Isle of Wight, UK
20 January 2015 | Brighstone
Karyn, overcast and cold
I am writing to you from our second house sit in the United Kingdom. Our first sit was in the small village of Colne, Engaine in Essex. We had an incredible time in a beautifuly decorated cottage, while we cared for their black lab puppy, Bugle and their three chickens. It was there we spent Christmas and New Years. We attended St. Andrews Anglican Church. The people in the village and the home owners were so nice to us. It feels like we really made new friends. We did a lot of sight seeing in both Essex and Suffolk. It is a beautiful part of England with so much history. We are learning so much. The Pub, The Five Bells, was the center of our village life. Even the carol sings were held there...with lots of Ale and fish and chips!
Now we have moved to a small island south of mainland England called "The Isle Of Wight. This little island is known for sailing with regattas originating in Cowes. Perhaps you have read of them. Recently a container ship went aground between Portsmouth and this island. We saw it from the ferry as we crossed. We, of course, are here in the winter time. Tourist attractions are not all open and we don't see many sailboats on the water. However, it is a beautiful place. When the sun comes out it is magnificent. As in most sits, we attended church at St. Mary's in Brighstone, and had a lovely experience. Worshiping in these medieval churches is amazing. Like in Colne Engaine, several parishes share clergy. Last Sunday, we heard a Methodist Minister, even though it was an Anglican Church. People here are very friendly, and The Three Bishops is the local pub. It also has a village shop where most everything else is sold. It is a lovely way to live. We are staying in a small attached cottage. that would be a duplex in the US. It is 2 story with everything one needs to be quite comfortable. The owners are very nice. They have gone to the Canary Islands to vacation. While here, we had a memorable visit to Carisbrooke Castle, the home of Queen Victoria's daughter Beatrice, and where King Charles I was imprisoned and then beheaded (in London). It is in remarkable condition. Queen Victoria's home, Osbourne House is also here. We will visit it next weekend. We have a black labrador again. Her name is Rosie and she is a dear. Such a sweet nature. Our next sit is near Canterbury. We have a week in between and are using it to the fullest. We will go to Salisbury, Bath and London. We have found places on Air B & B. This is a great site for inexpensive lodging around the world. We don't have too many pictures of Isle of Wight as yet, but will update the Essex pictures and start with this new locale. When you see these pictures, you will see us bungled up head to toe. THIS is not the South Pacific.
Oh yes, unfortunately the family that bought Realtime has had a family illness that has forced them to put Realtime back on the market. We feel so badly for them. We pray they find a buyer soon and for healing for their family member.