Catch the second installment of Mrs. B’s journey through the Twelve Days of Christmas in true Isle of Wight stylee…backwards. Presenting days 6 to 1 in Part Two.
Wrap up warm, grab your binoculars, friends and/or family and head on out to Newtown Creek to goose spot. Last week I counted about 150 Brent Geese on their winter break from the Arctic tundra. See how many you can spot that have come from Russia (or thereabouts) with love.
5 Gold Rings
Need a very special Christmas gift for your ‘true love’? Visit my favorite jewellery shop in my favorite town – Sophie Honeybourne in Ventnor – and tell her Mrs B sent you. If she doesn’t have anything that fits the bill, she’ll design a unique bespoke piece, just for you.
4 Colly Birds (often mis-sung as ‘calling birds’)
Colly is the olde english name for blackbirds but why anyone would want to give 4 of them to their significant other is beyond me. Perhaps it has something to do with ‘Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie’? To listen to the blackbird’s winter song take a lovely Christmas day walk along Shorwell Shute and walk off some of that Christmas pud at the same time.
3 French Hens
I don’t know about the live variety but if you fancy a weekend away playing at chickens, (or French maids for that matter), how’s about staying in a great holiday home in Bembridge that used to be a chicken shed?
2 Turtle Doves
Not many attractions sporting doves are open at this time of year but if you want to see two toucans…look no further than Amazon World where you can also get a look at the meerkats, lemurs and even penguins – for that Christmas vibe.
And a Partridge in a Pear Tree
I can’t guarantee a partridge but you’ll find just about everything else hanging in the trees at the amazing Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival, held at Brighstone Church annually. This year it runs from 8th to the 11th of December.