September 17th, 2021

Lily

Some More Photos (- Mostly WWII)

Well there will be a couple of others as well.  However the reason I looked at this trip was to discover the history of those years in these small islands.  And, on the Wednesday morning, we had a real chance to find out about that time. We had a guest speaker for the morning - Bob Le Sueur, who will be 101 next week. He told us a couple of hilarious tales, but also a couple of stories of the help that was given to some of the Russian slaves (and, yes, I think most of us bought his book, as well!)
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As I said, our hotel was used by the Germans ... this was one of the signs I spotted in a museum (and the hotel last week as well)
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So here are a few pictures of the amazing buildings that were made ...
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This stunned me - 3 stories down and there's a piano. 
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All these batteries had air purification systems as Adolf Hitler was petrified of poison gas
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German emergency rations -
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Some of the food sent by the Red Cross
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As you can see in the background we are near a couple of these batteries .... all this land is now dedicated to all the people from Jersey who had lost their lives during the whole of WWII
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So that's some WWII history - I have more photos to share, but not so much about this time of history.
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Yay!! Friday = Day Off!!

This morning I finished my ironing and limped my way to the local shop for milk, etc.  The strapping is off the ankle now, but it is very sore still.  I really ought to ice it more often than I am doing.

Lunch and then I have had another stroll, slow but sure.  I almost decided to give it a miss, but in the end I compromised and did a shorted walk than I would normally do on a Friday.  As I have said in the past I listen to James reading Dresden Files, and a couple of months ago re-started the series.  So it's been good to re-hear the early stories & relationships.

Now I am here, and will try to sort more photos in a minute, as well as make some icons if I can get focussed.

This evening I will (I hope) try to get comments answered and your latest updates looked at ... come on, where has this week gone?

But, as ever, befpre I get on with that -


17. Have you ever been a part of a wedding party?
Yes, I have been a Maid of honour, a chief bridesmaid and a bridesmaid ... in that order (demotion).  We have a phrase here : 3 times a bridesmaid, never a bride (however that didn't seem to affect mum!)
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400 Years In One Place

I stayed in St Helier in Jersey.

As I have already posted I visited a Medieval castle in another town, however as cannons were improved a new castle was needed, so in Elizabethan times, on a promitary of rock in St Helier harbour, the new castle was built, and named after the queen - Elizabeth Castle

I went over on the DUKW, as the tide was in. I decided to return the same way after walking to the ferry, round & up the castle, and had the walk home ... so at least I had 10 mins sit down!

So I saw Elizabethan castle. extended in the Napoleonic era (and I saw a musket and a cannon demonstration) ... and, being Jersey, there were also German additions. So 400 years of history.

The DUCW
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 The Parade Ground - Napoleonic days
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Inside one of the buildings
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Looking down from the German additions
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 German additiom at the top
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German Gun emplacement on the edge of the Parade Ground
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I love these original Sentry Boxes
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