In Jersey local roads, in particular those which led down from the Island plateau surface were notoriously bad. They were worn down by the passage of cattle and carts. Such roads have since been tarmacked and can now be very attractive, particularly in spring. An example La Rue du Jutize, Grouville is shown below. Jutize … Continue reading Parish Iconography; Grouville Part Two
The range of local Iconography in Jersey is remarkable, Parish boundary stones, road improvement stones, wells, Abruevoirs and Lavoirs, above all road signs. Limited to two hours exercise away from the house in these V (viral) times I decided to cycle around the nearest parishes, recording parish iconography and retelling something of what they tell … Continue reading Parish Iconography; Grouville Part One
On my last visit to London for some time, with Jonny I went to visit the gym premises set up by Sam Village. Sam is friend of Jonny’s and a professional trainer involved in keeping Formula One drivers fit. See https://www.kotwf.co.uk/high-performance . It is on a wonderful site at Brentford, in what was Middlesex, where … Continue reading Aits and Offshore at Brentford
A Jersey Heritage pamphlet lists the 12 best known Megalithic Sites in the Island. Société Jersiaise’s website records a cycle route linking 11 sites, which it owns, of which 10 are included on the Heritage pamphlet. The route has been accepted as a European Megalithic Cultural Route. I have been asked to help develop the … Continue reading Megalithic Traces
On the Friday after Christmas, with friends from Jersey Canoe Club, my son, Jonny, and I descended the slope below Sorel, St John. Our destination was the square rock pool known as la Lavoir des Dames. It appears around 2 hours either side of low water. Its regular shape means it was thought it might … Continue reading La Lavoir des Dames and other stories
In 2019 we have had a consistently wet autumn with rain every day for long periods. The moisture in the air has meant the colours have been superb, their richness telling you it is just about to rain again. The Pictures below were taken immediately around our house. Home is where the heart is.
On this post I link two events. I attended a two day seminar at Société Jersiaise on Island Biodiversity. Of the many impressive and thought provoking presentations, one in particular caught my attention, by Catherine Wensink of UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum. This is a UK Charity focused on island ecology in Britain’s Overseas Territories. … Continue reading Cheviot Goat and Island Ecosystems
The National Trust for Jersey has organised a Petition “to Save Our Coastline”. I circulated a WhatsApp post encouraging all Members of the Jersey Canoe Canoe Club to sign. Included in the positive responses I received was one from Andy Sibcy , a skilful paddler and editor of the “Jersey Evening Post”. He asked me … Continue reading Save our CoastLine Petition