Sunday, 4 August 2013

Our Island Adventures: Sea, Sunshine, and Summer Food

Being a small island with an area of 384 km2 , the Isle of Wight is surrounded by beaches on all sides.  We must have been to all of them, I think, because most of my photographs have something to do the seaside.  Not all of the beaches are to our liking -- some are pebbly, some are sandy, some are too crowded, some are rugged, some of outstanding -- but we all agree that we like the beaches on the southern end of the island the most.

My recollection of this holiday is mostly about water.  Not surprising at all, is it?  Besides, spending lots of time on beaches, we also spent a lovely evening in a town with a lovely pier.

We also went on a chain ferry to cross a small river on the Isle of Wight.  I had not been on one before so that was quite exciting.  There are not many of them left in the UK.  The ferry carries passengers and a few vehicles across the river each time.  The crossing took about 15 minutes.  While we were on board the ferry, some school children were just coming out from school and boarded the ferry with us.  They were very friendly, which is always a nice thing to see.  We get the sense that life on the Isle of Wight is about five years behind that of the mainland, which is not necessarily a bad thing at all.

The other things that I remember well is the food we had.  We usually eat home cooked food and I am not a big fan of serving up sandwiches, if I can help it, so our "holiday food" has been an interesting change from our usual diet.

The biggest joy for me on this trip has been to bear witness to the close father-and-son relationship between Tortoise and Tiger.  They spent most parts of the holiday doing things together -- horse riding, kayaking, playing on the beach, walking, rock pooling, and generally just being with each other.

This post concludes the series of our summer holiday on the Isle of Wight, which you can read about here.  After a very relaxing week of vacation, it's time we head home and start work again.

This post is linked up to:
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  3. Weekly Wrap-Up: The One Where Life Went Back to Normal
  4. The Homeschool Mother's Journal {August 3, 2013}
  5. Hip Homeschool Hop - 8/6/13


    1. It looks like you had a really lovely holiday. I love seeing my husband relax with the children when he isn't working too. Today we were all surfing in the sea just across Solent from the Isle of Wight. We spend a lot of time looking at the Isle of Wight from that beach so it's been good to read about the time you spent there :-)

    2. While homeschooling mothers are at the forefront of the day-to-day homeschooling duties, fathers work very hard 'behind the scenes' to provide for their families and to create the opportunities for mothers to stay at home with their children. I think fathers are often the unsung heroes in many homeschooling families.

      Nobody in my family knows how surf so we think those who can are way cool. Sounds like you're having a great time at the beach. It's lovely to see families having fun together. :-)

    3. Your photos are just stunning. It is almost like I am there with you! Literally I can feel myself relaxing just by reading about your holiday! I am so looking forward to our time away in the Autumn. Because of Gary's job (greenkeeper on a golf course) we are not able to get away over summer. I need a holiday and am just so excited to be getting away!

    4. I'm glad to be able to share my holiday with the readers on this blog. It has been a while since we took a holiday like this, which is why it's so special to me. It's good to be able to holiday in the quieter season to avoid the mad rush. I hope you'll share with us about your holiday in the autumn. I do think you so deserve to have a really good holiday after working so hard for so long! :-)


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