We have been living on the Isle of Wight for one whole year now! I must say the transition from London to countryside has been much easier than I thought it would be. We moved from south east London to a very small town (one of the smallest in Britian) next to a nature reserve (and the sea of course!). Strangely we seem to have more social life here than in London. I guess there are not as many young people around so they tend to be more friendly and get to know each other quickly, most are not originally from the Island so have moved here for the same reasons as us. I love the pace of life down here, lots of interesting people and fresh air. Our daughter has a lovely group of friends of different ages and is looking forward to her second birthday soon, blimey!
She loves the area we live because she can walk a few yards from our house and see ducks and swans and fish, woods and river and marshes. Everyone walks their dogs and socialises that way too.There are many blackberries to be picked and wild plants to learn about. Best of all she likes to throw pebbles into the water.
The Island has lots of nice events going on during the summer too, not all of them we have managed to get to, but the ones involving vehicles seem top of the list for my mister.
This was the scooter rally...
(dancing to The Jam)
fruit and veg shopping in Bembridge...
Going to the beach used to be something we did when it was a really hot day, but now we live so close, we go to the beach whenever, or just stop off on the way to get somewhere, or just park the car so the nipper can have a snooze.
There are many people who own vintage cars on the Island too, so my mister has met lots of other like minded locals. This was a small Morris Minor event taking place at the steam railway station.
we found the bus that we hired for our wedding...
We did SOOO much more which I can't squeeze in here, but suffice to say that we have had a really good year, and much more exciting times to come no doubt ; )