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
Tuesday, 11 July 2017
Isle of Wight - Day 1 30th June : Arrival at Brook
We had a really good journey down to Lymington on the Friday morning. There was the usual slight hold-up at Lyndhurst (and it wasn't possible to take a short cut through the lanes as the road was shut!) but we arrived in just over 3 hours.
Views of Berkshire from the A34
We saw 6 Red Kites along the A34 - a record!and there were loads of Little Egrets on the estuary in Lymington.
We had lunch while waiting for the ferry at 2.00
Waving to the ferry travelling in the opposite direction (trying not to think that would be us in a week's time!).
View of the Needles
Coming into Yarmouth - this is the shortest crossing (only about 40 minutes) and as we usually stay on West Wight the best one for us.
We had hoped to stay in the thatched cottage in Niton again but sadly it had already been booked. September Cottage in Brook turned out to be a super alternative. The location was lovely with plenty of walking opportunities on the doorstep. The interior design was so beautiful, the cottage garden great and it was well equipped and very clean.
There was a "welcome" basket full of home-made goodies - elderflower cordial, granary bread, damson jam, milk and butter etc. and these gorgeous Vanilla shortbread biscuits.
The living room, dining area and bedrooms were full of freshly picked flowers too. The owner lived next door - a lovely lady and very helpful.
After unpacking and doing the necessary food shop we went a walk down to Brook Chine and beach (only 5 minutes away).
I've always admired these cottages on the coast road - what a view along the coast to Freshwater Bay they must have from their windows.
Lots of bramble in flower along the hedgerows - so loved by insects.
Brook Chine - one of several chines along this stretch of coastline#
Down onto Brook beach for a walk in the direction of Compton Beach
Sorry for all the beach photos but it was so good to be back walking on one after a whole year!
*D - photos taken by D with the Canon bridge SX50 HS
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