Cromwell's Castle from our Tresco mooring

Cromwell’s Castle from our Tresco mooring

The Scillies are still magical. The pace of life  is relaxed and there is no need to lock up as there is zero crime here. The community hall on Bryher is left open and unattended all day for islanders and visitors to use if the wish …..  I had a ‘tinkle on the ivories’ and we played table tennis and pool!

Low water shows how careful you have to be when anchoring

Low water shows how careful you have to be when anchoring

It was great to revisit Bryher after nearly 30 years and see just how little has really changed.

The School House where we spent our Honeymoon, with 24 children!

The School House where we spent our Honeymoon, with 24 children!

The rocks behind the School House

The rocks behind the School House

We have no internet unless we go to the main island, St Mary’s, but we managed to see the Wimbledon final which was being projected onto a screen in the ‘pavilion’ at the New Inn on Tresco. Very posh and polite company, applauding both chaps when they played a good shot.

So far we have ‘done’ Bryher, Tresco and St Mary’s. If you have never been here, then you are missing a delight! When the sun shines it really is like being in paradise.

BRYHER
Bryher has a totally laid back feel to it and is practically untouched by the modern world. Life is governed by the tides and there are 3 different landing places depending on the state of the tide. Church Quay near high water, Anneka’s Quay (built by the Challenge Anneka TV programme)from high to mid water and Rushy Bay, where visitors walk down a plank onto the beach at really low water! There are no artificial ‘visitor attractions’ here, but people have created their own Bryher style quirky landmarks.

Cairns placed on posts Bryher .... just because you can!

Cairns placed on posts Bryher …. just because you can!

Ta Da!

Ta Da!

The island is clearly loved and cared for by the families that live here.

A garden on Bryher

A garden on Bryher

There are a handful of cars on Bryher and the other vehicles are quad bikes and tractors.

All visitors to the islands expect to walk when they get ashore. Those staying on the island arrive by boat from St Mary’s and we watched as their luggage/camping gear was moved up the beach to the tractor and trailer by the passengers.

Human Chain of visitors to off load the luggage

Human Chain of visitors to off load the luggage

On the whole everyone is friendly and cheerful and enter into the way of the islands. There are one or two, with more money than manners, who can’t grasp the concept of ‘tide and time wait for no man’ when arriving late for the boats that ferry people between the island!.

TRESCO
Tresco has a completely different feel to it than Bryher. It has been developed over the last 30 years and a lot of very tasteful Time Share accommodation has been built. It is spotlessly clean and with golf buggies for transport it reminds me of ‘The Prisoner’ and Port Merrion…..no large white spheres rolling down the roads though!
Tresco is famous for its Abbey Garden that has plants from all over the world.

Yes, this is still in Britain

Yes, this is still in Britain

Tresco Abbey Gardens

In the ruins. Tresco Abbey Gardens

The Abbey ruins

The Abbey ruins

Christmas tree with its own star on the top!

Christmas tree? with its own star on the top!

Weird and wonderful flowers

Weird and wonderful flowers

The birds are incredibly tame as they have no predators, except the gulls that eat their eggs.

Road Runner Guinea fowl

Road Runner Guinea fowl

The Scillies are reknowned for the number of ships wrecks and some of their figure heads are restored and housed in Valhalla, in the Abbey Gardens.

Marcus admiring the Busts

Marcus admiring the Busts!

A delightful sculpture called Tresco Children.

A delightful sculpture called Tresco Children.

View from Samson Hill on Bryher. We are anchored out there to the left of the rocks

View from from Tresco. We are anchored out there to the left of the rocks

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