However for this week's Five on Friday I'm going to share some pictures from my holiday we took last year to the Isle of Wight. It's a very pretty island. I'd never been there before and I had a really good time. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. There is SO much to see. We didn't even get to see everything and, if there weren't so many other places to explore, I'd go back again! I'm hoping looking at the pictures again will help inspire me to get the album done I'd like to take for Mum!
This is such a beautiful landmark. We were lucky to have such a gorgeous day when we visited. To be honest, I couldn't stop taking pictures! I love lighthouses and this is just so unique. There is a chair lift down to the beach but I don't like heights so I skipped it (I'm such a chicken!)
This is a gorgeous village filled with quaint shops and thatched roof houses. This is the story our coach driver told us about how the village came to be named.
The hill on which the church stands was once used by pagans as a place of worship and legend tells that the building of a church was begun at the foot of the hill but that on three successive nights stones were removed from the site and placed in the place of the present church although no one saw them being moved and for the first two mornings work was restarted at the foot but by the third day it was assumed that God wished the church to be built on the hill, hence the name Godshill.
That hill was pretty darn steep! Mum was still early on in her recovery so we didn't even attempt it.
St. Mildred's Church
It's a very nice village church. Inside is a wonderful display of royal and local memorabilia including a replica of Princess Beatrice's wedding dress. I think what I liked most about this visit was the graveyard. It's a little strange to say this about a graveyard but it was quite pretty. I love old graveyards, some of the stonework is just beautiful.
If you ever have a chance to visit this house I would highly recommend it. This is the estate where Queen Victoria died. It is a gorgeous house and grounds. I could have taken lots and lots of pictures (and did). The statues were glorious, so detailed and just stunning.
The rooms inside were stunning - no photography allowed. There were a LOT of stairs though. The guides/guards were very helpful when the stairs proved a bit much for Mum. They led us to a place where we could sit and allowed us to go back down again inside of seeing the rest of the house.
It sounds silly but I didn't realise there would be so many darn boats everywhere! We were there the week before The America's Cup so there were more boats than usual, but The Isle of Wight is well known for it's sailing.
No kidding - I have a lot of boat pictures! We went on a lovely boat trip (yup, I braved it!) around the island and closer to Portsmouth. There were just so much to see. The place is packed with history - castles, forts, warships, roman villas. We had a really great time. It was such a nice break for Mum after her treatment, a time just to relax and have fun. Can you tell I'm already excited for this year?