Wednesday, 1 June 2011
Our visitors to Tudor Lee tell us the noise from the bird families stops at about 10pm - obviously bird bedtime.
The weather forecast for a showery May certainly wasn't borne out here. The two light showers we had in May didn't penetrated the ground and were soon dried up by the strong winds.
Although the crops continue to grow it's difficult to see how the ears will fill with no rain. There are good numbers of bumble bees and butterflies, visiting the early species buddleia and benefiting from the dry weather.
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Insects seem to be enjoying the prolonged sunshine and dry weather. Bumble bees of several sorts are working the flowers around the houses, and hopefully, have already done a good job pollinating the fruit trees.
We do need rain for the crops and the vegetables!
Wednesday, 2 February 2011
Wednesday, 26 January 2011
A walk round shows that the shrubs are ahead of the flowers - viburnum, having weathered frost, snow and rain is scenting the garden with its very 'pink' smell. I prefer the more restrained winter honeysuckle with pale yellow flowers.
Winter on the Island is generally mild - back to form now, thank goodness ! Those who are feeling the need to get some fresh air can enjoy the wide open spaces and beauty of the countryside by day, and some spectacular skies by night. Island beaches are always great for family walks, just remember the wellington boots.
Saturday, 15 January 2011
Sailing into the nearest town to our properties is the Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival on 3-5th June, providing a fantastic spectacle of these gracious boats cruising and racing out of Yarmouth, with great viewing along the seafront and from Yarmouth Pier. All under 2 miles from our houses!We would tell you all about the Isle of Wight Festival 10-12th June, but we're already booked up!
Hot on the heels of the Old Gaffers is the Round the Island Sailing Race on 25th June. If you've never seen a flotilla of thousands of sailing boats racing around the world-famous Needles it is not to be missed! Some fantastic viewing locations are only a few minutes from our houses.2011 is a very special year for the Isle of Wight - we're hosting the Island Games 25 June - 2nd July. People from Islands all around the world will converge on the Isle of Wight to take part in a wide range of events, held at numerous venues. Whether you want to spectate, or you're involved, we can provide great facilities for this event.
The Rhythm Tree World Music Festival at Calbourne Mill returns 22-24th July. If you don't fancy camping and aren't so good with teepees our houses are under three miles from this jolly small festival.Cowes Week storms on to the Island 6-13th August, bringing with it a huge range of events and activities, in addition to the sailing. After some stunning action in 2010. The Extreme 40 racing series has just last week confirmed it will be back in Cowes in 2011 for the UK round. It really is sailing's Formula 1 racing series!
Foodies should make sure they get to the Garlic Festival 20-21st August. With all things garlic and an increasing range of other culinary delights it's an eating event not to be missed.With acts including The Cure, Brian Wilson DJ Shadow and many others The Bestival is already hotting up to be a fantastic event. Book one of our properties early for September 8-12th for easy access to the event.
The Isle of Wight International Classic Car Show takes place at Newport Quay on 17th September and Ryde's Eastern Gardens on September 18th, with proceeds going to different charities on either day.This is followed up by the Sun Sea and Cycling festival 18-26th September. Our properties are bike-friendly and provide easy access to the West Wight's quiet roads and the great bridleway network - the most dense and well-maintained in the UK.
The 2011 season closes with the Autumn Walking Weekend 21-24th October, with a series of events already in place to suit a wide range of abilities.