The Making of the Isle of Wight 15-19th May 2017

32 of us ventured across the water to the Isle of Wight for another of Karen Colebourn's splendid courses.  Our accommodation was in very comfortable holiday chalets.  Food was taken in the camp restaurant and was very good.  We were out exploring each day with our packed lunches.

On the first morning glorious sunshine welcomed us to Bembridge Ledges where we examined marine life with the help of an expert on such things.  Then on to Newtown Estuary to explore the special habitats.

The next day we all got soaked whilst standing by the sea feeling dinosaur footprints in the rocks.  After retreating to the Dinosaur Farm we were given many facts on dinosaurs and the remains found on the island.  Our afternoon visit to walk around an ancient copse was cancelled and we retreated to base where the speaker kindly came to us and talked about woodlands in the dry.

Then a morning at Carisbrooke Castle where we were given a private demonstration of how the donkey used to turn the treadwheel to bring up the water.  'Jack' did just one turn of the wheel and then enjoyed the fuss we made of him.  Finally a visit to Cowes and the Classic Boat Museum followed by a tour of the Royal Yacht Squadron where we were treated to tea in style.

Our evenings included a talk on the special wildlife of the island and the effect of marine processes and defending the island through the ages.  The final evening quiz was based on what we had done and enjoyed by all.