I may be ending this week a little bit tired - a lot tired in all honesty - but it has so been worth it. I took Wednesday and Thursday off work and went out to play (I know, on a work day). Wednesday saw a planned trip to the Isle of Wight with an early start - really early start. The ferry was booked for 7am (I don't get up in the mornings until 7.05) so to have to be up, dressed, ready to leave home over an hour before I awaken was never going to be easy for me. It didn't help that the night before I got caught up in the Olympics (cycling) and there was a problem forcing it to run late which meant I went to bed a lot later than I had planned; it was well worth waiting up for though. I was on the edge of my seat at one point - I never knew riding a bike could be so exciting.
The ferry crossing was lovely, which is always a bonus when I hate being on a boat. Jase had 2 jobs to do over there which were done by 9.15 then the day was ours to do as we wished.
A coffee and stroll along the beach at Sandown started our time off lovely. I even went for a paddle :) Had I taken a swimsuit with me I do believe I would have stayed there longer and had myself a swim. The sun was bloody hot and being in the water would have cooled me down nicely :) I was surprised at how few people there were - in fact the 2 days we were out and about really were very quiet for the time of year. Maybe everyone knew I was going to be about so kept out the way - except the family in the pub yesterday that we stopped in for lunch. The place was huge (there must have been 50 different tables). We were the only 2 people in there until this family of 4 entered and sat on the table behind us. An empty pub and they practically sat on my our laps. I just don't understand humans at times.
We left the beach and headed to the Zoo. Now, I know it's more of a rescue centre, but I will admit I expected a little bit more. There was a cage of Lemurs, followed by another cage of Lemur. If you were lucky you might have seen a Lemur or 2 in one of the other cages. The spider monkey cages had spider monkeys in them. One part of the building - it's all based around an old fort - housed a POO museum (yes, you did hear me right, a poo museum). I nearly forgot the meerkats, but what zoo doesn't have those.
There were 2 cages with a tiger in each (beautiful creatures) and 1 with 2 lions (male and female) in. I didn't get any photo's of the lions but Jase got one that makes the male lion look like he may have been smoking a wee bit of pot :)
The zoo took about an hour out of our day (I did come away slightly disappointed in it - maybe my expectations were too high). After leaving there we had a bit of a mooch about, before finding ourselves at the Garlic Farm (Jase wanted some garlic jam.. I know, garlic, jam? I am yet to be convinced and not brave enough to try it). I did, however, try the garlic ice cream - yes, such a thing does exist. I wouldn't have chosen to purchase any to try, but as we were walking around the grounds this lady decided to talk to me and basically shoved a spoonful of the stuff at me (she'd bought it for herself but was willing to share, for some strange reason :) ) I was surprised it wasn't as disgusting as I thought it would be - in fact it wasn't unpleasant at all. It wasn't however something I would want to eat again, no matter how many times the lady tried to shove another spoonful at me.
The rest of the day we spent mooching. We had lunch at the Victoria Country Park (a nice place to stop). I inadvertently and unintentionally had some poor lad nearly cry with laughter even though he was trying so hard not to. I decided to sit up on a wall - not a big issue, except I forgot I wasn't wearing leggings and did in fact have a cotton dress on, which meant there was no give to the material. As I just got myself high enough and went to move my fat ass backwards onto the wall itself, so the material pulled taught and I ended up literally bouncing off the wall instead. Jase laughed at me the 3 times I tried (and failed) before I realised what I was doing wrong, successfully (kind of) getting myself up there on my 4th attempt. This wasn't without it's issues though, as the material still failed to shift, but I was in a better start position which is what got me up there. I ended up breaking my dress strap though because of the taught pull and I ended up having to tie the strap to my bra strap to keep the thing from falling down (I just don't have big enough boobies to hold tops up on their own :) ) There is video of the moment that I am sure will be shared on social media at some point.
We found ourselves driving down some pretty narrow roads which lead us to a small nature reserve where you are almost guaranteed to see a red squirrel. There was another couple at the lookout hut when we got there (he was a right miserable git who I heard say to his wife after Jase had asked him one question "why don't they just fuck off and stop asking me things?". They then made loads of noise (I think they were trying to get us to leave - they gave in before we did). About 5 minutes after they left I saw one on the window shelf of the hut. Luckily (in one way) I'd put my zoom on so snapped off a couple of shots but they were too dark, then Jase walked down to it so he was in my way. It did make its way to where I was but the shot I got is a bit blurry as I didn't get chance to change to a shorter lens and couldn't stand back far enough to get a crisp shot, but I am happy with it.
Our ferry back that night was 11pm so it was gone midnight by the time I got home. I had to be at work early on Thursday to get the days deliveries ready for the drivers before heading down to Dorset for the day. I still never got to Carisbrook Castle or Quarr Abbey - 2 places I've wanted to visit the last 3 times I've been to the Island. That's a hint if anyone wants to take me :)
Every year a friend and I go to Lulworth Castle as they have an open-air cinema down there. She's not been well and has been unable to come out to play all year (she's not been well enough for me to visit her for an evening either). As Jase knew I how much I love to go but didn't have anyone to go with, he organised to take me (he also knows what a huge Star Wars fan I am and as they were showing 'The Force Awakens' he knew it made it an ever better trip out for me. My favourite place and Star Wars, what more could a girl want? I normally end up on the beach at the cove for half an hour but yesterday it was so busy we'd never have got near, so we headed to Weymouth then sat on the hill at Bowleaze Cove watching the world go by before making our way to the castle.
I won't lie, when I saw the friend I usually go with (who's been telling me she's too poorly to see me) sitting on a chair a few rows in front of me, I felt hurt - really hurt, but such is life. There were some great people sitting around me and Jase, I had a perfect view of the screen, the skies were clear, the moon was full and it was Star Wars. Happy Days. The perfect ending to a great couple of days. :)