Knitting Retreat to Hell Bay, Isles of Scilly: day 3, Wednesday 22nd March 2017

We woke this morning to brilliant blue skies and sunny weather – a perfect day on Bryher island! After breakfast some of the ladies gathered in reception to meet Chris for a two-hour guided tour of the island. However, I decided to take the boat across to St Mary’s with my dad, Sue and Seth to explore the town as we’d only caught a brief glimpse of it on our journey to Bryher on Monday. And I remembered seeing some very nice looking shops – well, every girl needs their retail therapy, don’t they!?! Each day there are boat trips that can be booked to the other four islands for a small charge, so we picked up the boat at the quayside for our journey across the water to our neighbouring island.

Tresco boat

When we reached St Marys’ the sun was still shining, so we enjoyed a very pleasant stroll down the streets towards the beach. There were many interesting looking gift shops and galleries along the way which I planned to have a browse around later on. This week was the beginning of the holiday season, a good time to come as there were no shopping queues and the shops were relatively quiet.

Sitting in the brilliant sunshine, facing the beach and looking out to sea – what could have been better this morning!

The beach at St Mary's

The beach at St Mary’s

We had a few hours in St Mary’s before our boat was due to pick us up for the return journey, so we used this time to have a spot of lunch before checking out the shops and galleries in the centre of town. We came across a lovely gallery called Tamarisk which had a variety of prints, cards and paitings by local artists, plus all sorts of handmade crafts including jewellery, ceramics and wood-turned tableware. I must admit that it didn’t take long for me to make a few purchases!

When we returned to Bryher in the afternoon there was a buzz amongst the ladies who had been on the walking tour and enjoyed seeing and hearing about the history of the island. I was told that there had been some very steep inclines and declines on the walk across uneven ground, however by the sounds of it they all managed it very well and enjoyed their guided tour. Here are some photos of the ladies on the walk, enjoying the tour with guide Chris (on the left):

From left to right: Chris, Sally, Sandra, Jen, Amanda, Jenny, Joanne, June, Elizaberh, Kate and Andrea

From left to right: Chris, Sally, Sandra, Jen, Amanda, Jenny, Joanne, June, Elizaberh, Kate and Andrea

The ladies head off into the wilderness!...

The ladies head off into the wilderness!…

June takes a moment to rest and contemplate what might be on the menu this evening!!!

June takes a moment to rest and contemplate what might be on the menu this evening!!!

I went back to the our suite and spent a couple of hours on the sundeck before our evening meal with my family. It seemed the ideal time to break open a bottle of Prosecco, so that’s what we did! Seth enjoyed it too, although the bright sunlight was a little too much for his eyes!

Seth relaxing on his deckchair - it had been a tiring day for him!

Seth relaxing on his deckchair – it had been a tiring day for him!

On the sundeck, relaxing after our trip to St Mary's on the sundeck with a glass of bubbly!

On the sundeck, relaxing after our trip to St Mary’s on the sundeck with a glass of bubbly!

Our evening meal was another fabulous feast of three delicious courses, but sadly for some of the ladies this was their last evening here at Hell Bay. The hotel had very kindly offered us all a two-night extended stay due to our travel disruptions at the beginning of the holiday. However, some of the ladies could not stay on beyond today, so we had some farewells to say. We also asked for the chef to come out of the kitchen for a much deserved round of applause. He was delighted that we had all enjoyed our meals so much, although he took our appreciation very modestly!

After our evening meal we had a group photo taken in the hotel lounge. Almost all of the group were present. So here we are, back row, left to right: Rachel, Elisabeth, Jenny, Mary, Diane, Mary, Barbara, Nicky, Ange, Karen, Felicity, Sally, Gill and Jen; middle row, left to right: Andrea, Sandra, Caroline, Debbie, Joanne, Kate, Elizabeth, June; front row, left to right: Amanda, Ellie, Sue, Seth and Jackie. Don’t we all make a lovely knitting group!

Group photoI stayed in the lounge with some of the ladies to help them with their projects, before retiring to my suite for the night. It had been a lovely day for everyone and I was so glad that we had all got to enjoy some of that glorious Scilly Isles sunshine! And as some of the group prepared to go home, the rest of us looked forward to another day on the island…what would be in store for us tomorrow?!?…

 

 

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