Three friends Ann, Philip and Ralph took me to the Isle of Wight with them. We had to start from Portsmouth to get a ferry and while we were sailing out of the harbour a hovercraft tried to race us. It soon overtook us as we were having a relaxing start to our holiday.
We docked and travelled to our hotel The Rowborough
The view from the bedroom was beautiful. This was a lovely hotel. Now to settle in and get some sleep before we start our adventures.
We purchased tickets for the steam railway. Two types of trains on my first day. The train driver and staff of The Isle of Wight Steam Railway were so friendly and helped us gets lots of photos. I found some really good points to get views
The Steam train took us to Haven Street where there was a Bird of Prey Display. My friend Ann took me to meet an owl who did not want to play, but his feathers looked very soft.
After a good nights sleep and a splendid breakfast it was time to plan the next place of Interest.
In the car we set the Sat Nav to PO30 3AA to find
The Shipwreck Centre and Maritime Museum at Arreton.
I found the lighthouse optic from Broadness Lighthouse on The river Thames. It was used until 1977.
We then set the car in a North Westerly direction for Butterfly World at Newport. I had not seen a butterfly so close before.
They are so light, all different shapes and beautiful colours.
There is also a fountain and garden section.
Philip held me firmly so I did not get into the water, but I did get very close to a big fish called a Koi Carp, had a ride on a tortoise, then found a Japanese Dog statue and a Buddha, before having a rest on a bench
We then settled for a trip to a quiet Water Fountain Musical show called Waltzing Waters. It was so peaceful, but very dark so you could see all the colours and the water display. The music was wonderful and very relaxing after our busy day.
Tuesday we decided would be a trip to Osborne House.
Around another corner we found a water feature and a large statue which I thought would give me a good view
Then we took a walk around the estate to find out what else we could see. The information was very well laid out as you can see.
There was so much to do here it is well worth a visit when on the Isle of Wight.. Time now to head home as there is another busy day tomorrow.
Today we have an important appointment at Godshill Model Village as we had to see some important people.
Then we found a good shop, but it was not open for little wolf cubs so we went and found the coffee shop where we had a snack. I liked the Angel cake best.
Now for a change of scenery a chance to go to the beach as all holidays require. I had even packed my bucket and spade. Ventnor has lots of lovely sand an ideal place near St Catherine’s lighthouse. Where else would be better to build a sand castle.
I think it would definitely be good enough for any Cub Scout Competition, but they may not allow me to win as I did have some help from some older Scouts,
So that was another day of fun and adventure.
My exploring is coming along well with all this help for my little paws in Ann’s Bag.
We had another good nights sleep and were ready for the off to www.theneedles.co.uk on the west side of the Island. A very famous part of the island which shows a good example of how the sea has eroded softer sections of the rocks. The other feature which is very famous is all the different coloured sands and the Chairlift.
It is quite a long walk down to the bottom, but thought the return to the top would be better on the chairlift as we did not want to tire our legs too early in the day
The next task of the chair lift was achieved with Ann very kindly accompanying me. Then Philip and Ralph following on when we had proved all was OK. The scenery were incredible and I was allowed to peep over the edge to have a better view, but I was held very tightly.
We waited at the top while the next journey was made
The lift goes up over the coloured sands and over the trees, It was very exciting, but soon all our feet were back on firm ground. I did receive a wonderful medal on a ribbon
Situated at the top after the chair lift we found the Marconi Monument which marks the site of the wireless telegraphy Station where Guglielmo Marconi and his British collaborators carried out experiments during the early days of wireless communication. The first radio message was sent to a Tug Boat in Alum Bay.
This gave us a clear view of The English Channel which was an excellent look out for the Island.
We then returned to the car and drove back to Shanklin for a rest and our meal
Our last day had arrived and we decided to drive across the Island to www.calbournewatermill.co.uk This is the only working watermill on the Island and is about 1000 years old as there is evidence in the Doomsday book of its exsistence.
Then I found a piece of black pipe which was from a special fuel pipe line that went under the ocean (PLUTO) which carried petrol from Shanklin to France about the time of the D Day landing in World War Two. I also found foam dispensing fire engine along side an old fire engine for the mill.
It was good fun because I could see all over it while we were waiting for the 3pm tour of the mill.
The Millar let me get up close to the ground flour which had not been bleached as white flour has. He then held me so I could see the freshly ground flour going into the sack.
These scales show I have not put on any weight while I was on holiday.
It was now time to finish our holiday on the Isle of Wight and make our way home.
Thanks to all the various locations mentioned above who were so welcoming to a small wolf cub and Thank you to Philip, Ann and Ralph for a wonderful week.
Do look out for all my adventures this year Australia, Hungary and the World Scout Jamboree in Japan