September 17th, 2021


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!)

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)


So here are a few pictures of the amazing buildings that were made ...

This stunned me - 3 stories down and there's a piano. 


All these batteries had air purification systems as Adolf Hitler was petrified of poison gas
German emergency rations -
Some of the food sent by the Red Cross

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

So that's some WWII history - I have more photos to share, but not so much about this time of history.
Harry Dresden

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!)

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 Parade Ground - Napoleonic days

Inside one of the buildings




Looking down from the German additions


 German additiom at the top
German Gun emplacement on the edge of the Parade Ground

I love these original Sentry Boxes