A Different Tack Today.

Hey,

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Friday’s back….weekend’s nigh….yeahhhhh!

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Actually I have just realised that today’s heading could be quite misleading for those of you who are of a horse riding type ‘cos this has nothing to do with horses.

Sorry about that.

I actually don’t know much about horses at all, except for the fact that John Wayne sat on one to get from town to town in his ‘big country‘ films while chasing various types of wanted men, and the end with the ears is the part you point in the desired direction of travel!

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To be quite honest with you,  this does not really have anything to do with sailing either, except in a faintly watery kind of connection.

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It is about me thinking about moving house….to an island.

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Don’t ask me why, but there has always been a great attraction for me in the idea of living on a piece of land surrounded by water, especially if it has a mooring ( now there’s a sailing connection!)

It is not that I actually want to even try to sail a boat….but I could have a jetty ….somewhere to laze away summer days with my feet trailing in the water….and ducks or swans to feed.

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At first I thought it would have to be tropical islands etc. but it is a more than possible proposition down South.

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There are many islands along the River Thames…with hundreds of properties on them.

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There are different ways to get access to these places.

Some you can drive onto.

Others have a footbridge or a chain ferry, or can be accessed only by using a boat- obviously not a favourite with me- and obviously not to be done while riotously drunk.

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These islands are as follows….

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Garrick’s Ait….access by boat.

This island was named after the celebrated Victorian thespian David Garrick.

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Eel Pie Island….it was so-called because it was famous in the 16th century for it’s tasty eel pies.

Even Henry VIII was said to have enjoyed them now and again while passing nearby.

It was actually quite Famous at one time.

I remember in the 60’s it was a well-known place to visit to hear good music.

Even The Stones and Rod Stewart went there.

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Trowlock Island….hand-operated chain ferry.

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Tagg’s island….by road bridge.

It was named after a boat builder by the name of Thomas Tagg, who built a hotel ther in the 1800’s.

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Thames Ditton Island….by foot using a bridge.

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Pharaoh’s Island….by boat.

Reputed to have been a place where Lord Nelson did a bit of peaceful fishing.

It was thought to have been given to him in the late 1700’s as a result of his ‘Battle Of the Nile’ victory

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Humhaugh Island….by foot using the bridge.

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Friary island…. vehicle by road bridge.

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Sunbury island….I believe that this is accessed by a private footbridge.

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Swan Island….by bridge.

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Platt’s Eyot….vehicle access by bridge.

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All  in all I have had quite an enjoyable sort of morning looking on the web to see what they are like and what property is available at present.

There are a lot of houseboats, rather than plentiful properties, and it is all a bit expensive.

But then again, I expect that the idea could well be tempting to a great many people.

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There are always the Scottish Islands I suppose but they are a lot further up the country, and probably quite isolated and scary in the winter.

Hmmmm….food for thought.

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Have yourself a great weekend….and remember…..no man or woman is an island!

J.

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