Our Thirteenth Day
The fine weather conditions remained so we had a shore day. We had rather a long diary to write but we wrote it with a will. We then went to the Ingersley bathing hut and spent a wonderful morning swimming, sunbathing and sandbuilding.
The afternoon was spent again on the shore, after having brought presents to take home.
We had a lovely shore picnic. Mr Johnson kindly provided bread and butter, jam and cakes and we all had a cup of tea. We all had an orange as well. After a very happy afternoon we took advantage of the tide being out (high tide 9.35) to play “crows and cranes”, “leap frog” and “catching the slipper”.
We returned home about 7.35pm and after shaking the sand from our clothes, we washed and went to bed.
Mrs Johnson took a picture of our daily visitor, Joey the Robin.
Our Fourteenth Day
Today dawned gloriously and we prepared for an enjoyable day. Mr Johnson gave us sandwiches and we set off for a tramp across the Downs, then turned to the right past the Old Church and walked the footpath along the coast across Luccombe Common, at the foot of which is Luccombe Bay to the Lower Landslip. We were very grateful to the leafy shade overhead made by the trees and walked on to Bonchurch, the Old Church dedicated to St Boniface (Saxon Bonecere which was built in 1070 AD).
We all entered the Church and the Verger told us that it was built on the site of a Saxon Church of the 8th Century.
Our Last Day
We finished packing directly after breakfast and then our cases were brought down ready for transit to the station.
We then wrote up our diaries as far as possible and went on the Shanklin Downs to have our sandwiches Mr Johnson had kindly provided us with.
We had a last look at the Island and then went back to Ingersley for a drink. After a last stroll round the town we went to the station. Mr Johnson waved us off.
We embarked at Ryde on “The Duchess of Norfolk” and passed “The Queen”, “The Duchess of Cornwall” and “Portsdown” on the way.
We were very interested in “The Eagle”, an aircraft floating hangar.
We called at Clarence Pier Southsea and thence to Portsmouth where we took the train for Waterloo. As the train steamed out of Portsmouth we saw the Guildhall which reminded us of the kind welcome given to us by the Lord Mayor.
As we neared Waterloo Station we were very excited to see our friends on the platform. So ended a very enjoyable and instructive School Journey.