I officially declare it to be summer.

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With the weather finally getting stable, so am I. So it’s time for adventures!

This weekend was an amazing start to summer. I’ve been having such lovely weekends as of late, but this one was truly beautiful.

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Saturday was sunny and warm but very windy. I spent the afternoon with my friend Stephen at Osborne House, a place that even though I grew up next to and have had many friends and family working there, I had never been as a real ‘tourist’.

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I have been to Osborne what must be over a hundred times but it has always been for a reason. To drop staff friends off etc or joining them when they had to go there for some reason. Dyllan’s father actually worked there too as a chef when he was born, and one of his first outings was to Osborne restaurant to meet all the staff (treated like royalty of course).

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It’s such a beautiful place, just looking from the outside you can see why it was Queen Victoria’s favourite home. The house is filled with the most magnificent artwork along with family treasures and hundreds of paintings of the family. Everything has been left as they had it, but lovingly looked after. Walking amongst the beautiful furnishings you really are walking in their footsteps. You can even see where Queen Victoria passed away, her bed still in situ in the bedroom that became a family shrine to her.

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-There is something here for everyone. We finished off down at the estate’s private beach enjoying the most delicious ice cream along with the view of the solent.

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The ‘Royal Shady Spot’ was a welcome break from the wind!

Sunday (today) was incredible. Hot and no breeze which meant one thing, get out on the sea!

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It had been far too long since I had seen my friend Aston, so we made a date and spent it being awesome.

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With a well used busted up waterproof camera we set off out of Freshwater Bay and headed right along the cliffs and caves.

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The conditions couldn’t have been more perfect, the island was really putting on a show today. Absolutely beautiful.

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We couldn’t have passed up some cave exploring with conditions so wonderful. Clambering around hidden treasures worked up a massive appetite that only a roast at The King’s Head in Yarmouth could fix.

After we said goodbye I decided to top off a perfect weekend with some ice cream from The Plaza Ices in Cowes with Stephen. Can you see a running theme here? I think we may have to have an intervention soon.