This is one of those posts.
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I was meeting my family there as they were travelling from London. Trying to have a little fun with the journey, I decided to take the train from Southbourne to Lymington Pier, where you can hop on the Wight Link ferry to Yarmouth. The Isle of Wight is at its closest point near Lymington, and you feel like you could almost reach out and touch it. Max and I sat upstairs on the deck and enjoyed the journey. Pulling into the ferry dock, I could see my Uncle waving from his rather lovely Porsche, as he'd come to pick us up. We were staying at a family friends second home - a rather beautiful farm house conversion with all the trimmings including a swimming pool, enormous fire pit and unrestricted views of the sea and beach, which was a 3 minute walk away. It's definitely one of the most wonderful houses I've ever stayed in. To say that the weather treated us kindly is quite the understatement. We were suitably blessed with sunshine and sunbathing weather, and we celebrated with Bollinger, barbecues, and seafood.
On the Wednesday, we visited Osborne House. I had always wanted to visit here as I'm fascinated by the history of our monarchy, and Osborne House was incredibly personal to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. To visit this historic palace on the day that Queen Elizabeth overtook Victoria as the longest reigning monarch was also quite special. As with most English Heritage attractions, you're unable to take photos of the inside, but it was really quite special. You could see the exactly what V&A wanted for their 7 children, and I honestly think if they were here to see the war and conflict between nations that we have now, they would be quite disappointed. They had deliberately paired their children in marriage so that nations could have friendship and peace. I'm not sure we could quite say that is the case currently in a lot of ways.
I thought it appropriate to dress up as a guardsman in a bearskin - from the kids dressing up box of course. I refuse to grow up!
The Diamond Anniversary dinner was held at Hillside Ventnor - a boutique hotel and restaurant that had been recommended to us by our friends, and they had gone to the trouble to book it for us. The restaurant owner greets you from outside, and welcomes you into one of the lounges to relax with a drink and look over the menu. Your orders are taken and by the time you are invited to sit down to eat, your starter is on the table. I had Squash Risotto with Parmasan Tuille to start, Sirloin Steak with vegetables and Dauphinoise Potatoes for main, and Strawberry Crème Brulee for dessert.
On the Thursday, my Mum and I decided to go on a little adventure of our own, and we came across an alpaca farm called West Wight Alpacas. There, we found a farm filled with pygmy goats, chickens, donkeys, rabbits and guinea pigs, and of course, fields full of of alpaca's and llamas. We decided to pay to take two alpacas for a walk, and this may be one of the best things I've ever done! We had a lovely guide, and she told us all about alpacas and llamas, the best ways to handle them, and how to walk them. Our alpacas were called Ulysses and Yugo. Both were full of character and were such a joy. The rest of the evening was spent with me serenading everyone on the piano, and before I knew it, I had requests from The Beatles to Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat.
Max and I caught the ferry home on the Friday feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Sometimes a few days away is all you need to cleanse the soul, and honestly, it's made me want to visit the Isle of Wight more frequently, especially as I can see it from my beach,
What a fantastic couple of days away.