Bank Holiday Weekend


It’s been a lovely weekend on the island with excellent weather. It certainly started well for me because we got everything done on the project and didn’t have to work over the weekend to finish off. There was a real chance of this happening, so it was relief all round at work.

Last week, Clare, my Mum, was staying, and Ella had lots of good time with her. As mentioned in the posting before this, Hannah and I took advantage and went to the cimema last weekend. Apart from the usual choir reherseal, I don’t think we went out otherwise, but certainly we benefited from not having to be responsive to Ella’s hour of wakening, which is getting earlier (often before 7).

Over the weekend we’ve been by the sea quite a lot. On Saturday we went to Chessell Pottery and tried to do some pottery painting with Ella. It has to be said she wasn’t too interested in that, she did like trying to paint the table instead, and beforehand had really enjoyed looking at the little fountain in their courtyard, and picking kidney beans, black beans, haricot beans and chickpeas out of my salad. She does have a very eclictic palate. After the pottery we went to Compton Bay, and being completely unprepared and bad parents, Ella got very sandy and wet and we didn’t have a towel or swimming costume for her. She really loved playing in a pool of water on the beach and digging in the sand. Eventually she was naked, and we dried her off using one of Hannah’s jumpers, which she also then wore. She did get to enjoy an ice cream afterwards.

On Sunday we didn’t go a great deal, but in the evening met up with Barbara (Gan-gan) and Brian, and Barbara’s brother, David; his wife, Diane, and their daugher Isobel, who was one of our bridesmaids. Generally it was a lovely evening at The Woodvale in Gurnard enjoying the evening sun and views over the Solent, but early on was marred by Ella having a very long crying episode. She clung to Hannah sobbing away for fifteen minutes, before having a few minutes with me, and then deciding to cheer up and play with Barbara and Isobel. We don’t know what started it, and she was happy as Larry for the rest of the evening.

Today seemed set to be rainy, and so we set out to Ryde to meet Hannah’s sister, Rachel, expecting to have to choose some indoor entertainment. By the time we got there it was brightening up so we went to St Helen’s beach, which is over on the east of the island, not far from Ryde. The weather got better and better, and soon Ella was digging away on the beach again. She didn’t get nearly as messy as Saturday, mostly because the sand was dry and not very sticky, but she did have lots of time digging away and a wee paddle with Auntie Rachel. There’s a cafe right on the beach so we had some great scones when we arrived and a pleasant lunch later on.

All-in-all, a very pleasant weekend taking in the island like the tourists do. Though there weren’t many tourists at the choir reherseal this evening, so we weren’t entirely like tourists all weekend.

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