Charlotte with astronaut and Space Shuttle pilot Ken Ham
Well, I have just returned from two vists to Cowes. During the first visit I had a particularly relaxing middle portion with my son, Guy, as my daughter and wife had to return to London for a week so Charlotte could attend a NASA space course at Imperial College. Much to my amazement Charlotte is turning into a scientist and is doing a terrifying collection of A levels from September: Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Biology. She got 300 marks out of 300 for her Physics GCSE! It makes my head spin just to think about it. This is all very strange for someone who comes from a family of writers and journalists who were always rather suspicious of boffins.
Fortunately Guy (who is whatever the opposite of a boffin is) is interested in history and we managed a few historically themed excursions whilst in Cowes without the girls.
Inside Brading Roman Villa
There are a couple of good Roman villas on the Isle of Wight and Brading now has a splendid new building to protect it after the original 1901 tin shed was condemned by the Isle of Wight council. There were fears that the splendid mosaics would have to be reburied if the money couldn't be raised for a new building. Fortunately, the Times came to the rescue with an appeal and the new building shows of this impressive villa most effectively. Brading has the advantage of being close to Adgestone vineyard as well!
The villa that fascinates me, however, is one that was reburied after excavation and which is now in what is Robin Hill Adventure Park. My interest is because of this splendid painting of it at the site and I am determined to build a model based on it for some Romano-British vs Saxon games. I've made model buildings before, reasonably successfully, but the only issue will be where to get some nice Roman style tiled roof sheets as I don't fancy cutting straws into hundreds of tiny pieces to do it!