The aim of
this section of ScillyOnLine is to allow you to benefit from our
knowledge and experience of living on the islands. We love it here,
and there are so many reasons why. We use these pages to share some
of our 'Scilly highlights' with you - from favourite walks or beaches,
to top cafes and our favourite things to do.
entries in this section are included below, or you can use the buttons
above to view older entries by category.
14th May - Carn Thomas Children's Centre
wet here today. Not a-bit-of-drizzle wet, but proper throwing-it-down
wet, and windy with it. One option would be to don your full
waterproofs and go for a walk to watch the sea, but if you've
got pre-school children you might like to take a visit to
the Children's Centre at Carn Thomas (just along from the
Dairy, opposite the old Secondary school site).
on the ride-on toys at Parent and Toddlers. These
aren't available for hire, but most other items
in the big toy library cupboards are.
lucky to still have our Children's Centre, as they are closing
down rapidly in other areas. Facilities here for visiting
families include 'Parent and Toddler' group, which takes place
several times a week during term time (currently Tuesday and
Thursday mornings, and Friday afternoons, but do call to check);
and the Toy and Resource Library, which is open during office
hours. You can pre-order equipment (e.g. highchairs) from
here, or you can browse the giant toy cupboards to chose a
toy or two to enjoy during your holiday. The charges are very
weeks there are also one or two play sessions run by the Council's
resident Early Years Professional, from soft play to arts-and-crafts.
Usually these take place in the 'Playzone' - the room at the
end, through the coloured wooden gateway.
excellent sessions, often based on a theme (a recent one was
'We're Going on a Bear Hunt') offer a chance to play indoors
and out, to make a mess and to meet new friends. They typically
last for about an hour and a half, and include snacks and
a drink. It's not childcare - you must stay with your child
- but you'll be offered a cup of tea or coffee, be able to
chat to other parents, and all for free. How good is that?
see a little girl with scruffy fair hair and an obsession
with the biscuit box, it may well be my Rowan - come and say
hello to us both!
for upcoming play sessions are on display in the main hall
at Carn Thomas (the one in the photo), or you can check the
section of the Council's website. For equipment hire,
or to check the dates and times of sessions (which is always
a good idea before making a special journey) call the Early
Years office on 01720 423680.
want childcare rather than somewhere to go with your child,
try Craftikids Day Nursery at Old Town on St Mary's, where
they take visiting children subject to availability (call
Katie on 01720 422032).
27th April - Dibble and Grub, Porthcressa, St Mary's
and Grub has long been a favourite of ours, a bright and friendly
place where you are guaranteed a tasty meal cooked up by owner
& chef Button Reseigh.
have a particularly varied brunch menu, served until noon,
but we were choosing from their lunchtime selection, which
includes sandwiches and paninis, gourmet burgers, mediterranean-inspired
meals and salads, and a really wide range of tapas dishes.
My favourite option is probably to order a tapas selection,
maybe a 'sharing platter' too, along with a plate of their
trademark potato wedges (with chilli relish) - and take my
time to savour it all, along with a nice bottle of wine, in
the company of a few friends. I must find a reason to do that
we were eating with the kids, so the emphasis was a little
more on speed and sustenance. And, as ever, the Dibble team
was more than able to deliver: chunky ham sandwiches for the
kids, a tasty mackerel burger for me, and lamb souvlaki for
my other half (a generous pitta filled with lamb kebab, salad,
and a minty yoghurt dressing). Oh, and some wedges to share,
of course! I have to admit to a bit of food envy on this occassion
- the mackerel was great (and it's nice to support the local
fishermen, too), but there's something about that lamb dish,
the explosion of flavours in every mouthful is really superb.
Luckily for me, he was willing to give me a taster or two.
was it for us on this occassion, but if you are on holiday,
you'll want to stay a while - perhaps enjoy a beer in the
sun at the tables outside (while admiring the view towards
St Agnes), or try my favourite: a Vietnamese Iced Coffee,
which is a bit like coffee and dessert all rolled into one.
18th April 2013 - The Northern/Eastern coast of St Mary's
from the bottom of McFarland's Down, round to Innisidgen
really lovely weather on Scilly today - glorious sunshine,
but with a proper fresh Easterly wind. Quite typical weather
for the World Pilot Gig Championships, which will be taking
place here in a couple of weeks. But I digress...
also perfect weather for a quick jaunt around the leeward
side of St Mary's. I started out at McFarland's Down (the
community bus will drop you at the top of this track), to
be greeted by these stunning views towards Tresco and St Martin's.
I didn't drop right down to the beach this time, but took
a higher track through the trees, bringing me out at Innisidgin
burial chamber. Most of the daffodils at this spot are past
their best now, but keep your eyes peeled for violets and
lesser celandine, which are just coming into bloom.
towards Pelistry beach and Tolls island.
stretch of coastline brings you to secluded Watermill Bay,
and shortly after, the gorgeous fine sand of Pelistry beach.
It was sheltered enough today to do a spot of sunbathing here,
and yet, there was hardly a soul to be seen.
Pelistry, I again took the higher track, stopping to appreciate
this view back towards the beach and Tolls island, from the
battery at Mount Todden. When I reached Deep Point, I headed
straight up towards another burial chamber (my route today
would be perfect for archaeology enthusiasts) before dropping
down past the "loaded camel" rocks, into Porth Hellick.
like views like this practically on your doorstep, Mount
Todden cottage (in a quiet location, on a small mixed
farm) has some vacancies for 2013.