Friday, 28 December 2012

Pretty Flamingo


A "Greater Flamingo" (Phoenicopterus roseus) at Lion Park, Jersey Gold. The traditional pink colour derives from their diet of shrimps. Captive birds are paler due to the lack of shrimp in their diet.

For Weekend Reflections.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Southampton Hotel


The sign on the front of this 1899 hotel says "Ask for Mary Ann".

See a closer view on my photoblog sithenah.

The reference is not to the landlady but the local brew.

I've been informed that "The States of Jersey have given planning permission to knock this building down and replace it with an office block".

For signs, signs.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Friday, 14 December 2012

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

United Nations Tree


Tree planted in the Sir Winston Churchill Memorial Park at St Brelade by Sir Robert Le Masurier D.S.C. Bailiff of Jersey on 24th October 1970 to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Founding of the United Nations.

For ABC Wednesday.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Gorey Village Main Road


From outside Jersey Pottery.

A contribution to the CDPB December theme My Street

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Turbot Farm


Jersey Turbot Farm is located in a former World War II German gun emplacement and bunker at St Catherine's. It houses about 6,500 turbot at any one time, ranging from tiny 50p-sized fish to four-year-old turbot weighing several pounds. The fish are reared in tanks within the bunker tunnel, being fed on totally organic fish food. Once they are three and a half years old and weigh about two and a half pounds - the most popular size - they are sold to members the public, who give Jersey Turbot at least 24 hours notice to give them a chance to prepare the fish for collection. The family-run business was started in 2000 by former deep sea fisherman Dave Cowburn.

For ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Molkte Battery


This is a restored section of the army battery "Moltke" which once sprawled across the headland. On permanent exterior display is one of the original 15.5cm K418(f) French field guns from the battery, initially pushed over the nearby cliffs by the British Army in 1946, and retrieved in the 1990s. In an adjacent emplacement are further examples of coastal artillery pieces used in the island, and subsequently rescued from the same watery grave. More information on the Channel Islands Occupation Society (Jersey) Limited website.

For Our World Tuesday.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Seaweed Spreading


Spreading seaweed on the land at L'Etac.

Seaweed contains all the trace elements and plant nutrients necessary for healthy crops, in addition the alginates in Brown seaweeds (Phaeophyta) are reputed to be an excellent soil conditioner. In Jersey the special flavour of their new potatoes is thought to derive from the seaweed they spread on their fields locally known as Vraic (Wrack). The seaweed is also thought to suppress Eelworm in the potato crop and has been collected and spread by the Jersey farmers since the 12th century, when every farmer had the right to collect seaweed from the beach.

For ABC Wednesday.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Rivoli Clock


Rivoli Jewellers is known for its revolving clock which is a feature of the green and gold trimmed exterior. Each hour miniature figurines reflecting different aspects of island life, such as tourism, fishing and farming, revolve around on a small platform.

For ABC Wednesday.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Friday, 9 November 2012

Les Landes Racecourse


The racecourse at Les Landes is the home of the Jersey Racing Club. It was built in 1961 and hosts nine race meetings during the summer. There is a modern viewing bank at Les Landes with on-course bookies and a club run Tote.

For Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Quay Working Cranes


The blue crane is working on the New North Quay whilst the ones in the background are on Albert Pier.

For ABC Wednesday.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Thursday, 1 November 2012

La Corbiére



La Corbiére is the extreme south-western point of Jersey in St. Brelade. The lighthouse is situated on a rock which is a tidal island. A causeway links the lighthouse to shore at low tide.

A contribution to the November CDPB theme The Water's Edge.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Redhouses, St Brelades


The busy crossroads of Redhouses in St Brelades is dominated by Marks & Spencers. There is another more modern looking branch on the opposite corner.

For Our World Tuesday.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Coastal Artillery Observation Tower, Noirmont Point


A massive structure, with a brooding clifftop presence over the island's sea approaches, it is, for many, one of the most potent symbols of the Occupation. The tower was, in fact, known as a "Marine Peilstand" or "naval direction- finding tower", and is one of three constructed in Jersey, out of a planned total of nine.

The design of these towers is unique to the Channel Islands, and may take its inspiration from the 18th century Round Towers that ring the local coastline. The observation slits, set in 2 metres of concrete, provide an impressive setting for the distant sea views towards France. On top of the tower is a mounting for a 2cm Flak Oerlikon anti-aircraft gun.

See the Channel Islands Occupation Society website for more details.

A contribution to Our World Tuesday.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Les Laveurs Beach


The beach at Les Laveurs looking shoreward. Just left of centre is Lewis's Tower. To the right (under the flag) is the Channel Islands Military Museum.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Noirmont Tower



Noirmont Tower (also known as La Tour de Vinde) was built on an offshore rocky outcrop below the point in 1811.

For ABC Wednesday
and Outdoor Wednesday
and Water World Wednesday

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

St Peter's Parish Church


The Church of St Peter probably dates back to the 11th century. The oldest part, the chancel, has walls made from large stones from the beach, and they are almost 4 feet (1.2 metres) thick. The steeple carries a red warning light for planes using the nearby airport.

For Our World Tuesday.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Museum Entrance


Entrance to the Channel Islands Military Museum at Les Laveurs.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Lorry Load of Seaweed


Seaweed is collected from the beaches in Jersey to spread on the fields. Seaweed contains all the trace elements and plant nutrients necessary for healthy crops, in addition the alginates in Brown seaweeds (Phaeophyta) are reputed to be an excellent soil conditioner. In Jersey the special flavour of their new potatoes is thought to derive from the seaweed they spread on their fields locally known as Vraic (Wrack). The seaweed is also thought to suppress Eelworm in the potato crop and has been collected and spread by the Jersey farmers since the 12th century, when every farmer had the right to collect seaweed from the beach.

For ABC Wednesday

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

King George II


In the Royal Square stands the gilded statue of King George II. It was erected in 1751, in what had been for many years the Market Square. The Square was renamed Royal Square in honour of the King (and the statue) and in gratitude for his contribution towards building the harbour.

For ABC Wednesday.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Two Flamingos


Two Flamingos in the pond at Lion Park, St Lawrence.

[Note for pedants: flamingos or flamingoes?; either plural form is acceptable]

For Camera Critters.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Monday, 30 July 2012

Telephone kiosk outside Jersey Pearl

Telephone kiosk outside Jersey Pearl at Les Laveurs, St Ouen.

Since 2000 almost all variations of telephone kiosks have been replaced by the present Jersey Telecom Limited standard kiosk. It is an anodized aluminium design finished in all yellow. Manufactured by Prosider S.P.A. of Ravenna, Italy, it is slightly wider than previous designs, this being to enable easier access by wheelchair users. To further facilitate this access the kiosk is installed on a flat stainless steel plate with anti-slip patterning.

Information culled from "A History of the Telephone Kiosk in Jersey" by Graeme Marett [PDF file].

A contribution to Mellow Yellow Monday.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Atlantic View


Fields by the side of La Route de La Villais at Atlantic View.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Yacht Park


Across the road from St Catherine's Sailing Club which is Jersey's largest dinghy sailing club and the most southerly sailing club in Britain.
Club website.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday

Friday, 29 June 2012

Looking towards France



Just North of St Catherine's the French coast can be glimpsed on the far horizon.

For Skywatch Friday.

Monday, 25 June 2012