I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide,
Is a wild call and a clear call that cannot be denied,
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the seagulls crying!

From the Poem, 'Sea Fever', by John Masefield

Our kids are fortunate enough to have a grandfather who lives on an Island. Going to visit him is always an exciting adventure that begins…with a trip on a car ferry!

THE ISLE OF WIGHT

The Isle of Wight is a diamond shaped Island, situated just four miles off the South Coast of England. It’s famous for its beautiful scenery and beaches, for boating events such as Cowes Week and for Osborne House, the historic holiday home to Queen Victoria.

There are several ways to get to the Isle of Wight. We use the Wightlink Ferry Service, from Portsmouth to Fishbourne, a 40-minute crossing. But there are other ferry routes from the mainland, namely Southampton to Cowes and Lymington to Yarmouth.

Cottage & garden

Grandad lives in a stone cottage, with the loveliest of gardens, not far from the villages of Nettlestone and Seaview.

Flowers abound!

The Isle of Wight, boasts a temperate maritime climate, with warm summers and cool to cold winters. The weather is rarely extreme and so things seem to grow like Billy-o! In fact, Henry Higgins might well have been correct when he taught Eliza Doolittle to say:

In Hertford, Hereford and Hampshire, hurricanes hardly happen!

From the 1965 Musical Film, ‘My Fair Lady’

Grandad’s garden in full bloom is quite a sight, with pots full of Geraniums, not to mention his Begonias, which I’m convinced could win prizes. As you can see, it’s also been a very good year for the Roses!

Seagrove Bay & seaview

Grandad’s cottage is a short walk, down a winding stony lane, from Seagrove Bay, a very special beach.

Seagrove Bay has somehow managed to move with the times, whilst retaining all of its old-fashioned charm. With a mix of Victorian houses and modern holiday cottages, the seafront has a very smart facade. A short walk around the next curve, and you reach Priory Bay – another lovely beach, with rocks to clamber over. When the tide goes out, it leaves the most gorgeous crop of sea-weedy rock-pools, which look like something out of an Enid Blyton Novel.

A short walk away from Seagrove Bay, is the lovely village of Seaview. It has a handful of charming shops, and eateries, including a pharmacy, a Deli, and an ice cream shop, plus a great pub, serving delicious home-cooked food, such as Fish and Chips and Prawn Linguine; the perfect spot to sit and sip a long, cold drink, whilst watching the boats bobbing about on the Solent.

My favourite Interiors Shop

A stroll around Seaview
The pub!
Outside the ‘The Old Fort’ pub – a great place to watch the world go by…

I’m sure you’ll agree, Grandad lives in a very special place! The more years that pass by, the more our family have come to appreciate having a seaside home to escape to, especially in light of the recent pandemic, which has made travelling abroad more difficult.

I really hope that you’ve enjoyed this little tour around our home from home! I hope you can hear the surf and the Seagulls squawking and imagine the breeze tugging at your hair!

How very blessed we are to be able to enjoy this place!

Keep an eye out for future posts, featuring trips to Yarmouth, and Alum Bay.

6 thoughts on “‘Grandad’s Island’

  1. How much fun is that for the kids? An adventure to an island is great at any age. We never made it onto the Ile of Wight, but we could see it across the water, when we were last in the South of England. Allan

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  2. Oh how lovely. What amazing memories your children will have of visiting ‘Grandad’s Island’. Few treasures exceed the storing up of precious family moments like these (aside from knowing Jesus, of course :). Enjoy the rest of your summer, Angela. Savor the moments with your nestlings while they remain “yours”. In His Love, Tabitha

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    1. Hello Tabitha! You are absolutely right – so precious! Sometimes I get this bittersweet feeling…the moments seem too fleeting. But perhaps that just makes them all the more precious? Sometimes I wonder what Heaven will be like, when we’re never again feeling like time is slipping through our fingers and we’re there with Jesus, and all our longings will be met in Him! Much love to you and your family, Tabitha. x

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