First Comfort Break
Arrived at Portsmouth
|Tate posing for the camera!!|
George & Jacob making sure Mrs Irwin is still awake!!
Lunch on the Ferry
The children have now arrived safely on the Isle of Wight (13.55)
|George looking impressed with his find!!|
Looking at Dinosaur Fossils
Having so much fun here on the Isle of Wight although we do miss you! The ferry was relaxing and we loved watching the waves float past; we made massive waves behind us! Dinosaur Isle was amazing but we didn’t find any bones! The museum had some robotic dinosaurs that made authentic noises - a bit scary when the roar caught us unawares!
The hotel owners are very friendly and we’ve had a delicious dinner. We’re now off to the beach with our spades.... some of us may even have a paddle in the sea!
We’re all having a great time. We’re all completely over-excited and we’re enjoying it so far. We loved the ferry and really wanted to find some amazing fossils on the beach but we didn’t today. Dinner was really tasty and we’re on our way to the beach to play games. None of us are missing parents at the moment - a few of us our missing our dogs!
Having so much fun but missing you all. We love who we are sharing rooms with. It took a long time to get here, we had a few stops along the way to break up the journey. We liked the shop at Dinosaur Island and spent our money on all sorts of things. Lots of us have matching bracelets! Just going down to the beach, some of us are digging and some of us are going to read our books!!!!
At the Beach
Early morning walk to the beach
|Guess who's on the left!!!|
We really enjoyed the beach on Monday evening. It gave us the chance to run around and to get rid of some of our energy. Archie got stuck in the sand, Tate sat down in the water but forgot he didn’t have dry clothes with him to change into. :-). Zak was covered in sand from head to foot. We played frisbee, and splashing at the edge of the water.
Amazon World was amazing. Everyone loved the meerkats and the monkeys. The shop was amazing but was very expensive. We thought the falconry display was jaw-dropping because everyone who wanted to, got to ‘fly’ a falcon. Archie liked the Harris Hawk because it was called Archie.
The beach was really nice on Monday evening but the water was very cold even though we were only paddling. We played tennis on the beach - very badly. We we enjoyed the walk there - downhill - but we all struggled on the uphill journey home especially after a long day.
Thea was being a pirate in the bedroom and making us all laugh. We’re trying to win the tidy bedroom award. Everyone is doing their bit. One of the dads gave us money to buy a treat and we thought that was really nice - thank you whoever it was.
The falconry display was cool. The birds flew very close over our heads. Our favourite was Buzz the Barn Owl. Amazon World was excellent but it was really, really hot in there. We liked the monkeys and the ocelots best. The playground outside was excellent, there were climbing things and other activities that were really challenging.
Thank you for the donation from a kind person who paid for us all to have a slushy at Amazon World.
The birds of prey were very interesting but even better, we got to fly them which we enjoyed; Buzz the barn owl was lighter than Archie the falcon. At first we thought Ringo the vulture with a pink face was ugly but after looking at him closely we realised he was pretty cute with useful features. His face went white when he stopped being excited. We also like the ferrets with their maze of tunnels to run through; we were amazed at how they managed to squeeze through the tight space.
We liked the experience of the rainforest even though it was VERY hot and steamy. We enjoyed going in with the lemurs and the wallabies. Outside we got to watch the endangered African penguins being fed. There were fascinating birds with lovely colours and a macaw which said hello.
After dinner we are off to play crazy golf at Pirates Cove which some of us passed on our early morning walk along the seafront before breakfast.
In the Hotel
|Struggling to wake up!!|
|Wonder who's bedroom this is!!!|
Osbourne House Play Area
Having another picnic
I liked walking round Osborne House. The ice cream was delicious, I had salted caramel. We feel like we’ve walked for miles! We’ve had a really good day so far.... Grace
We’ve just been paddle boarding and it was freezing cold but it was amazing! Lilliann was terrified at first but she soon got used to it and then she loved it! Thea said it was great fun, and she was really good at it. Mia said the wet suits were very tight and the water was very cold but it was worth it. Mia, Thea, Lilliann
We enjoyed the Victorian experience, acting like servants (although just for half an hour!). We now know how to lay the table, make a bed using folded sheets, paper twists to light the fire and we also ground coffee beans and sugar lumps, and blended tea.
Jasmine R liked the museum - there were loads of paintings and so many interesting things to look at, even Queen Victoria’s death bed. On her private beach we saw her bathing machine that rolls into that water so that no one could see her swimming.
The play house was huge - about the size of our family homes; it even had an upstairs! Each of her 9 children had their own named patch of garden to grow flowers, fruit and vegetables. They were also taught how to cook in their playhouse kitchen.
Emilia said it was a laugh watching everyone try to surf! Alice found it fun but Bea and Yasmin didn’t like seawater getting in their mouths. Even though we fell off our boards (and got a bit chilly!) it was enjoyable. Some people persevered even though they didn’t find it easy. We made a raft out of everybody’s surf boards and just about managed to get everyone to stand up on it for a few seconds before everyone fell in! To warm up, we made a tunnel of legs and everyone had to crawl through along the sand. There was one final canoeing game before it was time to get out and warm up.
Archie said he had salt water everywhere! He was a bit nervous to start with but then got used to it and would do it again if he got the chance. Once Zak got confident he went round the outside of people, then he crashed into someone else’s board and face-planted in the sand!! Leo thought paddle boarding was amazing and definitely wants to go again. Zak, Archie and Leo
|Arriving home after Paddle Boarding|
- Archie gave his permission to use this photo!!!
|Alice outside Emily's shop.|
Boat Cruise round The Needles
It was a bit wet today, it wouldn’t stop raining and we got a bit soggy.
The model village had several models of the model although not all of us managed to see all the churches we should have been able to but we did see the streaker on the football pitch! They had a working train on a model track, there was so much detail and we felt like giants next to all the models! It was dream for Leo who already likes models but also felt tall for once. The shop was reasonably priced for our pocket money!
The boat trip was a bit wobbly and rocking but there was a rock by the lighthouse that looked like a ship although Mrs Redding thought it looked like a guinea pig! It was interesting to see the Needles and the different coloured layers of sand. All good fun!
The shopping bit of Alum Bay was briliant and we got some cool stuff. Quite a few of us have bought sand ornaments while others bought watches.
We have enjoyed our final day on the Isle of Wight. We have one more sleep here and then our final activity will be in Portsmouth before heading home tomorrow.