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I’m just coming to the end of my 2nd stay on the Isle of Wight, and I can confirm that the north west of the island is not as dramatic or pretty as the north east side. Okay so it has Cowes, which as a town is quite pretty, but the coastal walk is a bit boring between West Cowes and Gurnard, which is where I am located.

Cowes

Some of the houses in Cowes The weather has been wet wet wet and I haven’t managed very many walks, as well as which, with age, I seem to be less enthusiastic about walking in the rain than I used to be 🤔🤔🙄🙄

Besides West Cowes, there really is bugger all to see except the sea, and I saw a lot of that, along with dozens of craft, of all shapes and sizes. The Solent is a very stretch busy of waterway and you can see boats from small rowing boats up to humongous tankers heading for Southampton.

Dramatic clouds. I got back to the house just before the rain came down
Wild seas
A walk on the beach

Across the water are the chimneys of what looks like a refinery….really unattractive….whereas from the Ryde side 😉 you can at least see the Spinnaker in Portsmouth.

Refinery across The Solent
Red Jet ferry

So yeah, uggy weather aside, its been a tough assignment that I have not enjoyed one little bit and not much walking to compensate. On my first day on the island I walked all the way into West Cowes, and on other days I walked to the bouy on Egyptian Esplanade However, I did get in a lot of sleep and read about 4 books….all by Mary Wesley; light, easy reading. Mind you I’m chomping at the bit for a good nail-biting thriller. Next week maybe while on holiday in Sidmouth….or perhaps not since we have about 4 road trips planned.

Egypt Point
Gurnard Lock

One really interesting thing I did find is this house….imagine if she’d said no!! Or they hadn’t met at all.

Rosetta Cottage

Awesome history..imagine if they hadn’t met!!
Sunset.

I managed to get out for a quick walk this evening at sunset….hoorah.

Now that the coronavirus has reached the Isle of Wight, I’m grateful to be leaving tomorrow before the authorities shut down anything except essential travel. I could not imagine anything worse than being confined to the island.

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