This week.

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Just some random pics and eats from the week. I went to Quarr Abbey with  a friend for afternoon tea. I am preparing a proper blog post but in the meantime.

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Very good cheese scone with apple chutney.

A pirate festival at Ryde.

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New tea-shop in Ryde, Hobbs.  Loved this decor

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I also loved that a simple cup of herbal tea was not extortionate. Proper blog post coming soon on that score too.

Best ever supper – tomatos and cheese on toast.

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30 Days Wild – Days 2-6 St Helens Isle of Wight

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Baby-Gusto and I spent the past few days (and the tail-end of the half term break) at Nodes Point holiday camp on the Isle of Wight. The weather was magnificent, and it was the perfect place for our 30 Days Wild Challenge. I did not take the laptop with me- a challenge for both of us who seem to spend quite a bit of time surfing the interwebs – and the screen time break was quite simply wonderful.

Nodes Point is right on Duver beach in St Helens. It is a lovely little beach, sandy and with rocky outcrops that we took full advantage of for wildlife spotting.

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When the tide was out the beach was very popular indeed!

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We were delighted to meet these guys…..

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and these …..

 

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The beach was popular with riders…

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And sailors….

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Just a lovely spot to relax.

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Near our caravan we spotted a red squirrel tying himself in knots

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and a woodpecker looking for insects

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Very enjoyable weekend, and it was just so much fun to play in the sea and sand.

30 Days Wild – Day 1

I am a member of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and just love their magazine, their news and pretty much everything they do. I feel very lucky to live here on the Island, and we have such beautiful locations on our doorstep… downs, forests and of course the sea.

The Wilidlife trusts of the UK has a 30 Day Wild challenge where the aim is to do something ‘wild’ for every day in June. I have signed up and am really looking forward to spending time looking for minibeasts, playing on the seashore and just generally enjoying nature.

http://www.hiwwt.org.uk/

Today it was rainy and cold and so Baby-Gusto and I enjoyed watching a snail buffet.

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It looks as if these are mostly garden snails, Helix Aspersa. It is widely distributed around Britain. Snails are herbivores and scavengers and our local population adore eating my hostas, leftover dog food and this lily bush. This bush flowers for about 20 minutes once a year but is stunning when it does flower….. and provides lots of lovely nourishment for our local snails every other day of the year!