Thursday, 27 February 2020

Isle of Wight Holiday Diary #11 - Mooching about!

Hi there everyone 😀

We are still on the Isle of Wight for today's post. We are in the midst of our three week break back in September last year and mum and dad are spending the middle week with us ...

Day 13 - Thursday
Mum and dad were off to Osborne House today ... we had a mooch round Newport and a quick ride  to Gurnard but generally spent a lazy afternoon back at Bramble Cottage, though it wasn't totally uneventful.

After we got back in from our ride to Gurnard we spotted a herring gull sat in the garden at the front of the cottage ... she didn't look well at all.

She was still there an hour or so later so, after a bit of sleuthing and ringing around I managed to get hold of the very lovely Kay, from IOW Wild Bird Rehabilitation "Mr Wally 'AWOL' and Friends"

After a conversation with Kay on the phone we headed back out to pick her up so that she could come and collect our gull, who we named Bramble. Kay took Bramble away for a bit of care and R&R and we had our fingers crossed that all would be well ...
We kept in touch with Kay whilst we were on the island and after we came home and were absolutely delighted to hear that, on 7 October, Bramble was deemed fit and well enough for release back into the wild 😀😀😀

Meeting Kay was a real inspiration. This lady is just amazing and does so much, with so little, to care for all kinds of wild birds on the island. We could see, from how she picked up and soothed Bramble that she has a real love for all of the birds that she comes into contact with and she had some incredible stories to tell of midnight rescues ... her dedication is really second to none 😀

Day 14 - Friday
The weather forecast was a bit of a shocker so we headed to the Busy Bees Garden Centre for a mooch where the rain certainly put in an appearance. Sadly we were just one day early to see the big reveal of their Christmas displays.
It looked a little brighter when we’d finished at the garden centre so we decided to head black to St. Helens Duver and the Baywatch Beach Cafe, where we had lunch before having another nice wander ...
We then headed for Ryde, via the disused Priory Bay Hotel for an attempt at finding the famous statue of Churchill and Roosevelt, known as 'The Allies'.
The hotel is in a lovely spot and a beautiful building ... it was sad to see it all locked up and out of use ...
In spite of having a good wander around the grounds we had no luck, though we think we may have found where it should have been ...
We drove along the coast, through Seaview, to Ryde, where we were greeted with the most perfect rainbow ...
We had our usual walk out along the pier ...
... but have to confess we resorted to the old tube train back as the heavens decided that they'd held off for long enough ...
We were all chuffed that we'd managed to make so much of what had been forecast as a pretty rotten day but decided it was time to head for home.

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