Idle of Wight… three days of caravans, kitsch and prehistoric creatures

31 Aug

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Almost a month ago, we went on a trip back to the Isle of Wight… to be the Idle of Wight.

In my head, it was an Enid Blyton little adventure for two… camping, exploring, stopping for lemonade!

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We hadn’t been back to the island since our mini moon… originally we said we’d go back on our first wedding anniversary, so we were at least a year overdue on our visit!

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Home for the 3 nights was a Vintage Vacations airstream again… definitely one of my ‘happy places’ in this world.

Give me a big tin can to stay in, a bbq, a deck chair and some retro Italian tunes (the only CD we played when there!) and I’m in heaven.

Oh yes, and a spot of sunshine doesn’t hurt either it has to be said…

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Of course, going back here has reignited my craving for a caravan…

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This little guy with his cat ear lights and jaunty name was possibly my favourite… though I’ve recently spotted a version of him outside someone’s house on my way to work! So apparently parking a caravan outside your abode is more do-able in London!

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Or even one of these… any will do if I’m being honest!

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(Evidence of happy place-ness: twirling until you get dizzy. I promise I am older than 5!)

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Here I also discovered my other new love… tiny blackcurrant Fabs, which are fab indeed. They came in a box of 12. I may have eaten more than my fair share!

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And then on to our Enid Blyton-style adventures… first to a Lavender Farm for lavender scones, cream, jam and tea, where I saw more bumblebees in about 5 minutes than I’ve seen all year long.

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I also discovered that taking pictures of bees isn’t the easiest thing… I have so many blurry shots of them bumbling about, and I kept having to move so I didn’t get stung (didn’t want to have a bumblebee’s death on my conscience!).

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Oh and some butterflies too… who were just happily fluttering around. Less stingy those!

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And then onto our next destination… believe it or not, this field is at a Garlic Farm!  (Yes, we were hitting all the farms that day!)

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Having a bit of a Sound of Music moment here… I may have sang. (But I did wait until there were less people around!)

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And even the garlic ice cream was rather nice too. (Garlicy in the way that salted caramel ice cream is salty if that helps explain it.)

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The next day we went to Ventnor… complete with deck chairs and authentic British pensioners…

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And pretty beach huts, angel wing shells, lots of dried seaweed…

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And of course dinosaur sand ‘castles’! (Accidental dinosaur hunting might still be a thing!)

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Then it was off to this tiny little place… which actually is a tiny little place!

Yes, we went to my first ever miniature village, which was very Hot Fuzz (without Timothy Dalton being speared by a small church spire of course).

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Knocking at a tiny door… and trying to spy if there was any furniture inside!

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Having a Godzilla moment and threatening to destroy the mini village… everyone does this right?

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And a train full of dinosaurs! I swear this was like this when I found it…

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This, on the other hand, was not like this when I found it…

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On the last day, we went to Seaview (it does what it says on the tin!) to swim in the sea… and idly talk about having a boat.

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Of course, I don’t really like boats but a girl can let the sea air go to her head!

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And before we got the ferry home, the trip ended as all mini trips should end… with a scone that’s almost bigger than your head.

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(And a happy biscuit just for good luck…)

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