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