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
Monday, 6 July 2015
Isle of Wight Holiday - Day One: Arrival
We arrived home last Friday from a week's holiday on the Isle of Wight. We haven't had a holiday there for a few years but this was our tenth visit (it's our favourite holiday destination!) so it was good to be back.
I won't dwell too much on the journey but it took much longer than expected due to the closure of a large section of the M40!
Departing on the Wightlink Ferry from Lymington - finally, on our way!
We were staying on the outskirts of the village of Niton in a thatched cottage, dating back to the 1600's. I wouldn't normally post so many photos of our accommodation but the cottage itself was just charming and full of period features (as B and D will testify suffering from rather a few banged heads from low doorways!). The cottage garden was a total delight full of perennials and annuals which attracted a great many bees and butterflies.
The car parking area was at the rear of the cottage (even that area was full of flowers - Valerian, Alliums and Thrift and in a few weeks it will look even more lovely when the lavender and nasturtiums are flowering).
First view of the cottage.
I took a few photos of the garden during the week - unfortunately they do not do it justice. It was much larger than it appears with pathways and archways leading to benches.
Those lovely Planters again - when I see one of these in a Nursery I am going to buy one!
Front view of the Cottage.
There was a folder in the cottage full of photos of the restoration/renovation of the cottage which took place about 20 years ago. A great many of the original features of the 17th century cottage were revealed and restored including hidden windows and inglenook fireplaces.
This is the Sitting Room.
The oar above the fireplace in the Dining Room was found in the roof when the cottage was re-thatched. (Excuse the pile of bags and books on the little settle by the fireplace - I was in the middle of packing stuff to take home when I took the picture).
The cottage even has it's own tiny stained glass window :)
The bedrooms were lovely too especially the Lavender bedroom - unfortunately I never got round to taking many photos but the single Yellow Bedroom had a panel showing some of the original cottage walls
and there was light you could switch on that illuminated part of the inside of the thatch through the bedroom window.
The cottage was very cosy and homely and well equipped and we will definitely be returning. It's probably one of the best cottages we have stayed in. By the way I am not receiving a discount from the holiday cottage company for my rave review :)
Day Two will include an encounter with a very special mammal, a visit to a chocolate box village including a cream tea I refused to miss and a trip to Brading Down.
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