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St. Mary's

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  • Day2

    Travel to St Marys

    June 1, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We left Portland earlier than originally planned as we were advised to catch an earlier flight owing to the likelihood of fog later. So a brilliant bright sunny morning saw two cars packed and ready to head west. An easy drive, with stop at Oakhampton for bacon butties from Woody’s Diner, got us to Lands End a couple of hours early. Time to spot the three operational BN-2B Islanders ( and one in maintenance) and a twin Otter. Also to enjoy the new terminal building built with European assistance.
    Our flight in G-BUBN , five of us, a couple and a little boy, took off at 12.55 from a now concrete runway. Joel the pilot took us to 1500 feet at 108 knots and 15 minutes later we were approaching St Mary’s.
    A short transfer brought us to the centre of Hugh Town where we left our bags. Scilly has the same charm as we remembered and seems a little more prosperous. We found excellent lunch fare in the Farm Deli which we picnicked upon on Porthcressa Beach on new seating in front of the new Tourist information office. We spent the afternoon reacquainting with the town and harbour. Time for a picture on the Quay and Troytown raspberry ripple before we got into Trevessa , a very homely, comfortable well appointed house with a great yard in a great position next to Wingletang Guest house.
    Shopping in the Coop was a doddle and a stones throw away so no need to carry too far.
    So far so good.
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  • Day3

    St Marys & Nature Trials

    June 2, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Some of us were up early, went for a walk and got wet. Others more laid down didn’t surface until it was dry. After breakfast we all went to the little church we used to visit then ordered pasties from a little shop fronting Town Beach. We strolled to Porth Mellon passing Carn Thomas where have stayed and back along the beach. The pasties were ready by lunchtime and were delicious.
    The sun was now well and truly shining which made for a great walk along the nature trail to Old Town, up to Carag Dhu garden, through to Longstone Cafe, Holy Vale and down to Porth Hellick, where Nat found a square piece of urchin shell just right for a necklace. Wild flowers are amazing and abundant.
    We came back past the airport to Old Town and past the school. The old incinerator is now a colourful heap of wild flowers.
    An excellent day exploring many old haunts.
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  • Day5

    The Garrison

    June 4, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    Morning looked a bit uncertain so we did a spot of shopping including a visit to John Bordeaux pottery, where we were greeted by long lost friends, Juniper proving a big hit and being gifted a little wren in his new multicoloured glaze. He’s a very entertaining fellow.
    After lunch it perked up considerably which permitted a walk round the Garrison which terrific views over to St Agnes.
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  • Day8

    Juliet's and the Beach

    June 7, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Rain forecast. Preparations for othillo swimrun well underway and a few hardy soles out practicing. First stop to pick up St Agnes gin from Tanglewood behind the post Office. Then off to Porth Melon craft workshops followed by the gallery where we met Stephen Morris, the artist who had been painting a watercolour in the Main Street all week which he showed us. His uncle was married to Nan Heath who also painted watercolours many with wild flowers in the foreground. We then forged on through the rain of storm Miguel past Porth Loo and on to Juliet’s which now has a lovely new building as well as terraces with views for when the sun shines.
    We enjoyed a cream tea and watched the Scillonian sail in.
    Braving the passing storm we nipped along to the gate where we have a group family photo from some 25 years ago. Then back past the duck pond and Harry’s Walls for lunch at The Beach-excellent it was too!
    We all felt the need for a restful afternoon at base while the storm moderated.
    Late afternoon we met some new friends of J&N, who shared the same coat as Nat and an 11 week old. We had drinks, including Ales of Scilly special brew for them. Then we stayed on for tapas in Dibble and Grub on Porthcressa, sadly not conducive to sitting outside.
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  • Day2

    Arrival St. Mary's

    September 3, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    All the travel worked well, but it was a long journey. We left home at 9 p.m. Monday and got to st. Mary's at midday Tuesday. The b&b is very good and we are the only people in it. Lunch of mussels and shrimps overlooking the beach was a perfect way to start. So far it has been warm and sunny but there a chance of showers every day this week.Read more

  • Day2

    Evening walk

    September 3, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    After a rest we went for a walk around the promontory next to the town. Called "The Garrison", it is a fort started in 1540 and developed during the civil war, and the Napoleonic wars. Now it is an expensive hotel and restaurant. It is just an hour to walk all around and the views are spectacular over to all the other islands, which mostly are just 15 or 20 mins away by boat.Read more

  • Day4

    st. mary's

    September 5, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    A long walk up the middle of the island of St. Mary's to go the remains of an ancient settlement dating to a couple of hundred years A.D., and in use for another thousand years, and next to it a Bronze Age tomb from maybe 2000 years B.C. Then back along the coastal path to a restaurant in a spectacular site overlooking the bay. On the way back a trip to the small town of Old Town, including the grave of Harold Wilson.Read more

  • Day5


    September 6, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We were a bit apprehensive about the food on this trip as there are only a few restaurants on each island and a captive audience. We have definitely had to book a day in advance and several were fully booked or we had to eat early or late. However we have eaten really well (and too much) with wonderful fish and seafood including local crab, lobster, hake, megrim, mackerel, mussels. The reviews said the restaurants were expensive but we found them not much different to London prices. We will definitely have to diet when we get home.Read more

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