Thursday, 19 November 2015

A Gift from The Isles of Scilly


One of my favourite places on this planet is the Isles of Scilly. The Islands are situated just off the tip of Cornwall and I have been lucky enough to visit them many, many times.


Of these islands only five are inhabited. Most of the the islanders live on Saint Mary's with smaller communities on Bryher, Tresco, St Martins and St Agnes.

And one of the first places I go to every morning, when I switch my computer on, is the Scilly Web Cam Blog - so I can get my fix of the latest happenings on these islands - they just get under your skin .........

We are very lucky and can get there under our own steam - or should I say wind but that sounds a bit dodgy - so maybe I should clarify and say we sail and stay there on our boat.

Therefore, we are able to visit many of the islands and anchor off some of the most amazing beaches and coves. When the weather is hot, sunny and calm it can be paradise on earth but if the weather turns for the worst - and it can do that very quickly - it becomes hell, in fact there is one area of Bryher called Hell Bay where the waves from the Atlantic rush in and pound the shore, turning the seas into a boiling mass of white waters - which is why there are 530 wrecks registered in and around these islands - So although it is a beautiful place to visit and sail, it must be treated with respect........which is why I think I love to visit...... it seems like a perfect prize for managing to get there safely.

Here are a few of my hundred and thousands of photo's and you can tell just why I love it..........


Tourism is the main source of income for these islands, but during the winter months, that drops away so a second source of income is needed and because of their warm climate - even in the depth of winter - it's the perfect place to grow daffodils.

So every year when the weather turns cold and wet, the field of the Isles of Scilly start to flower ......


These flowers are harvested and sent off to the markets and florists all over Britain.

And when the first flowers are ready for picking, my Mum, orders a bunch of them to be sent to me to remind me of summer and the Scilly's.........Thanks Mum.......


This years box of flowers arrived at the beginning of November bringing the delicate but potent scent into our house.


I arranged them around the kitchen ....... One big vase full on the island unit (it seemed appropriate - flowers from an island on an island!) and then a few little arrangements dotted around......




Now I wish I could visit again today......... I will have to content myself with smelling the flowers and planning next years visit.......

Have a lovely day
Love Lizx