Postcard from Guernsey

June 3, 2012 by  

This is a quick postcard from Guernsey where I’m here for the long Jubilee weekend. This is a small island that’s not quite English and not quite French. It reminds me of the craggy coastline of Cornwall, with an old fashioned nostalgia of flower filled hedgerows and stone farmhouses. It’s the sort of place where you can slow right down (the speed limit is only 35 miles per hour) and where people put out their surplus produce to sell in hedge-veg stalls on an honesty system where you leave the money in a box.

Crab sandwiches on Guernsey Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Crab sandwiches on Guernsey

So far we’ve been eating local crab sandwiches bought from a buckets-and-spades beach kiosk and stopping to buy home-made cheese made from the milk of the golden Guernsey goat. We’ve walked a bit of the south coast cliff path from Fermain Bay around to the concrete bunkers at Jerbourg left over from the German occupation of Guernsey. At Sausmarez Manor we walked the sculpture trail with Dali-esque heads in the tree and metal storks in front of the pool surrounded by bamboo.

Fermain Bay Guernsey Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Fermain Bay Guernsey

Later we visited the Museum of the Occupation where behind the whitewashed walls of a traditional house were a collection of uniforms, roomsets, machinery and information about occupied Guernsey during the war. For the Germans on the island it was a bit of a holiday from the war in the rest of Europe, but by the final year the people of Guernsey were close to starvation and were only saved by the Red Cross food parcels brought on the Red Cross Ship, Vega.

In St Peter’s Port this evening the harbour was full of yachts with bunting and flags flying from their rigging, for the Jubilee celebrations. Tomorrow, we’ll be cycling around Sark, the island without cars where it’s a choice between horse-drawn cart or bikes to get around. Wish you were here!

More information on all the things we’re enjoying on the Visit Guernsey website and @VisitGuernsey on Twitter and on the Visit Guernsey Facebook Page

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13 Comments on "Postcard from Guernsey"

  1. Barbara Weibel on Mon, 4th Jun 2012 2:25 am 

    What a beautiful little island, Heather! I had no idea there were beaches like this in the UK.

  2. Hels on Mon, 4th Jun 2012 11:13 am 

    I am very interested in the Channel Islands during WW2. Did you find that the Museum of the Occupation was full of helpful information? And honest about a difficult era?

  3. Coolmon on Thu, 7th Jun 2012 6:46 pm 

    Thanks for the introduction to Guernsey, enjoyed reading your article.
    Coolmon´s last blog post ..French Polynesian – The Society Islands

  4. Heather on Thu, 7th Jun 2012 9:17 pm 

    @Coolmon Thanks, we had a fun weekend on Guernsey and I’ll be writing about the things we saw in more detail very soon

  5. Heather on Thu, 7th Jun 2012 10:11 pm 

    @Hels This was really a fascinating side of the history of Guernsey and the Channel islands – of course the book to read is Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. The occupation museum was a collection of artefacts with information an showed how hard things were during the war especially in the final year when they were close to starvation.

  6. Heather on Thu, 7th Jun 2012 10:13 pm 

    @Barbara Yes, both beautiful and unspoilt and of course at this time of year you have them to yourself

  7. Lisa @ Gone with the Family on Fri, 8th Jun 2012 6:55 pm 

    Great photos – I have wanted to visit Guernsey ever since reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – fabulous book!
    Lisa @ Gone with the Family´s last blog post ..A Stroll Around Parliament Hill in Ottawa

  8. Heather on Sat, 9th Jun 2012 5:22 pm 

    @Lisa Did you know the book is going to be made into a film? – Director Kenneth Branagh was there this spring scouting locations and Kate Winslet is taking the leading role

  9. Joe on Mon, 11th Jun 2012 9:32 am 

    I’ve always wondered what the channel islands were like and whether or not they were worth a visit. Apparently we’ve got some family ancestors from there but haven’t been there yet. Hopefully one day…

  10. Heather on Tue, 12th Jun 2012 8:38 am 

    @Joe Definitely worth a visit – I think it would be fascinating to trace your family there especially if they were there during the war.

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