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“The island is ours. Here, in some way, we are young forever.”
― E. Lockhart

We recently ventured over to the Isle of Wight, something we try and do at least once a year, and a had a week of sunshine and breathtaking views. We chose a coach house in the grounds of a larger property and we weren’t sure until we arrived whether the views would be any good for Photography… Well they were absolutely amazing. On a good day there was a great view of The Needles and each sunset was incredible. The property itself was gorgeous with lots of traditional farmhouse charm.




We had no specific agenda, we knew the views that we wanted to revisit and we had a few ideas of new places that we wanted to explore. With my health not being in top form this year, we couldn’t plan to walk too far and yet we ended up covering miles in the end. Totally unplanned which I think made it easier to achieve!


The Isle of Wight has traditional views such as Freshwater Bay, Ventnor, Brading Downs, The Needles and of course all of the stunning seascapes you can capture from the end of the Military Road. But this time we wanted to capture the harder places, and there are definitely some gems hidden away. We had kept an eye on local Photographers works leading up to the trip and our first stop was to try and get to St Catherine’s Lighthouse without walking too far…





Once we found it though, with the sun briskly setting behind us, we decided that the only thing to do to explore the views further was to climb. And so we did. We climbed the hill overlooking the Lighthouse (later in the holiday finding a car park at the top but nevermind!) and we were not disappointed.

St Catherine’s Lighthouse is not accessible by road. It’s one of the oldest Lighthouses in the UK… constructed in 1838. (Some sites state that it was 1323, actually that seems to be when a Lighthouse further away on St Catherine’s Down was built, this is now just a ‘shell’ of stone and is known locally as ‘The Pepperpot’).



Another view that we wanted to capture was Steephill Cove. This is again on the sunny side of the Island and is located in Ventnor, home to the Botanical Gardens (which were INCREDIBLE!) We walked through the gardens to the coastal path and then on down to Steephill Cove as again, this is a cove that is untouched by motor vehicles and is only accessible by a steep climb down…and back up again.



Time stood still in this beautiful place  which was just a glorious suntrap. A little hut selling cold drinks meant that we could walk along the beach sipping ginger beer (or cream soda in my case!) and then induling in a New Forest Ice Cream further along. The fact that you couldn’t just turn up in your car made this even more special.




The Isle of Wight is greatly underestimated in terms of a holiday destination… and even a place to live. Although the crossing on the Ferry is quite expensive I think that’s what protects this Island from being overrun. We went via Wightlink Ferries, known affectionately by many as Shitelink..and yet they had just upgraded and the ferry had cosy sofa’s, coffee bars and excellent seating. ll very surreal compared to the old days of plastic chairs, smelly corridors and sticky floors…






It has taken me absolutely ages to finish this blog, with one thing or another creeping up on me and essays that needed to be written. The actual holiday was about a month ago! There are lots of fabulous meadow photos and memories to blog next from Father’s Day…



I also started a book review blog. Tea Leaves and reads! Head over and check it out on Facebook or on WordPress.










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“I am longing to be with you, and by the sea, where we can talk together freely and build our castles in the air.”
― Bram Stoker

My Valentines Card said, ‘Let’s go on a beach date!’ so we did…. Maisy was up for getting sandy toes so we took her as well and she seemed to love every minute. The weather performed (for once!) and so we grabbed our cameras and headed to Lepe, a beach on the edge of the New Forest which is directly opposite the Isle of Wight and almost within touching distance! But guess what… I can’t share any photos since I’ve used up all my WordPress space and their ‘plans’ have changed and are ridiculously priced.. £85 for a year of blogging?  I think not!

However all is not lost, and after some Facebook uploading and copying of links, it appears that I’ve found a temporary solution. If you can’t see the photos below though, let me know!

Lepe is a place of sea, sand, sunsets and beautiful scenery. It’s ever-changing. I love that the beach washes up something new everyday, and definitely every time that we get there. There are different shells to be collected, different rocks to traverse and nearly always a new flooded path or roadway. The winding roads through the New Forest to get too and from the beach are just as beautiful and ever-changing. One day there may be six donkeys in your path, the next, six ponies. Today, three cyclists! Everything is blown away with even a few minutes by the sea and the world is put to rights if only for an hour or two. Sometimes that’s all you need to prepare you for the week ahead.














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