Some of you may remember my previous visit to Queen Victoria’s summer residence, Osborne House, in March when there was plenty to see despite it being early in the year. More importantly, there was plenty of promise to draw me back, so, on Saturday, back I went.
but what I’d really come to see were the annuals.
Huge drifts of white Antirrhinum, Cosmos Purity, Molucella laevis, Ammi majus and white sweet peas. Wow.
And in the opposite corner, a more colourful mix
Happily this time the Solent was much more visible than in March, so we decided to walk down to Queen Victoria’s beach for a closer look, taking in more agapanthus and pots on our way…
Did you ever see the fabulous film ‘Mrs Brown’ with Judi Dench and Billy Connolly? It was all about the relationship between John Brown and Queen Victoria after the death of Albert. A lovely film, beautifully acted.
So to the beach and Queen Victoria’s bathing hut. These huts were wheeled down to the water in the Victorian period so that the ladies could bathe without the indignity of having to wander down the beach in their (near) altogether. Sounds pretty appealing to me, particularly if the beach is pebbly!
And here is the beach she swam from, looking particularly pretty with numerous yachts on the Solent sailing on the first day of the Cowes Week regatta.