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Living and shopping on a holiday Island

Living and shopping on a holiday Island

Whenever anyone asks if we are going on holiday we always reply, what for we live on a holiday Island!  What a fabulous Easter break this is turning out to be.

Compton beach is probably at its’ best right now and it is bliss to walk in the early evening and watch the bunnies playing at Mottistone. Last night up and down the coast at Yarmouth shrimpers were out with their nets hauling in the twilight catch. Sunsets have been pretty amazing too so if you don’t want to miss anymore I suggest you head off to the garden at The George Hotel in Yarmouth and order a few sundowners.

I was thrilled to attend a meeting at East Cowes Town Hall  (really nice town hall, I love a really good public building ) last Saturday, any excuse to go to Waitrose – by the way, Waitrose were very accommodating and let me park there. It was  about what the future holds for the convalescence wing at Osborne House. English Heritage’s hands are tied until our MP, Andrew Turner puts forward a motion in parliament to alter a clause in the Osborne Act to allow the wing to be used for other projects rather than just a convalescence home for civil servants and the military. Help for Heroes and the British Legion say returning it to a convalescence home is a non starter for all sorts of practical and monetary reasons.

Once the act is amended the wing can then potentially be used for such things as travelling exhibitions, historical displays and lectures. What was clear is that while there is still great affection for the old building and the romantic idea of whiskered brigadiers convalescing, change is needed to bring the wing into use for the modern age for everyone.

While at an event run by the IOW Gundogs on Sunday  in Alverstone (AMAZING views, we were at Kern Farm, absolutely stunning) I spotted a folding chair called a “Gad-About” and decided I had to have one. First thing Monday morning off I went to my favourite shop in Newport, Hurst’s. It has the old world charm and whiff, if I’m honest, of a by-gone age.

You can buy anything and everything from a primus stove to an all singing and dancing Nespresso coffee machine. Charlie the fantastic buyer is on the case. I always have to stop by the kitchen section  and I came home with another wonderful Hurst find, two 10cm (or that’s 4 inches in old money), cake tins. Now I can’t tell you how hard it is to find small cake tins so get there fast before the WI’s on the IOW buy up all the stock.

It’s funny how these little things bring me such pleasure! Who would have thought that a cake tin would make my week!