We were tapping along to the sound of the music coming from the Radio City Tower for last week's Sunday Snap. I asked which city it was in and the answer is
For this week we are going over land and sea to the Isle of Wight. Situated near the southern tip of the island is the UK's and some say world's oldest amusement park. The location on the coast has for years been known for its tales of shipwrecks thanks to a combination of smuggling, treacherous rocks and frequent storms. When Victorian travellers started to make the Isle of Wight fashionable a local businessman, Alexander Dabell, saw the potential in buying a piece of land along this south-western stretch. He opened the park in 1843 and one of the attractions included a skeleton of a whale washed up on a nearby beach. It is still on show today. At the time one of the features was a natural ravine; one of many down this coastline. Whilst at first it provided a scenic backdrop to the attractions – Queen Mary was a frequent visitor and liked to take in the gardens and buy fine china in the bazaar – over the years the geology of the area has meant that large chunks of it have been lost to landslips.
Much of this section of the island is made up of Gault Clay, known locally as Blue Slipper clay. When there is heavy rainfall the Gault Clay, which is found underneath the rock, slips down causing massive destruction. So much land has been lost over the years that it was termed 'The Disappearing Village'. Indeed the owners (it is still in the hands of the Dabell family to this day) used to live onsite until they were forced to flee their house one night when the land started to slip beneath them. You used to be able to see the bath tub resting on the landslip after it had become detached from the now wrecked house. Year after the year the owners have to keep gradually moving the park back and bringing in new attractions to replace the ones that have been lost. The photograph above comes from my vast collection of photos of the area as despite the view being never the same on each visit it still remains to be one of favourite places in this big old world. This week's question is
What is the name of this theme park?
We were joined last week by Susan and some birthday celebrations. Cheryl found the WWII ship Princess Elizabeth enjoying a more peaceful time. The sun was shining through the trees for Anne. At Kara's they have been feeding the llamas and enjoying the warmth at Cub camp. Finally, Laura was waiting for a fish and chip supper.
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