellent area with life-size moving dinosaurs - brilliant for children :)
The Bug Walk
The closest I was to get to seeing a Granville Fritillary all holiday!!
Should you read this Pete - they even had a place for you to have lunch should you return to the Island :)
Rumpus Manor - house of horror
Vegetation so typical of the Undercliff areas on the Island
Cowboy Town has been extended this year
Lots of lichens on the stone walls
Chimney pot Garden
View along the coast towards Compton Bay
The Water Garden
Nursery Rhyme Land - this tree talked!
After turns on the Water Slides and Cliff Hanger Roller Coaster we went to have a look round various exhibitions - Timber World and Coastline
In the evening we went for a meal at The Buddle Inn (a 16th Century Smuggler's Inn with a great atmosphere and food). We've been visiting for years and I would highly recommend :)
Sorry for all the photos as I appreciate an amusement park might have limited appeal!! The next post will include a trip on the Down's Breezer Bus and Arreton Craft Farm with a medieval pond and old church.
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