We visited The Needles on what turned out to be a very breezy day (evidence as above) – which was a little disappointing as the cable car was shut down! There’s still a fantastic view though.
The weather was so windy, grey and miserable that we simply had no choice but to return to The Garlic Farm for some comfort food.
This time round, we opted for the mezze sharing board – which came covered in a glorious amount of garlic!
There was garlic bread, garlic puree, a whole roasted garlic bulb, hummus, pickles, fried courgettes, garlic mushrooms and sweet potatoes. It was an interesting mix and thoroughly enjoyable to share!
For dessert, we decided to share again and chose the cake mezze platter. Chocolate, vanilla and coffee & walnut. Very nice, especially when washed down with a cup of tea!
On our way back to the campsite, we stopped in Newport to have a look around.
Newport is a fairly normal town, with normal shops, so we had a walk along the waterfront instead to have a look at the boats. A very pleasant way to spend the afternoon!
Garlic. Who doesn’t like it? I personally love garlic, so The Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight was a must-visit. I’ve never seen so many varieties of garlic before (who knew there were so many?), but we really went there for the shop and the restaurant.
Yes, they even put garlic into their beer. Apparently it tastes nice…
After much deliberation, I went for the Crab & Mozzarella Melt. Which was very nice indeed – although not very garlicky!
If you’re ever over on the Isle of Wight, I’d highly recommend a visit to The Garlic Farm – even if you don’t love garlic as much as I do! The restaurant is fantastic and cosy, and on a sunny day there is lots to explore outside. Unfortunately for us it was a very, very wet day!
This is one clove of Elephant Garlic – bigger than my thumb. Absolutely enormous!
Slightly damp, but full of food, we jumped back in the van and headed (through lots of traffic) back to our campsite…
… Where we discovered that our tent was, in fact, not waterproof. Perhaps that was why it was such a bargain! We mopped up the puddles, made dinner and then climbed into the dry, warm van. Lovely!
As you will have already seen – we bought a van, which Tom has spent months converting into a camper van! (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, read here)
So, for Cowes Week this year, we booked a pitch at a campsite and took the van across to the Isle of Wight for the week! We caught the 3am ferry (that was a long day…) and arrived on the IOW an hour later. After a couple of hours sleep in a lay-by, we awoke to glorious sunshine and headed over to our campsite, set up camp and had a nap!
The van itself is big enough for the two of us, but we decided to get a tent so that we could store our gear, set up a kitchen and have a covered area to spread out in. It worked well at first… (more on that later!).
After our nap and some breakfast, we decided to walk into Cowes – which was about 2 miles and very hilly. Never again!
We made a beeline straight for our favourite cafe for a bite to eat and a milkshake. Tiffins of Cowes, located on the main high street, does the best milkshakes you have ever tasted – complete with a dollop of frozen yoghurt, a flake and a strawberry. Delicious. Especially when accompanied by a freshly made bacon and avocado baguette!
During Cowes week, the main esplanade is filled with shopping stands, food & drink stalls and tourists. Last year they had a Pimms teapot – and this year they had rum!
Stay tuned to see the rest of our time on the Isle of Wight…
Back in the Summer, Dad and I went on our first ‘Photography Walkshop’ – hosted by Strong Island. On a drizzly Saturday, we headed over to Warsash (overlooking Southampton Water), put on all our waterproof gear and got our cameras out.
*I was feeling ever so slightly smug about the fact that my camera is waterproof when the rain returned!*
Paul, from Strong Island, runs the workshops as a fun, interactive way to learn more about your camera and how to use it. They welcome everything from compact digital cameras through to the fanciest, heaviest SLR camera – so no one is left out! This walk shop focused on composition and angles – and I’m pretty pleased with the results!
*The series of photos below is my personal favourite!*
We even had a very quick chance to try out a bit of wildlife photography! I think I need to improve my deer stalking though…
If you’re Hampshire based and would like to learn a little more about photography, or just explore a new place, I’d recommend going on a walkshop! Find out more here, and have a chat with Paul if you have any questions!