April Sunshine and Back in Time
It's been a mixed bag when it comes to our weather recently but in the last few days over the Easter holidays we've had plenty of warm sunshine. The days are noticeably longer now with sunrise around 6am and sunset around 8pm so those warm, hot, sultry summer evenings are not too far away now.
I've been making the most of being out and about again - networking took a knock for a while but there's been plenty going on with some interesting events. Firstly, the IW Chamber of Commerce organised a super event at the Isle of Wight Havenstreet Steam Railway, where we were treated to a tour of all the new facilities and a look around the sheds where volunteers put in a fantastic number of hours to restore the trains, which was followed by an hour long journey on the steam train through the Island's beautiful countryside. It was definitely like going back in time.
The second event, organised again by IW Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Quarr Abbey, showcased their new holiday accommodation, The Old Abbey Farmhouse. This historical and idyllic property boasts walls going back 900 years! Our host made the event a memorable one, with Prosecco and Canapes, as well as interesting facts and details about the history of the Old Abbey Farmhouse, and the surrounding lands belonging to Quarr Abbey itself.
Naturally, there's always a Breakfast to meet up with others and the Isle of Wight College hosted this month's event - held in their Restaurant it showcases the skills of the students who are gain qualifications in the hospitality trade, giving them experience of waiting on tables in a formal restaurant setting. Always a very delicious full English breakfast too.
And of course, the sailing season is getting underway again and over the Easter Bank Holiday we enjoyed following some of the racing in Cowes, as well as a quick sprint to Seaview to watch the boats head out to the Forts.
There's no doubt that living on the Isle of Wight is such a fantastic place to be.