Sunday 1 July 2012
I got back just a week ago from a holiday in Guernsey in the Channel islands. My sister has lived there with her family for over 26 years and loves the island. It's very different from Orkney, and when I bought a house here, she jokingly asked "Couldn't you find anywhere further in the UK from me?" - I replied that yes I could have moved the Shetland ;-)
Guernsey has over 65,000 population in an area of 30 square miles. Apparently with a density of 2,166 per square mile!! Er - that's a much higher population density than Orkney! There's very little "wild space" on Guernsey, though there are commons, woods, and lots of shoreline to explore. Most of the houses are stone built, many are plastered/rendered and painted. It's very pretty and everywhere feels very "ordered". I prefer the wildness of Orkney! But then I never did very well with being "ordered". ;-)
This holiday was about spending time with family, my sister, niece and nephews and great-niece and nephew. I've had plenty of time over recent years to visit the "tourist" places so we just pottered around, some walks on the beach, sitting in cafes chatting over coffee, a little shopping. And of course some partying as it was S.'s birthday so there was lots of cake and celebration. Guernsey is supposed to be the sunniest place in the UK - well technically Guernsey is a domicile of the UK but not part of it - it gets complicated! Anyway we did have a couple of days of sun and warmth, but mostly it was like the rest of the summer in the UK - changeable! Anyway it that didn't matter we still had fun.
I got to see my great-niece's new pony, Alfie. Oh he's gorgeous and reminded me of my old pony, Badger.
We also went to visit Castle Cornet on an island just off St Peter Port in Guernsey. My wee great-nephew enjoyed wandering around and wanted to help the soldiers make "soup"!.
Guernsey is a popular place for sailing - folk arrive in yachts for holidays and most locals have boats too. This old quarry has been turned into a marina, with a lovely hotel nearby which sold excellent tea and cake!
And lots of sandy beaches to walk along (with nearby cafes for more tea and cake!)
I also had a flying visit (literally) to meet up with my brother and his family (including another great-niece who has just turned 1). They are scattered around the South of England. But we all met for an afternoon in South London before I headed off home to Orkney.
Lots of lovely memories till the next time.