Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Hi Cool Cats,

I'm not sure if I've ever really mentioned this before, but I'm an Islander, born-and-raised. These days I'm just as likely to be found wandering around London or Berkshire, but the Isle of Wight is still (and probably always will be) where I consider to be my real home. 

Not too shabby, huh?

I've been hiding out down here quite a lot this summer (I don't think I'd be able to survive this heat without being able to dip my head in the sea at regular intervals!) and Baloo agrees; much as he loves the hustle and bustle as what we bumpkins refer to as 'the Mainland', he's a beach bum at heart.

Whenever I come down here, I find myself irresistibly drawn to my old childhood pursuits. These include (but are not limited to):

(1) Tree-climbing: like a (red) squirrel.

(2) Country drives - I say "drives", but I'm actually being driven. At the grand old age of 23, that pesky pink license still alludes me.

(3) Playing in the Sea - My favourite game is one called Pirates, where you jump on to other peoples vessels and capsize them, leaping back to your own without getting wet (if you're a very skilled pirate),  and infuriating friends, siblings, and the occasional unsuspecting stranger as you make your escape, calling back "TAKE THAT, YE SCAR FACED MANGEY CURRRRR!!!!".

Ahem. It is possibly best to avoid any kind of water-based activities with me.

(4) Treasure Hunting - There are few things that give me more pleasure than wandering through little village stalls and shops on a sunny afternoon. My room is stuffed full of knick-knacks appropriated on such meanderings.

(5) Cream Teas - no explanation necessary, right?

(6) Fancy Dress - here is a fetching picture of me dressed as a unicorn, for your pleasure. 

Anyway, I was wondering if you'd be interested in a few posts which detail (slightly more thoroughly) my favourite places and activities down here? Either just for funsies, or if you've been considering a visit? A sort of Mona's Guide to the Isle of Wight style thing? 

I have a feeling that Baloo and I could write a pretty comprehensive guide, and it is the year of the Staycation, apparently!
Please let me know what you think!
Enjoy the sunshine,



  1. Yes, more isle of wight posts please! Also, that unicorn photo of you is HILARIOUS!

  2. Brilliant photos! I've only ever been to the Isle of Wight once and I loved it. A guide would be brilliant. We didn't know anything about it and ended up in a caravan park in the middle of nowhere! Thankfully we had the car. x

  3. it looks so pretty, i'd love to visit one day :)

  4. I went to the Isle of Wight for my year 6 school trip and i've been meaning to go back! I'd love to read a little guide.

  5. I'd love to get my hands on a guide written by the wonderful you! Although I had to cancel my London trip last minute due to big money problems crushing on me (dammit) I'd love to have inspiration for a future trip!! Xoxo Isa

  6. Such fun summer pictures! Love especially you in the tree, you are gorgeous. And YES to a isle-guide!

    xo Miriam

  7. Ahaha, your description of 'Pirates' made me laugh, as did the unicorn photo. The dress you are wearing is almost identical to the one I have on right now O.o

  8. tralala, comment to check if my last comment published, tralala.

  9. I've never been to the Isle of Wight but would love to go! I'd love to read more detailed posts about it :) x


  10. your blog is the only one i love to read to be honest! always thrilled when i hear you posted something :)) more about the isle of wight was wonderful! after this post i wanna go there so badly haha xx

  11. Mona sweetie! When are you going to do your IoW guide to fun? I'd like to have a day trip there soon!
    Minny x

  12. I've never been to the Isle of Wight, it looks gorgeous! Also, how cute is Baloo? No really how cute is he?! x


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Mona x

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