A cold, mizzly sort of day and we visited Castle Cornet. This is the lighthouse warning hapless ships of the looming shores.
St Peter Port through the mizzle
Followed by an epic lunch of omelettes (crab and tarragon and vegetables); ciabiatta sandwiches and nutella waffles at the wonderful Coco Mini Brasserie
We spent some time at Fort Grey which houses a Shipwreck Museum – B-G’s current favourite topic. It is really not surprising that there were so many shipwrecks off Guernsey’s coast- the rocks are rugged and treacherous- and evilly beautiful.
A week away in the Channel Islands. More to follow…..
Protecting the Tower of London
I have been back and forth to London for the past few weeks in order to undertake professional development courses. Wile spare time was limited, I did manage to get out and about a bit.
One day I went to the Tower Of London. My main aim (of course) was to see the Crown Jewels. But the Tower is very interesting if a little haunting. Hardly surprising considering it’s long and often brutal history.
View of the Tower
Traitor’s Gate is where the Tudors brought their prisoners to the Tower.
What I found fascinating about the Tower is that people still live there. About 100 people (Yeoman Wardens and their families) call the Tower their home today. They have their apartments or houses, they have their own doctor and their own little gardens. I found it amazing to think about what life might be like for them- and I wonder if they see the ghosts of executed prisoners walk across their grounds at night…..
Living Inside the Tower
Inside the walls.
Inside the Tower
It is half term and our lovely childminder is on the Mainland today. So I have taken the chance to have a day off and we spent it gloriously. The day started with an early morning dog walk in our local park and churchyard.
Old trees. Old graves. I really love walking in the churchyards in England. The old lichen covered gravestones are so beautiful.
Cappucino and a Florentine in Bembridge
Blue house, yellow house, green house….
Very little boats
And lunch! At The Spinnaker, Bembridge
Very British Ham, egg and chips; French chicken terrine and Italian goats cheese and tapenade pasta.
Post dinner stroll around Northwood House and Park.
St Marys Church
The War Memorial
The Ice House- pre refrigeration days stately homes would build an underground Ice House
Then home through the graveyard at dusk.