donderdag 2 maart 2017

Treasure Island

In Suzanne's latest post, she asked us which three items we would take with us to a desert island.


Without hesitation, I opted for my camera, a notebook and an e-reader filled to the brim with books.

Wait a minute, where's the e-reader, I can hear you say. Well, as I do not have one, preferring actual books, which I can touch and smell (yes, I know!), I'd have to go out and buy one should the occasion arise.


Cheekily, I also sneaked in my favourite vintage dress (oh, the options!) as well as a hat and a bag big enough to hold a couple of essentials. I'm thinking of sunglasses, reading glasses, a washbag and some underwear, to name the first things that spring to mind. Oh, and maybe at least one change of clothes, too. If I choose wisely, I'm sure I could cram it all in.

Now, I am presuming food and lodging would be provided for ...

As for the island itself, I am hoping it's not a tropical one, as I'm not good with hot weather, which makes me wilt and causes my brain to melt.

No,  I'd like the island to have a more moderate climate, but with lots of sunshine, obviously.



And I'd die of boredom if there was nothing else to do but lie on a beach all day.

Picky, me?

So, I would love to have a couple of enticing rock pools and caves to explore.


Some ancient woodland, complete with crooked trees, to wander through.


At its heart, a secluded fairy tale garden, with a cool summer house offering shelter and a quiet spot for some reading and writing.


A tranquil, lily pad covered pond, presided over by a weeping willow, a boat moored under its shady canopy.


A verdant valley created by meltwater at the end of the last Ice Age, through which a gentle stream is flowing, only to be crossed by a row of rough hewn stepping stones.



The high summer sun warming up the earth but disappearing now and then behind a host of fluffy clouds.











A magical land, where pixies live in a village of giant toadstools.













A glimpse down the rabbit hole into Alice's wonderland.



And a doorway into a secret world ...


What would your perfect hideaway be?


Photo credits:
The beach: Caldey Island, off the coast near Tenby, Pembrokeshire, June 2013
The rockpools: Broadhaven, Pembrokeshire, June 2013
The crooked trees: Lawrenny Woods, Pembrokeshire, June 2013
The garden: Upton Castle Gardens, Pembrokeshire, June 2013
The pond: Westonbury Mill Water Gardens, Herefordshire, July 2010
The valley: Solva, June 2014
The toadstools: Picton Castle, Pembrokeshire, June 2014
The Wendy house: Parham House, West Sussex, July 2005
The doorway: Croft Castle, Herefordshire, July 2009

18 opmerkingen:

  1. Wow! What a feast for the eyes! A real treat for a damp Thursday night.
    Like you, I chose an e-reader. I never thought I'd love mine as much as I do but before I got one I used to take 30 books away with me (and even fewer clothes than i do already!)
    xxx

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    1. I'm glad to have cheered you up, Vix! I'd definitely buy an e-reader if I were travelling light. I usually take just 2 or 3 books, no need to take more, as I always end up buying lots in the local chazzas! xxx

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  2. That desert island of yours is going to be packed, it sounds perfect! Never thought of what I would take with me but I am always close to a camera xxx

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    1. I'm always close to a camera too. In fact, one of my recurring nightmares is that I've forgotten to take my camera when on holiday ... xxx

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  3. Fantastic pictures, which put a smile on my face!Your desert island looks really an amazing place to visit!, I would love to explore it!
    I think that my desert island would be southern, and warmer, and I would have to buy an e-book too!
    besos

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    1. Thank you Monica. I fact, my desert island looks a lot like Wales, which I know isn't the place to go for a tropical climate ;-: xxx

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  4. I have no idea what I'd take to a desert island. A giant bottle of rum (presumably I can find some pineapples or coconuts to mix with it), my knitting, and a book. That'll do me. I'm assuming I won't be stranded for more than a couple of weeks.

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    1. I can see you in my mind's eye, sitting on a tropical beach, knitting a jumper and drinking rum with pineapple and/or coconut mixed in ... xxx

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  5. fun post - gorgeous pictures!! <3
    i would prefer a tropical island - because coconuts! one can live on coconuts for months without lack of nutrition, it has all inside what needed :-) i would take with me a sharp knife, a glas lense to make fire and a little axe. i would have no time for reading - being busy with building shelter, fishing, collecting coconuts........an enjoying the tropical paradise around me :-)
    clothes? who needs clothes on a tropical island ;-)
    xxxxx

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    1. Thanks Beate. Of course you don't need clothes on a tropical island. As my island is actually Wales, I'd need lots of clothes including waterproofs ... xxx

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  6. what a great place! I love love love that hat

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  7. I was once asked that question at a job interview...I wasn't successful I hasten to add. How would you charge your e-reader on a desert island? I would take my camera, (but have the same charging problem!) Elizabeth Arden 8hr cream and a hat... and seriously hope there was a Man Friday for all the blokey stuff! Lovely to see your travel pics...I'm glad Sussex made the grade, you've beaten me to Parham House though. xx

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    1. As I'm taking it food and lodging (with power plugs!) are provided for, it should be no problem to charge my e-reader and camera. The Elizabeth Arden 8hr cream would be in my washbag! And I've got Mr. S. for the blokey stuff. Have holidayed in Kent, near Tunbridge Wells, a couple of times, so we did a lot of NT properties and stately homes in the area. xxx

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    2. Ah, I live about 30 mins from TW. It's a lovely town I think, hope you liked it?

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    3. Oh, I definitely liked TW, Fiona. We always seemed to end up there at the end of the day.

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  8. I absolutely adore this!!!!!! Can I come to the island too!?!?!?

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    1. You're welcome to join me on the island, Kezzie xxx

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