We have just been visiting our wonderful family on the Isle of Wight. We went to deliver Christmas presents to them, and came back with an enormous pile of presents from them to us.
We had a lovely time with them all and it was good to catch up on their news. Rob just home from his first term at university, Tom preparing for a music exam, Michael trying to decide on a future career (whatever he chooses will be a success), lovely Abbi busily working on her design project for her media studies, and the beautiful Samantha well into her travel and tourism studies. A remarkable group of young people, good examples of the youth of today and a credit to Mum and Dad (Thea and Steve) What a pity young people get such a bad press when there are fine boys and girls like these five.
The Isle of Wight is a fascinating place. There are so many beautiful Victorian and Edwardian houses. I could not help wondering who lived in them when they were first built. Were they the holiday homes of rich Londoners or were they the permanent homes of island dwellers? Of course the fact that Queen Victoria had her holiday home at Osborne would have encouraged others to move to the island. But what did they do when they got there?
The Isle of Wight was quite an art centre in the nineteenth century. Alfred Lord Tennyson lived in Freshwater Bay as also did the famous art photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Dickens also spent time on the island as, I am sure, many other writers and artists did.
I would like to research the origins of homes on the island. So there is something for me to think about. An interesting project.