Isle of Wight weekend

Saturday evening we spent some time with a friend on her boat. The sailing season has started so the marina was full.

A late supper at home of cod in parsley sauce and grilled tomatoes.

A visit to Godshill and the Model Village

Followed by a Sunday Carvery lunch of roast turkey, yorkshire pudding, and vegetables

So a much lighter supper of vegetable soup and fresh melon.

I bought this beautiful fossil at the gem shop in Godshill

It is an Otodus tooth, which is an extinct shark from the Paleocene-Miocene periods.




Shalfleet is one of our favourite villages on the Island, and The New Inn,  it’s pub is one of our favourite pubs. We went there this week just for a lazy mid-week treat.




Shared a smoked mackerel pate starter with homemade piccalilli.


Then steak with red peppercorn sauce and a wild mushroom risotto



Then a wander around the church and churchyard. On a foggy and wintry day it was very atmospheric and I hoped there might be ghosts…… it certainly felt very ghosty!!

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The inside of the church is austere and lovely.

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Three Buoys -Ryde


The school Christmas term finished at noon on Friday and so Husband-Gusto and I took Baby-Gusto out for lunch. We chose the Three Buoys in Ryde, a small restaurant down on Appley Beach in Ryde. It was a beautiful setting overlooking the sea.


It was a blustery day and so comfort food was the order of the day.


The fish fingers and chips from the children’s menu. The fingers were fresh fish fillets and the batter was speckled with seaweed which was a lovely touch.


Moules Marinieres with garlic chiabatta

But the standout meal was the butterflied fresh mackerel with a butternut squash risotto. Truly excellent.


Following this it was time for ic-ecreams and a stroll along the beach. Appley tower is always a pretty view.



This was a lovely way to mark the end of the school term and the start of the Christmas break. We all really enjoyed our lunch. The restaurant staff were relaxed and chilled, and the food was extremely good and fresh. Husband-Gusto had never been to the Three Buoys before, and he was very enthusiastic about a return. A win!

Merry Christmas!!

Summer Holidays- first day


Today is the first day of the summer school holidays. We are so excited Chez Gusto. 9 weeks away from school (although not, alas, from work or study for H-G or I) but school hols for Baby Gusto. I am determined to wring every single bit of opportunity out of the summer- no matter what the unreliable English weather holds in store.

Yesterday, the last day of school, was a half day. So as it was impractical to drop off B-G and then go home again I stayed in town. The day started with a banana and cinnamon smoothie at home


Then it was school drop-off followed by trashy food and a trashy book



I still had 2 hours to go, so I went to a new tea shop in Ryde, Hobbs. I really like this place. It is annexed to the very long-standing Hobbs watchmaker and jeweller, and as a cup of tea and a home made cheese scone costs only £2.50, it seemed the perfect place to prop and work on my tax law assignment.

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Today however I left B-G to recover from his busy term and went to the local farm shop. This was my happy haul.


Free-range eggs, cherries, white peaches and glorious blood plums.

For dinner I served grilled steak and kebabs with salad and made my favourite blue cheese sauce. Just a clove of garlic, olive oil and St Agur.



This was followed by vanilla ice cream and fresh fruit from the farm shop.


baby Gusto went to bed and Husband Gusto and I sat and sipped tea and ate our way through the fruit bowl. This was quite literally what was left…..


Good, happy day.