I have just spent five days on the Isle of Wight; a beautiful, laid back British Island.
It is like going back in time when it comes to the helpfulness of bus drivers, the attitude of the locals, and the way it is unspoilt and I want to go back again! We always stay in Shanklin or Sandown and this time stayed in a little village near Ventnor. Highlights were the history of Carisbrooke Castle and Osbourne House, the beauty of Yarmouth and the coastal roads between Ventnor and Yarmouth, the handsome houses along the way with their pretty flowering gardens, and the peace and tranquillity of the Botanical Gardens, which nestles on the coast of Ventnor in a micro-climate, growing plants and flowers not grown in anywhere else in the UK.
Impressed? I was. But, most of all it is the true fresh air that we enjoyed due to such a lack of traffic and pollution and the wildlife – red squirrels and badgers in particular. Of a night, we were privy to seeing wild badgers feeding where we got within three feet of them. They were very cautious of us, which is great, as man is their biggest threat, and I couldn’t believe how big and cuddly they looked. They munched away, making quite a racket, yet they ate very slowly, which surprised me for such a large creature. Absolutely cute, beautiful and very special, I cannot believe how people can even think to cull these wonderful animals; part of few species of unusual wildlife we have left in the UK compared to the past.
So, the point of this blog? Well, in keeping with my recent spate of inspiring blog posts, I just wanted to share highlights of the Island with you and to re-iterate how important it is that we take a break sometimes from our normal lives, even if just for a day, to refresh our mind, body and soul. In just five days of walking and taking buses round the Island, I feel totally refreshed and relaxed and even ready to start my seventh book, which hopefully will be my first novel!
And to ease me into being back home, as I sometimes have issues with change, I have the excitement of picking up Titus my cat and Molly my hamster today. I cannot wait to see them! Titus is very important to me; I cannot begin to tell you how much he has helped me calm down and enjoy life more. My depression improves all the time and he is a very loving boy.
If you can adopt or foster a cat or dog or other animal, then do go check out the animal rescue centres such as RSPCA, Cats Protection, Battersea cats and dogs etc. They have a huge number of animals that need and deserve a loving home. Animals do not have to be a pedigree to be a great pet, and it helps to reduce the need for pedigrees which are sometimes bred by people just in it for the money and not for the animals’ health and happiness – sad but true.
Have a great Monday!