Saturday, 31 July 2010

A Wonderfully Scilly Time

I haven't had time to sew as there has been so much 'doing' time. I try, if I can to keep a journal of I'm not using a needle. Trying to capture some moments so that they last longer...

We have had a wonderful time, my family and I, away from technology, in Cornwall with some very special friends who live on The Roseland.
We took our first visit to the Scilly Isles, which lie 30 miles south-west of Cornwall, on a little 16 seater plane. Below is a watercolour sketch of the island Bryher which I adored. It is barren and remote with white sands and curious granite rock formations.

The best mode of transport is bike on some islands. Mostly there are no cars. Some are only suitable on foot.

We were lucky that Valerie's son, William, skippered a little yacht over to St. Martins one day for us.

Sometimes there was a lowering sky...

Boats filled the horizon. We slept at The Harbourside Hotel on the quay on St. Martin's which a wonderful hub of sailing activity....

One day we had a wonderful trip to Tresco and admired the abbey gardens full of tropical, sub-tropical and Mediterranean planting. Finally we returned for a few more days in Cornwall.

In Portscatho, back on the mainland, I had to go into the wonderful little shop called The Sea Garden where I bought this little jar of treasures - vintage scraps, ribbons, threads and buttons inside - which I must use for my Jude Hill workshop when I finally have time to get cracking on it...

A few photos ....
Agapanthus growing wild by the sea on the island of Tresco

man to man...


Sunset from St. Mary's

Children having fun on the beach.
How lucky we are to have Smartie waiting for us at home as we reluctantly return!


  1. I have loved the Scilly Isles ever since we first flew there in 1963. We have visited regularly since then, though not so often now, but it has always been a source of inspiration to me. Thankyou so much for sharing your lovely holiday.

  2. What a super journal. I had to visit the Sea Garden when we were in Portscatho in June.

  3. Your holiday looks a dream, I am impressed by the journal what a great memento. I look forward to seeing what you do with the contents of the magic jar.

  4. What a wonderful trip that looks like!

  5. Mad woman from CornwallSun Aug 01, 09:21:00 pm BST

    We meet many aquaintances as we wander through life ... Some go on to become friends and just once in a blue moon a few will become special friends ... The sort you can actually share a two week holiday with and enjoy every minute ! Sharing our love of the beautiful Scillies was a joy and what luck , back in 2005 , you chose to holiday here at Pollaughan so we got to meet the fabulous Wassermann family. Am feeling so inspired to get sewing , journalling and preserving memories for my children !

  6. Great photos, particularly of your journal pages. Very inspiring. Wonderful little jar of treasures.

  7. Wonderful watercolors and I love the treasure jar.

  8. I've never been to the Scilly Isles but it's on my to-do list! I loved your journal..beautiful.


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