Ain’t People Great!

I have just returned from four most fabulous days on the island of Tresco. I’ve never been to the Scilly Isles before and quite frankly, feel rather stupid for not doing so.

Living by the sea in Lyme Regis, means that I am always in touch with the water and yet I felt so much closer to it on Tresco.

The beaches are blissfully quiet and plentiful with endless white sand. The water is so clear you could be in the Seychelles. And the people are some of the warmest and most caring I have ever met.

We took a day trip over to Bryther, a whole 400 yards from where we stayed, so that we could do a bit more exploring. Again the island was breathtaking.

On the way to the pub for some lunch my daughter, Louli, swung into the Bryther Boatyard, where islesofscillyboathire.com are based. She wasn’t after a boat, she’d spotted an opportunity to buy treasure.

For 99p she could fill a small canvas bag with as much treasure as she pleased. The treasure included Chinese coins, rubies, diamonds, amethysts and emeralds. It was a magnificent haul. Louli, being modest, didn’t fill it to the brim but just took what she wanted. Over lunch she read the leaflet that came with the gems which explained the variety available. She realised that she missed getting the most precious of pearls. Although her ham sandwich was keeping her cheery, I could tell that her heart had sunk by missing out on such gems.

On the way back to the boat, she ran ahead to see if maybe she could find her heart’s desire but alas it was shut for lunch. I suggested writing a note but explained that she shouldn’t get her hopes up as to get a pearl to our cottage on another island would be no mean feat, but still she was committed to making one final try.

She left a note in the door of the boatyard and then we sailed once more back to Tresco.

The next day there was a knock at our door and there was a young man holding an envelope for Louli.

It had five pearls in it.

My daughter was over the moon as her wishes came true. I was even more over the moon and actually still am.

It gave us all a massive warm internal hug that they had gone to so much trouble to bring Louli her precious pearls. Humanity is wonderful thing; an early Summer Santa had travelled across the waters to deliver a wish.

I’m not sure who to thank for this act of kindness but I know that Richard and Sheila Drew have had a part to play in it, and I am most grateful.

It’s not because my daughter got a precious treasure, it’s that she got to see that people are inherently kind.

And now all I can hope is that Louli will do the same for someone else.

Thank you to Richard and Sheila, thank you to the Scilly Isles.

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