Our first visit to Tresco….

tresco a (Custom).jpg   A last-minute decision to take advantage of the Locals offer (£25 each return)  to visit the Scillies again on a day trip meant an early start. The alarm was set for 5.45am and that proved just right. In arriving at Penzance we joined the small queue to pick up our tickets – the staff were incredibly helpful and efficient………20190716_080540 copy.jpgand in no time at all we were wandering along the harbour to board the Scillonian. 20190716_081614 copy.jpgThese are the mini containers which hold passengers’ luggage, but also anything and everything that the Scillies need that they don’t have or grow themselves.20190716_081145 copy.jpgSeeing Penzance like this early in the morning makes you wonder why you don’t get up early more often.20190716_081556 copy.jpegAnyhow we were soon settled in for the 2 hours 45 minutes journey with a coffee and lovely fresh warm pastry each and the Times crossword, sudoku, word wheel etc which are our daily attempt to activate our brains for the strenuous days of retirement.20190716_082625 copy.jpg The sea was placid, the day hot and sunny as we exited the harbour.20190716_092256 copy.jpegEverything secured nice and firmly….20190716_092319 copy.jpgIt’s always interesting to see places from a different angle…here Mousehole.20190716_093308 copy.jpgAnd it’s a joy to arrive in the scattered isles of the Scillies……20190716_120404 copy.jpegbefore berthing in St Mary’s……where we hopped off rather sharpish to ensure we made the inter-island ferry to Tresco our destination for the day.20190716_122623 copy.jpg5139361_b9c7efa9.jpgYou see all kinds of craft, and nearing Tresco……20190716_122949 copy.jpeg……….the incredible white-sanded beaches gleamed in the sun, and all of them were, as they often are apparently, practically deserted. Paradise!20190716_124731 copy.jpgPentle_1.jpgOn our walk to the Abbey and Gardens there were flowers galore growing wild..here one of my particular favourites Agapanthus…20190716_125107 copy.jpgand everything was super-sized…20190716_125646 copy.jpgAll this before we got to the Gardens….20190716_125656 copy.jpgBefore visiting the Gardens themselves we had a light lunch in their cafe sitting in the beflowered courtyard soaking up the sun. After that we were ready. Now if you don’t like pictures of flowers, plants, settings like the Garden of Eden look away now…….20190716_132506 copy.jpg20190716_132604 copy.jpgand there was wildlife too…here a magnificent Golden Pheasant…I don’t think you should be feeding them bananas but still. I also saw a red squirrel, apparently introduced on the island by Judy Dench’s husband of all people……20190716_132642 copy.jpegThe shapes against the blue sky were pretty special and the feeling you were in some tropical paradise, rather like the Eden project but all outside in real-life as it were, never left you.20190716_134021 copy.jpg20190716_133116 copy.jpg20190716_134651 copy.jpg20190716_133150 copy.jpeg20190716_133412 copy.jpg20190716_135247 copy.jpg20190716_133447 copy.jpgAnd it wasn’t just plants and flowers that were special, there was a huge range of modern sculpture something I would normally take with a pinch of salt but here somehow all very appropriate…..20190716_142039 copy.jpgThis particular sculpture of a balancing box lies below the Abbey house itself where the Dorrien-Smiths who own Tresco (yes it is a private island) live……20190716_134104 copy.jpgeven the well was turned into a piece of sculpture…..20190716_134345 copy.jpg20190716_134440 copy.jpg20190716_134725 copy.jpg20190716_135415 copy.jpegThe Shell House (1994), a pretty shell grotto designed and made by Lucy Dorrien-Smith, has a shell-themed tile floor, and individual initialled tiles commemorating members of the family can be seen amongst the shells on its internal walls. But the craftsmanship was incredible. The finest shell house I have seen, and I have seen a few.20190716_140010 copy.jpeg20190716_140022 copy.jpeg20190716_140126 copy.jpeg20190716_140236 copy.jpg20190716_143546 copy.jpg20190716_140429 copy.jpegTowards the end of our stroll around the gardens we happened upon a fruit and vegetable area which was patently not part of the main run of things. Our assumption was that this was maintained (in tip-top condition) for the Abbey owners themselves.20190716_140919 copy.jpgIt also contained cutting beds, again probably for the owners vases.20190716_141228 copy.jpgWe had the ferry to catch at 3.30pm to link up with the Scillonian, so we reluctantly left the gardens. On our way to New Grimsby a mile away we passed huge swathes of Agapanthus..20190716_142027 copy.jpgthe outside of the house itself….20190716_142445 copy.jpgand finally had beautiful vistas opening up of the sea……20190716_143824 copy.jpgI noted in the outskirts of the hamlet that they had even named a square after me (very nice of them)20190716_144332 copy.jpgand passing the beautiful cottages in their verdant setting we made our way….20190716_150912 copy.jpeg ……to the Flying Boat Bar and Bistro with its enviable views….where we just had time for a quick if very expensive pint no doubt delivered by the Scillonian and then ferried to the island….The_Flying_Boat_View_3.jpg

I end with a poem for Stephen Booth, who passed away in 2013. Stephen was a regular visitor to Tresco for fifty years and the poem was written by his brother, Ted Booth.

Tresco

What island is this

Prospero’s cell perhaps

there the grey beard goes

and isn’t that pretty gardener

Miranda in disguise

or are we all Crusoes

shipwrecked on the beach

waiting for man Friday

and a ready cooked pie

or is this Treasure Island

with Jim and Captain Flint

making for the village store

where X marks the spot

and untold treasures wait

or is it a mad hatter’s

golf course with untold buggies

criss crossing the greens

or has a bit of Barbados

broken loose and floated

its palm trees

across the Gulf Stream

and into our garden.

 

Ted Booth

December 2013

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