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Saturday stroll, Carisbrook, The Tennyson Trail and Gatcombe

Good afternoon friends,

Yesterday morning/early afternoon, my fiance and I set off for a stroll

We didn’t anticipate such a long walk, but as the weather was so beautiful we decided to make the most of it.

We packed a lunch along with a flask of tea, wrapped up in layers, and set out for our trek. We walked from,

Carisbrook to the Tennyson trail to
Bowcomb down, towards Gatcombe, back through Carisbrook and into Newport.

Here’s just a few pictures from our journey

To walk for hours without a destination, to just chat, no distractions, getting exercise and taking in the glorious views, it was wonderful.

We ended up walking 13.6k, my legs definitely needed the stretch, and my chest the fresh air.

We passed less than a dozen people and a few dogs, spotted 2 robins, a sparrow, buzzards, a pheasant, sheep with their lambs, and a festival of birds singing in a tree.

The last few miles of the walk, the trees bowed over is along the tunnel path, I felt as though we were hobbits leaving The Shire.

There were dozens of exposed roots, with burrows, perfect for small creatures, as well as what I expect were rabbit or badger holes around them.

We were tempted to walk around Carisbrook castle before we heading home, though we could hear the families and dogs barking, and decided to take a different route as it looked a little too busy

Forever thankful for our Island, and cannot wait for Spring right around the corner

Kaya •

Isle of Wight

Totland Bay, Headon Warren Saturday Stroll

Good afternoon friends,

How is this weekend treating you so far?

Yesterday was glorious, almost Spring weather.
The sun was shining, I was warm and ready to stretch my legs. My fiance and I (warms my heart every time I say that), packed a picnic, a flask of coffee and drove out to Totland Bay.

Forgive me, I talk about the Island, (Isle of Wight), as if you know exactly where I mean – below is a lovely picture I found on Google of a map of the Island (Totland is the far left, under Yarmouth)

OOTD
Crazy town t shirt – from the merch table
Checked skirt – New Look
Black ankle boots – H&M
Parka in a pocket – Primark

Face
Foundation – B.Flawless Matte Foundation
Lips – Kylie Lip Kit in the shade Boujee
Eyes – Primark Amber Passion 9 pan Pallette
No 7 Eyeliner
No 7 Eyebrow Pencil
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Revolution Ultra Face Base Primer
Bare Minerals Lashtopia Volumising Mascara

As we walked up hill, we passed a few dog walkers, and I could hear a group behind us.

I could feel my chest tighten at one point, we were walking up hill and chatting away, so my first thought was that I was feeling a bit unfit, we slowed down but I could still feel a bit if pain

The group were walking about 30 or so meters behind us, the paths were long and twisted, most of the time I couldn’t even see them, just hear them in the distance, then I realised my chest was tight because I was anxious.

I think where I only leave the house to do food shopping, to leave the house and be free to explore, to hear and see others around me without a mask, I guess subconsciously it made me uncomfortable.

It was a bizarre feeling, I was out in nature with my love, enjoying our exploring, and then reality hit with what the world’s gone through the past year. It happens, for anyone who’s felt the same, take a minute or 10, a deep breath, remember all the good that’s around you, and carry on.

I realise this is an over-share, but let’s be realistic, we’ve all done it and I couldn’t stop laughing …

The wave of anxiousness subsided, but then the realisation of how much I needed the loo hit.
I’m not going to lie to you, this happens.. and when nature calls, friends, sometimes you have to pick a spot, and pee behind a bush!
The views were glorious, but I was distracted by not only finding some bushes to hide behind so I couldn’t be seen, cursing myself for wearing tights, and preying some creature didn’t crawl up and bite my backside. How bloody awkward.

Anywho, that happened, my other half kept a look out and I wasn’t caught.

We made it to Headon Warren and took in the spectacular views, I haven’t visited here for years and forgot how beautiful the view was over the Needles.

We sat and had a little picnic on the beach which consisted of, Mixed cheese’s and meats on home made sour dough, chocolate chip cookies and cocktail sausages

Little collection of stones – I pick a few favourites and take them home to display in a glass jar – I do this every time we go to the beach

Two ladies to the right of us braved the calm waters for a swim, it looked freezing but they were laughing and had huge smiles on their faces for the time they were in the water.

It was lovely to just breath in the sea breeze, listen to the waves crash and relax.

We made our way back to the car by walking along the seafront, it had started to get alot busier, there’s always one or two who think they’re more important than others.

Even if social distancing wasn’t applicable, if you’re passing another party, move to one side, instead a group but 5 stood side by side strolling past others whilst they pressed themselves up against the wall to keep a bit of distance between them. The same walking up the cliff stairs, groups stopping and chatting mid step… Could you not?

We made our way up and back along the path smiling back at home owners sat in their gardens enjoying lunch with the radio playing.

Our looped walk of 3 and a bit miles was refreshing, I really need to get out more.

Kaya •

Isle of Wight

Carisbrooke Castle

Good afternoon friends,

I hope you’re all keeping well this beautiful Monday!

Yesterday morning, my family and I went for a social distancing at

‘The Castle’… Carisbrook Castle.

This beautiful 12th century castle was the location of where Charles I was held prisoner, before being beheaded.

The castle is currently closed to the public due to the global current events.

Standard Admission for the castle grounds is around £12.50 for adults and £7.50 for children.

Inside the grounds includes A chapel,museum, the well house, with a working well, operated by Donkeys, And many other rooms to explore.

In all honesty I havent been in the castle for years, the merchandise and the admission fee are over priced,but the site is beautiful to view from the outside also.

Leading up to and around the castle walks are extremly popular with all, and you can enjoy it for free.

Children and adults riding their bikes, walks with the family, visiting the horses on the adjacent fields, or just parking up outside the castle to take in the view

Walking around the moat of the castle, which you can run up and down of (great fun for sledding when it very rarely snows)

Beautiful old walls around the castle, with the most beautiful views over looking Newport,

A variety of pathways leading off of the path to local footpaths to and other ventures.

With many hidden windows and doors around the site, you cant help but peak through, and maybe attempt to wiggle the handle.

I’m forever thankful for our island, the sites, the nature, the history and all that is there to be discovered.

Kaya •