Wednesday, 2 May 2012

A Magical Mystery Tour

Last week, having written an article about the 35th anniversary of the Scillonian III, I was fortunate enough to get a freebie day trip to Scilly. Many thanks to Jacob from Isles of Scilly Travel for organising it, Dave Redgrave the captain for the excellent (and correct!) weather forecast and inviting us onto the bridge, and for Marcia the Purser for escorting us.

Despite a somewhat lumpy ride (anyone who’s been on the Scillonian knows what I mean), we got there and the sun came out instantly.

We certainly made the most of our 60 seconds, as Rudyard Kipling said. After a quick coffee and bite to eat, we explored the island – or as much as we could – in glorious sunshine and took endless photos. For anyone who hasn’t been to Scilly, the islands – in the weather we saw them – are literally out of this world. Silver sandy beaches, sea an emerald green mixed with the deepest, richest blue, and these wonderful islands scattered in among the Caribbean-like waters. St Mary’s was joyously peaceful, with virtually no traffic, the only sound our laughter and the birds singing. It really did feel as if we were on holiday on paradise.

We just had time for a quick pint before getting the ferry back (we were sorely tempted to miss it) when Dave the captain invited us up on the bridge as the ferry left St Mary’s, so I could take more photos for my article.

That was really quite something and an experience we will never forget, standing up there in the spring sunshine, watching those magical islands diminish. My memories of the day are like a kaleidoscope, glistening with sun filled jewels:-

Laughing till we cried at a photo taken the previous weekend.
My white face, feeling seasick, and a gentle voice saying, “Lie down. You know it’s a good idea.” I woke up feeling much better.
The Atlantic pub with its cosy nook of maritime memorabilia.
Moll tearing along the silver beaches, ears streaming behind her with joy.
Standing on the bridge in the sunshine as we left St Mary’s, leaving a piece of our hearts behind - sad at leaving such a bewitching place; glad to have had such a joyous experience.
Fish and chips later, so hot they burnt my tongue, bringing much needed warmth and energy back.
A quiet journey home, exhausted but content.

I woke the next morning, feeling achingly sad. As you know, I’m normally a glass half full sort of person. I walked Moll through a churchyard full of the sweet spring scent of bluebells mixed with the pungent, earthy smell of wild garlic and thought how difficult it is when people you care about have to go away. Even when you know they’re coming back.

Then I received a lovely, cheering text of thanks for our day on Scilly. The sun came out and my mood lifted. Sometimes that’s all it takes to make a difference. A few carefully chosen words.

So, as an editor said to me once, “keep ‘em coming.”


Chris Stovell said...

Sorry to hear you've had a blue moment. You've done amazingly and will continue to do so and there are lots of us 'virtual' cheerleaders supporting you.

Scillonian lumpy? Just a bit, but you're right - it's lovely when you get there!

Akelamalu said...

That sounds like a perfect day. Strange, isn't it, how sometimes sadness decends after a perfect day? Thankfully it doesn't last long. x

Flowerpot said...

Thanks Chris - your support is very welcome! And yes, it was lumpy and I was a bit sick bt it was certainly worth it!

Flowerpot said...

It really was a perfect day. We were so lucky. I think because it was so special, it is more intense.

Susie Nott-Bower said...

Lovely to hear about your day, Sue. I'm glad the 'gentle voice' is with you.

Flowerpot said...

Susie - yes it was a fabulous day. Have you ever been over? Definitely a must. And yes, I'm glad the gentle voice is with me, too!

Sally said...

So glad you had such a lovely day Sue, despite the bit of sickness and later the odd blues that sometimes come when least expected. Your earlier commenter was right about there being lots of support, virtual or otherwise, for you.
The islands really are so beautiful and you seem to have caught them at their best. I'll look forward to seeing some photos.
Sorry to have missed singing. Life suddenly became too demanding.

Flowerpot said...

Sally - I am very fortunate indeed, and the islands just looked stunning. Will bring camera next week and show you the pics - sorry you couldn't make it to singing - see you next week? Take care xx

Talli Roland said...

I've always wanted to go there! It sounds magical. It must be if you actually got to see the sun!

Flowerpot said...

Do go Talli - you will love it!