Let me take you back to the Summer…
Luckily my friends have been gently applying pressure to cross the Solent for a couple of years and this Summer we finally made it happen.
It’s rarely that we go away for more than a couple of nights so for our children a weekend away is a holiday. The anticipation was almost unbearable for them not least because they were so excited about travelling by ferry*!
With just two days to explore the island we kept our trip simple. We headed out to one or two places, took in the atmosphere and enjoyed island food.
With a blustery day ahead of us we set out for The Garlic Farm. Having bought our garlic from them since they began selling at Winchester Farmers Market it was great to finally visit the farm.
We shared a garlicky sausage roll and some pork scratchings (eurgh – not for me!) we hopped in the car and drove over to Ventnor. The wind was so strong my skirt blew up like a parachute! Of course this didn’t bother the children who delighted in digging in the shingle and dodging waves.
Of course a trip to the sea side is not complete without fish & chips. We shared fish & chips from Ventnor Haven Fishery and picked up some fresh fish to take home for our supper. I loved that their selection wasn’t the kind of fish we’re used to seeing on a menu – the rock salmon was uncommonly good!
On Sunday the weather was a blue-skied sunny day which can only mean one thing – beach day! As we were staying at Compton we didn’t have far to go to reach Compton Bay which is the quintessential British beach with sand, rocks and the chance of finding a fossil in between swims.
I sometimes feel like words are not enough to truly share how much fun we’ve been having. I made a film from the footage I took on my phone (and a little DSLR) to share with you…
If you can’t see the video below click here to view it…
Not only was it a super fun place to spend a family holiday but it gave me a chance to play around with some night photography.
I remember my grandfather setting his alarm for 2am to photograph and eclipse when I was nine. Since then I’ve always connected holidays with a time for some creative exploration of the night sky.
Tom and I set up my camera on the tripod and experimented with different exposures. Having drooled over Milky Way photos for a while now I was thrilled to get such a clear shot within a few minutes. Not only that but we caught some meteors in the frame.
Huge thanks to the residents of Compton for turning their lights off at night so we can enjoy their dark skies!
I’m so glad I waited my whole life to visit the Isle of Wight; sharing my first visit with my favourite people made it so much more memorable.
*Our ferry crossings were covered by Wight Link for more detail please see my disclosure for readers page.