Looking south towards the Bay of St Malo and the coast of Brittany in France
The tower is an old observation tower built by the Germans during their occupation of the Channel Islands in WWII. Now owned by the Jersey Heritage Trust, it can be rented as a holiday home.
I had the most wonderful day yesterday. The sun had returned, our kittens were let loose on the world (well, the garden anyway), doors and windows to the house were consequently flung wide open, allowing a gentle Summer breeze to drift through our house for the first time in weeks, and my brother was visiting the island for the first time in 6 years. It was as if the planets had re-aligned and all good things were heading my way.
We went out to dinner as a big family group last night and sat by the restaurant window, allowing us to watch the sun sinking into the sea way beyond the lighthouse. On the way home there was a big fireworks display going on above the town and as we drove along the bay I got a free view of it all.
I think I must have done something good in a former life, to now live the life that I do and in such a beautiful place.
I have to tell you, we don’t have any motorways here, just one section of dual carriageway on the outskirts of town on which the speed limit is 40 m.p.h. As we headed towards town, nearing 10 o’clock at night, we spotted a man on a bicycle – no lights – riding the wrong way on the other side of the dual carriageway (with cars heading towards him). I suspect his day may not have worked out as well as mine in the end.
The Lighthouse – not last night when the sea was almost calm, but on a crisp day in May.
I’ve said before that I’m interested in innovative new design and this morning in trawling (get the pun?!) through the news I came across this robot fish.
Designed by British scientists to be released into the sea off Northern Spain, they are equipped with chemical sensors to detect pollutants in the ocean. They are 5 feet long and cost £20,000 ($29,000) each.
This is one of those articles where I found myself glancing at the date on the news page, just to be sure I wasn’t being taken in by an April Fools’ joke. I must admit, I don’t understand why it has to look so convincingly like a new species of fish, despite the rather slim explanation that it is energy efficient – wouldn’t any plain lozenge shape be just as energy efficient? I’m tempted to think that the scientists reasoned that if they were going to build this device, then why not get creative for once and tap into their usually hidden artistic side? The trouble is, I wonder what will happen when it ends up in the nets of the local fishermen. Will it be handed in, held to ransom or even sold to a private collector of art?
You can read the whole article at the REUTERS site here.
BBC News reports that a lobster, estimated to be 140 years old, is due to be released back into the ocean off Kennebunkport in Maine, where lobster trapping is banned. ‘George’ weighs 20 pounds and was caught two weeks ago in the waters off Newfoundland – he has spent the interim in the confines of a tank in a New York restaurant.
I would think that George would have made very poor eating, being so old n’ all, but releasing him back into the ocean? Off Kennebunkport? I was there not so long ago and photographed these, just around the corner at Cape Porpoise….piles and piles of them:
Bon voyage et bon chance George!