Autumn Walks- Quarr Abbey to Ryde.

What to do on a glorious Autumn afternoon? Pack your woolly hat and woollen mittens and go for a walk of course! I started at Quarr Abbey and walked along the bridle path towards the coast. Quarr Abbey is a must-visit for anyone on the Island.Home to a small group of Benedictine monks it is a peaceful and beautiful place of significant historical and religious importance.

These horses came over for a chat and when they realised that I was bereft of treats they sulked away.

The beautiful Binstead Church.

The end of the path. Cold and blustery with Portsmouth in the distance.

The gate at Binstead.

The ruins of the Medieval Quarr Abbey- dating from the 1100s.

Supper of crab pate and cheese and fruit.


Sunday Breakfast

When the husband is out for the day sailing there is only one thing to do- take yourself off for a delicious Sunday breakfast, at The Coast in Cowes. A definite favourite.

Eggs ‘Popeye’. Toasted English muffins, spinach, smoked salmon, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Perfect.

Fried eggs on sour dough toast and baked beans for Baby-G. He ate the lot- even the egg yolks which was a win.

Newtown – Isle of Wight

Newtown church.

Newtown is a fascinating little village that has been settled since before the Norman conquest. It is now overseen by the National Trust and is definitely worth a visit.

Looking out over the marshes to the natural harbour at Newtown

Samphire in it’s natural habitat!  Samphire (also known as glasswort) is a succulent plant that grows in salty estuary areas. It is lovely eaten raw (although salty!) or cooked in a stir fry or steamed.

Newtown harbour

Cashew nut and vegetable paella at the New Inn, Shalfleet. An old favourite of ours and only a few minutes drive from Newtown. The perfect watering hole for lunch.

Roast beef and gravy.

Children’s serve of fresh cod and chips. This was so tender!

Mid Summer

England is having what is described as a heatwave. Day after glorious day of temperatures north of 28 degrees, some even hitting 30. Even I, a natual Australian, am finding this weather to be warm. It is glorious, and even more precious because it is so rare. Just three eeks* until the summer holidays, but there are no guarantees this will last and so we are trying to make the most of it while we can.

The above photo was the view of the harbour from our house at 5 .20 am this morning.

And taken 20 minutes later.

Returning home on the morning school run on the new chain ferry that crosses the river joining East and West Cowes.

A post-school run breakfast of apricots and prunes cooked in a little butter and honey with Greek yoghurt and pumpkin seeds.

Lunch was baked lamb with salad.

This is my preferred marinade or crust for a leg or rack of lamb. I mix a chopped onion, a big handful of chopped rosemary and parsley, some breadcrumbs and a tablespoon of sticky orange marmalade. The sugars in the marmalade caramelise and the result is a little hard to describe; herby, sweet and bitter.

The lamb ready to go into the oven.

Served with a salad.




  • eeks was a typos of weeks.However, when I think of how little of the school year there is left I do, indeed, go ‘eek’!!

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.