When does an island feel like an island? On a recent trip to the Isle of Wight I wondered about this question. I love the island for its feel of lots of places to explore and discover, ease of getting around and some beautiful views. But at times you have to remind yourself that it is an island. The island is approximately 23 miles by 13 miles, around 150 square miles, so it is a reasonable size although it can be circumnavigated easily in a day. It is large enough that you can be inland and not feel like it’s an island at all, which is what got me thinking about what makes an island feel like an island?
Earlier this month we had a great long weekend away in London, travelling down on the Friday and staying until Saturday evening. We revisited Greenwich Observatory where on the Prime Meridian we got engaged on April 10 2010, exactly five years previous to our visit. As it was the end of the Half Term week, there were quite a few visitors there and also a telescope had been set up to allow you to look at the sun, seeing sunspots and solar prominences. The people running it were very knowledgeable and made our visit a little more interesting. (more…)
Well, I can’t believe how this month has flown by and that my last post was at the end of February! A fair bit has happened this month, which is my excuse for not writing until now. As a birthday treat for me we went away to South Wales for a long weekend, to visit our favourite spot there – Dunraven Bay. I first found this place when trying to locate a beach close to Cardiff, another favourite destination. I guess there may be closer places to visit from Cardiff, but having found this bay it is now on our list of regular places to visit, which we have done in all seasons and weathers.
Incidentally, Dunraven Bay has been used by BBC Wales most notably for Doctor Who. You can see the bay in these episodes : Army of Ghosts/Doomsday: filmed 16 January 2006 (where the bay was called Bad Wolf Bay and meant to be in Norway for the tenth doctor’s / David Tennant final farewell to Rose Tyler / Billie Piper ) , Journey’s End: filmed 5 March 2008 and The Time Of Angels/Flesh And Stone: filmed 20-21 July 2009 (just in case you were interested). Dunraven Bay would also be my own personal Journey’s End as you will read later.