Have you come across this riddle before?
Needles that you cannot thread
Cowes that you cannot milk
Lake where there’s no water
Newport that you cannot bottle
Ryde where you walk
Freshwater that you cannot drink
Where am I?
The answer is …
The Isle of Wight! (photo taken from the International Space Station)
It is a short hop over the Solent to get to the Isle of Wight. The riddle above is based on The ‘Wonders of the Isle of Wight’ which was started by W. J. Nigh, a Ventnor postcard maker about 100 years ago. His first postcard included five ‘wonders’ but there may be as many as eight, according to this recent postcard….
Last week I visited the island with my daughter, and you can read about my trip to Ryde here. We also went to Cowes. Its easy to get about the island, if you don’t bring your car. We caught the bus.
The bus goes East Cowes, which is one side of the river Medina. You then have to cross to West Cowes, the bigger, more prestigious part of Cowes, by catching the chain ferry, also known as the floating bridge.
The Cowes floating bridge remains the only way to cross the River Medina between the towns without taking a ten-mile trip via Newport. A floating bridge has been in existence since 1859, the current ferry came into operation in 1975 and can carry twenty cars plus foot passengers.
A short walk from the ferry is the pedestrian main street in Cowes, with many individual shops, cafes and pubs.
In August, Cowes hosts the famous sailing regatta which has been held here since 1826, one of the biggest in the world. Up to a thousand boats and over 8,000 competitors take part in over 350 races over the eight days. Cowes can expect an extra 100,000 visitors during the regatta week, with themed days, live music, and marina based activities. On the last night a huge fireworks display lights up the sky.