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... we met up with our new pals Peter and Hetty once more and went for dinner in 'Le petite bistro' just a few hundred yards up from the marina it was nice to eat out for a change and the food and service was good. They are staying in Guernsey for a few more days but we really need to get across Biscay so I think we'll head off tomorrow, there is no wind forecast so conditions hopefully will be fine for ...
We got up early again and ventured into town and went shopping, two pairs of new shoes later - ( for me not Tracey ! ) we headed back to the chandlers on the Marina to buy a stainless steel rod holder for the rear gantry on the boat. We couldn't leave until 2pm so we had lunch aboard and tidied the boat and did all our checks, engine, sails, lines etc etc. and before we knew it it was time to leave. We didn't feel as nervous as usual, we must be getting more adapted ...
... of 1781, the time of the Battle of Jersey, against the French (who else?) in the American Civil War.
Came back to shore on the amphibious ferry, except by now the tide was out so it didn't need the water propulsion.
Also to be noted is that the first airfield in Jersey, in operation from 1933 to 1937, was on the beach at St. Aubin's Bay, so the flight schedules were governed by the tide, as the beach is covered at high tide!
... the difference between it and Jersey, and the relationship to the British Isles. It seems to me they have got the best of both worlds! It will be interesting to hear the same sort of information from Jersey next week.
In the afternoon, I took a bus out to the Shipwreck Museum at Fort Grey. this is a small museum but well presented, located in an old Martello Tower. The ocean off the south west corner of Guernsey is a positive graveyard for ...
... for them.
It was great to have a nice and relaxing day close to the gite without having to drive too far.
This trip has certainly shown us the benefit of basing ourselves in one location for an extended period rather than being on the go, moving from town to town each day and we know that any trips we do in the future will be spent in only one or two locations and using those places as a base to explore the area.