This picture was taken on a cold December morning 2014 just outside Ryde along the coast towards Fishbourne. This little cove is quite beautiful and surrounded by woodland. When the tide goes out you can see the relics of an old wooden jetty popping up and on a clear day you have a good view of Portsmouth with a constant stream of passing ships from all over the world.
The Royal York Hotel
At one time the Art Deco styling of this abandoned hotel would have been the height of fashion – but now the building stands as a crumbling monument to another era.
Built in 1938, the deserted Royal York Hotel in Ryde, Isle of Wight quickly became a popular destination for high-society holiday-makers but was forced to close in 2006 due to a dwindling number of guests. Today the hotel stands ruined and abandoned, but retaining the same period features that made it popular.
This is a perfect view of the Solent, standing in the heavenly scented gardens of Osborne House looking across to Portsmouth with a cool sea breeze, a great place to watch the world go by.
I love the walled garden in Osborne House with its massive pergola.
The day I took this photograph practically all the planting was purple, and blue. So many bees, whizzing around, it was heaven for them.
I came across this lovely building (The Potting Shed) in the walled gardens of Osborne House on the Isle of Wight.
Osborne House, the late Queen Victoria’s Summer Retreat is a beautiful house to visit and the gardens are magnificent. Also at the far end of the gardens is the Swiss Chalet which was built for Victoria and Albert’s children, which I found very fascinating especially the little collections of fossils and natural history artefacts collected by Albert.