"We should write a blog about our days out when we have a disastrous day like this" said Mrs Guru, as rain pounded on the car windscreen.
"I do write a blog about our days out" I pointed out.
"Really?" said my wife.
I appreciate that my audience is not in the millions, but I had hoped that the person I share a bed with might at least be aware of this blog's existence. Oh well.
The day in question was a classic example of the importance of chasing the good weather whilst on an Isle of Wight holiday.
The Isle of Wight had been veering between sunshine, rain and thunderstorms all day and unfortunately we rather got it wrong.
It all started well, with a trip to Bembridge - the Isle of Wight's premier rockpooling spot (I'll omit the breakfast trip to McDonalds so you won't think less of me). For once, I even persuaded my wife to find some free parking and walk a little way down to the beach.
Literally 30 seconds after we begun searching in the rockpools, the downpour and thunder begun and we were forced to make a frantic run to the (distant) car, dropping various possessions as we ran.
After lunch in the car, watching the rain dribbling down the windshield, we headed for Appley Park which is a good free place to visit with a decent medium sized playground and the remains of a Victorian Battery to explore.
Needless to say, the rain stopped whilst we drove and then immediately started up again when we opened the car door.
Finally, our plans to visit the Isle of Wight Mardi Gras were scuppered when a thunderstorm forced organisers to postpone the whole thing.
So, not our most successful day. We did return to Puckpool Park a couple of days later (see photos above..), and we will be coming back to Bembridge soon.
Next time the weather's looking dodgy though, I think we'll opt for something a little safer on a rainy day.
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