Wednesday 22nd May 2019
The journey to the Isles of Scilly includes a range of different transport options and so strongly appeals to Robert. As he arrived back from France on Tuesday evening he had decided to optimise our time on Tresco by going straight to catch the overnight sleeper from Paddington Station where Matilda greeted a much-loved character from her childhood reading.
The first class waiting room was almost deserted.
Our experience of first class sleepers in India had made us slightly wary but our cabin was clean and comfortable, if rather compact.
We were able to have a bite to eat and a night cap in the buffet car before settling in for the train journey to Penzance.
It is a short walk from Penzance Station to the dock from whence the Scillonian departs. Staff take charge of luggage and labels show which of the islands it needs to be transported to. Restorative coffees were available on board, the crossing was calm and sunny. It was a real pleasure to spot dolphins and whales playing in the wake behind the ship.
We felt thrice blessed when we saw seals on the crossing from St Mary’s quay to Tresco. Surely all this wildlife is a good omen.
After settling in to Bay House, we took a stroll to see the spa and the outdoor swimming pools and ended up at the Ruin Beach Cafe – a new hostelry since our last visit 18 years ago which had to be sampled.
Local wild birds are both fearless and inquisitive while the sunset across the calm sea was suitably picturesque.
It was very good to be back.