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The Wonders of the Isle of Wight with Andy & Isobel

The Wonders of the Isle of Wight 

The sun was shinning as we visited the infamous landmark, The Needles. The 3 stacks of chalk rise above the sea and we spent a long time looking as this natural beauty. 

We put our artistic skills to the test as we filled glass ornaments with the brightly coloured sand that you can only find on the island. It was fair to say we were pretty pleased with our creations. 

We were really lucky to watch a glass blowing demonstration where the skilled craftsmen made a beautiful vase right before our very own eyes. 

The grounds at Norton Grange are so well kept and we loved exploring.

A great morning was spent as we watched the RNLI crew clean and service the lifeboat and we stood and watched as they launched the lifeboat and sail across the water at high speed. It was a thrilling experience to witness.            

It is always one of our favourite days out visiting the Model Village at Godshill that is an exact replica of all the buildings in the villages. We saw houses, pubs, hotels, churches and little people all frozen in time. There is also a miniature railway and some small ponds. We were amazed by all the tiny details and how life like they were. 

We couldn't resist a photo opportunity!

The beautiful beach at Shanklin was too tempting not to dip our toes in. 

         We couldn't go to the beach without treating ourselves to a delicious ice cream, sitting in the sunshine, watching the world go by.                                                         

 Quarr Abbey, one of the few costal abbeys in Britain certainly lived up to our expectations. It is home to a small group of Benedictine Monks, set in the most beautiful grounds with its own orchards, allotments, art gallery and visitors centre. The abbey church was full of history and we walked through the grounds to view the old remains of the original building. 

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