Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Our Fourth Day On The Island

Finally, on day four of our holiday in the Isle of Wight, the Sun came out!

According to the TV Weather Reports, the chances of rain were high, with things getting worse as the week wore on. We decided to have a quick look round Cowes, which is just down the road from us here at Gurnard Pines, then in the afternoon we chose to visit one of the Islands Zoos.

Cowes, as you probably well know, is a town dedicated to sailing and yachting. We're not much into that sort of thing, but as the Sun had now come out, we enjoyed walking along the quayside and exploring the narrow streets.


Despite it being after nine, most of the shops were closed, so after we'd seen most if them we jumped back in the car and headed off, excited that the weather seemed to have turned and the Summer had returned with a Vengeance!

We had a voucher for money off the entrance fee at The Seaview Flamingo Park Wildlife Experience, so we headed towards the East of the Island.

On the way we stopped off at the Rosemary Vineyard for a Cream Tea, or more accurately a cream coffee, and the scones were delicious. Ols had a slice of chocolate cake, and that was tasty too.


The weather was beautiful as we arrived at Flamingo Park. If you decide to visit this great attraction, which I recommend you do, make sure you buy several bags if bird feed at the entrance, you'll need them!

This little zoo is great if you're into birds. We especially enjoyed the Penguins, and feeding the many ducks and geese than wander freely around the site. The Tropical House, with its free flying exotic birds was great, petting the Walabies a real treat, and the Meer-Cats a laugh.



Flamingo Park is well worth a visit, especially if you have younger kids who'd enjoy getting really close to the animals.


We finished our day with a Drive to Sandown, a truly spectacular sandy beach, with a beautiful white-cliff background, even if the town is looking very tired.

We paddled in the surf, letting the soft golden sand get between our toes, regretting that we hadn't brought our swimming cossies and towels.


The car boot sale in the car park of the Isle of Wight wasn't worth mentioning, but we headed home happy that we'd had a great day, and it looked like the weather has taken a turn for the better.

Thanks, Rob.

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