The Isles of Scilly

We have been off on quite an adventure. We were heading to the Isles of Scilly for a family get together and were meant to be travelling on the ferry. When we got to Penzance to board there was a gale force 9 and the waves were crashing 15feet over the sea break. Stupidly we both took a sea sickness tablet thinking that we were going to sail. The boat was cancelled and we spent the rest of the day feeling like we were at sea...never going to take sea sickness tablets again!
The Isles of Scilly- St Mary's
So we had to drive to St Ives for the night (somewhere I have never been but liked it very much...will save that for another post). We managed to get a refund on the ferry ticket and there was a cancellation on the helicopter for the next day so we booked that instead!
View from the bedroom window
Loved the cover on one of the old books
The helicopter was great fun and arrived in the sunshine. The Isles of Scilly are so beautiful and really reminded me of the Outer Hebrides where I lived for a while. We were staying at my Dad's cousin's house (Helena) which belonged to her mother in law. Helena doesn't live in the house, she lives in the annex down the side and is an artist. The house was amazing and filled with old maps, a cast of a dolphin Helena's husband made, old books and the most incredible views out over an old battlement and the sea.
Helen's home and pottery
The amazing house that we stayed in. We had the whole place.
One of the days we travelled over to Tresco to see the famous gardens. As the climate is so mild on the Isles of Scilly you get plants from Africa and New Zealand flourishing. I think I got a little over enthusiastic with my camera though and wanted to take everything home with me!
Took a little boat over to Tresco

Ship wrecked goodies found in the waters we sailed over

The wooden women from the front of ship wrecks

Gorgeous vegetable garden

Some of the very friendly birds.

The tropical looking flowers at Tresco gardens

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