Tresco Abbey Gardens

Today we had a tour around the Tresco Abbey Gardens with Mike Nelhams the curator, which was fascinating.  The Abbey Gardens are really quite amazing - due to the unique climate (it doesn't freeze, or at least it's not supposed to, and it doesn't get too hot) they are able to grow all sorts of plants from all over the world.  So sitting next to each other are plants and trees from South Africa, New Zealand, Chile and Burma.  There are all sorts of weird and quite wonderful things - and it does feel very tropical, there are palm trees galore.  In 1987, and in 1991 the weather was unkind to the garden and they lost a lot of trees and plants and have been replanting since then - it is a 'heavy planting' so the beds are full of all sorts - a camellia next to a giant dandelion, surrounded by many aeomiums, under a Norfolk Island Pine.The puya was in flower which is the most amazing dark turquoise, I have never seen flowers quite like them.  The sparrows are quite taken with the pollen of these flowers, and sometimes you see a sparrow with an orange head, having got a little bit too intimate with the pollen of the puya flower.Thank you for showing us the garden Mike!Alice xxxIMG_8266 

Don't Be Scilly

Today was one of those days on Tresco when it drizzled all morning, and then in the afternoon the sun came out and we went to the beach and swam in the sea.In the morning we decided to go for a bicycle ride around the island in the rain - cagoules at the ready - and had a nice coffee in the Ruin Beach Cafe to reward ourselves after.Alice xxxIMG_8171

The Sea

Today we went to Pentle Bay and went hunting for cowrie shells.  I think what I love most about Tresco is always being close to the sea ⚓️.  There is nothing better than a wander along a beach with the smell of salt in the air, listening to the sound of the sea, watching the waves and looking out to the horizon .  I love the way the light changes the colour of the water, sometimes a bright turquoise, other times almost silver, and often a deep angry blue.  I like the play of the sky, the land and the sea, and how they are sometimes in start contrast, and other times in complete harmony with each other.Tresco has white sand beaches, with translucent water and the weather changes often, and it is a wonderful place to see these beautiful arrangements of light and colour.  The beach is often deserted (I think most people are happily in their cottages, in no hurry to meet the rain), but if you do venture out, I think it is one of the best places to spend a very happy morning or afternoon.(And we did find two cowrie shells 🐚🐚 ☺️)Alice xxxIMG_8104 

Tresco

Today we walked around the north end of the island - it was very blustery, and the sea was very very blue.  And then we came home and ate banana and chocolate cake, made by Susannah, for tea as it is Emily's birthday 😃🎈.I am counting the first two photos as a pair 😉, and the bottom is a special extra for Emily's birthday 🎂💙.Alice xxxIMG_8071IMG_8072IMG_8073

The Scilly Isles

This week are on the Scilly Isles (islands off the very end of Cornwall) and rather than doing endless photos I have decided to post just one photo a day 🙈🙉🙊.  As  you can imagine, this has been quite tough for me, as there are just so many fun snaps 😉.  It was a tricky choice, there were some good contenders - but today I went with this:IMG_8035This is looking from Tresco to the sun setting 🌅 on the island of Bryher -  behind is the Atlantic ocean ⛵️.  To the right you can see the edge of Tresco and Cromwell's castle 👑.We are all very excited to be on Tresco - we arrived in a twin otter plane ✈️ and the landing was quite thrilling, the runway is on a slope.  And then we travelled to Tresco in the Scilly Cyclone 🚤, which is very speedy.  And the sun ☀️has been out and we've even had an ice cream 😃🍦I may well do a Scilly Isles round up once we are back, there are just too many fun photos 📷- but for now I will stick one photo a day 😃.Alice xxx