This is where we went on our first full day on IOW. We took LOTS of photos as it was such a fascinating place and we wanted to share with those who can't come here. Grab yourself a cuppa and a biscuit (or two!), sit down and enjoy!
Mum last went here when she was about 4 years old and still has memories of the enjoyment she got from the visit as well as photos of her time there. Of course it has changed in many ways over the years, and is a testament to the people who own it and had such a wonderful vision of how the model village should develop. The upkeep of it is amazing and the attention to detail incredible. Your really could come back here again and again and see something new.
As you walk into the village to your left is the airfield modelled in the style of airstrips used on the Island in the 1920s and 30s.
I wander round in awe.
Peak into the little houses.
I hope to catch the little people at work and play.
I am not disappointed! This guy has been hard at work in the garden.
His wife brings him something to eat and drink.
Must be thirsty work.
This was pretty amazing...within the village there is a model village created in 1/100th scale and within that yet another at 1/1000th scale! Is that not incredible?
Such attention to detail.
Peggy Sue and I had such fun wandering round this village.
We watched dog training sessions.
Discovered amazing thatched buildings
Saw hot air balloons.
Cute thatched cottages.
The All Saints Church.
Looks like there is a wedding in progress!
The newly married couple.
We spied a man with his dogs.
We think he must have come back from taking them for a walk.
Some gypsies camping in the nearby fields.
Shanklin Beach front and The Chine.
Looks like there were some holiday makers enjoying the good weather.
Cricketers were out playing..
This is all part of the Chine.
I spy on the veranda...
Two people snoozing!
The local police man, postie were out doing their rounds and a lady was about to use the telephone box.
Music could be heard at the bandstand.
A train! I love trains.
Oh wow, a train carrying dinosaurs, even better!
Plus animals for the zoo.
An archaeological dig - cool!
A game of tennis anyone?
For young ladies no less...hey Peggy Sue you could go here?!
Look Peggy Sue, scouts camping.
I bet they are having such a lot of fun.
The Sailor and his Fiancee
We see if we can spy what is going on at the Church.
Another hot air balloon.
Foot ball game in progress...
Looks like there is a streaker!
Some jeering, or is that cheering from the sideline?!
I wonder who will win?
Peering into another garden.
We watch for a while then continue wandering round.
Some kind of open air theatre?
We find some little shops.
Peggy Sue peeps through the windows. Toys!
I look at the cakes...starting to make me feel peckish.
Seems that just sitting in the countryside is tiring - we spy another couple snoozing.
A farmer and his pigs.
Looks like they have had little ones.
Pony club gymkhana.
Look Peggy Sue, just like our Summer Gymkhana last year!
Hmm...looks like this pony didn't want to do the jumps.
Rosettes are given out to the winners.
To keep the gardens maintained, lots of hard work is involved, trimming trees, mowing lawns, digging and weeding.
Someone cleaning the windows...
Finally to the top of the Chine
We see a couple of Nuns with some school boys on their way back up.
The Entrance - looks like a couple have been down and come back up again.
On the bridge looking at the waterfall?
Just enjoying the tranquillity.
Here we are!
Mum and Dad!
The Sailor and his girl.
We did have a laugh!
Looking back across the village before we leave.
Must be time for lunch!