7 February 2016

A group of experienced Club members met on a bright and breezy morning last Sunday, hoping for the promised weather window between recent storms.

Amazingly, the crossing to the Island was smooth – even sunny! – and an hour after leaving Portsmouth  we were enjoying a stroll through the lovely grounds of Quarr Abbey. Just a short walk from the ferry terminal, Quarr is a working monastery dating back to the sixteenth century. It contains a wealth of history and, for such a large building, a surprisingly small number of monks!

Which brings me to the tale of a particular four-legged resident snorting around with others in its muddy pen, head down and unwilling to be photographed – that is, until attracted to a lady member of our group! Her position on the right side of the fence allowed a close-up of the pair, and I am hoping that the lady in question might share the photo with group, or even send it to the website ... ?

Fresh air and a walk certainly makes for a good appetite.  The Royal Victoria Yacht Club obliged as usual with a splendid Sunday carvery for us to enjoy. Thanks to RVYC, to caterers Gail and her team and to Rodney Arnold for organising us this end  – may the Force be with you, Gail, and we look forward to next time, Shrimpers and all.


Roger Palmer

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