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The Wonders of The Isle of Wight with Darren & Netty

 The Wonders of The Isle of Wight 
Off to Alum Bay where the famous tourist hot spot The Needles are. The 3 stacks of chalk rise above the sea and we spent a long time looking as this natural beauty. 

A great morning was spent at the sweet making factory, where we of course had to sample some of the delicious treats! Luckily for us we also managed to watch a glass blowing demonstration inside the factory. The skilled craftsmen made a vase, from scratch. 

 
We drove around the beautiful coastal roads to Haverset station, home to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. The highlight of the afternoon came as we boarded the old steam train and went on a wonderful ride through the spectacular countryside. The old train carriages made us feel like we were in a Harry Potter film. Back at the station we had a walk around the platform admiring some of the other old engines and learnt a lot of train facts in the museum. 
 


We love a birthday on a JollyDays holiday. We had arranged a surprise birthday cake for Royston. We sang at the tops of our voices and cheered as he blew his candles out. 


Every night we looked forward to the evening entertainment and quiz. One of our favourite shows was a tribute to Neil Diamond. We sang along to his well-known hits and some of us even managed a little boggie! 


A wonderful day was spent at Godshill Model Village which is a 1/10th scale version of the village itself with all the real houses, churches and pubs in their exact position. There are over 3000 ornamental conifers and shrubs. 
It was so lifelike. We loved looking at the different scenes. Our favourite being the wedding! 


At Norton Grange we loved walking around the beautiful grounds and stopped to take in the Avery which had lots of brightly coloured birds to admire.


   
The beach at Freshwater Bay was huge and the views were breath-taking. We couldn’t visit the seaside without indulging in an ice cream, could we?! We sat in the sunshine, watching the world go by. 






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