Thursday, July 16, 2009

2 July 2009 - Isle of Wight: Shanklin Chine

We visit Shanklin Chine, the dramatic Victorian gardens and walkway built around a waterfall and gorge which cut deep into the side of the cliff. Dave Pasco from Warehams, an architectural and antique garden furniture business in Whitstable, has told me the ashes of his partner Michelle are scattered here and there is a plaque which I told Dave I would look out for. We look without success and think of Dave while we are there. We conclude that Michelle's plaque may be somewhere up on the nearby headland.

On a different note, we were reminded of Dave on Tuesday, when we visited Osborne House, home of Queen Victoria. Outside the main house was a monumental wild boar, a Victorian copy almost identifical to the famous one that sits outside Warehams in Whitstable's Oxford Street.