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Three (3) things…

Posted on: October 30th, 2011 by Andrew Syvret No Comments

1st: A memorable Two Towers Moonwalk yesterday, with a wonderful group of folks;  hopefully see you all again soon.

2nd: About ten days ago I came home to find an answerphone message from a lady who once upon a time worked with Convoluta roscoffensis now Symsagittifera roscoffensis. If by any chance you should read this - I'd be delighted to communicate some more. Unfortunately your mobile phone number wasn't recorded fully, please try again…

3rd: The Jailers were growling this morning:

La Corbière light ~ “The herdsman of the waves” ~ Victor Hugo

Looking northeast toward La Rocco Tower ~ from Peter Manton's (1995) Jersey Weather and Tides ~ “La Rocco Tower, St Ouen's Bay, was built between 1796 and 1801 as part of the defences against Napoleon. Before the war the States let the tower out to Lady Houston, an eccentric who had a yacht with the words “Wake up England” in huge letters which were illuminated at night when anchored in the Solent. She was often seen wandering about the deck in pink pyjamas, a scandal in those days. One day a man called on her in Jersey and asked for £100,000. He left with a flea in his ear. The next day her chauffeur delivered a cheque for the full amount. It was not even in an envelope. The man R.J. Mitchell, went on to develop the Spitfire, which, arguably, saved Britain and the Free World.” I was once told that Mitchell was in a queue to leave the Island when the cheque arrived.

Purple sandpipers (Calidris maritima)

À bétôt!

Guess where today…

Posted on: October 28th, 2011 by Andrew Syvret No Comments

Recycled stack ~ Jersey Electricity Company Ltd. chimney, now in use by the States of Jersey Transport and Technical Services Dept. servicing the Island's new incinerator…

Cooling water discharge for the energy from waste facility: Field notes taken.

Oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus) aplenty, with the Demie de Pas light behind…

And a quick detour on the way home to make sure La Corbière is still there. A much lighter NST NATASJA remains at anchor, southeast of Le Jument 'the mare'.

The penultimate sunset of British Summer Time 2011. From Les Monts de Grantez. Lewis Tower (1835) is just visible through the gloom…

Low tide 13:54 BST 2.27ft (0.83m) 27 October 2011 ~ evading the showers

Posted on: October 27th, 2011 by Andrew Syvret No Comments

North Sea Tankers NST NATASJA standing off the Passage Rock Buoy ahead of berthing in St Helier

South around the corner from Ouaisne Bay toward La Cotte de St Brelade…

Probably the oldest dwelling in the Channel Islands

What is left of the ceiling

Excavated many times, so important they sent Prince Charles

A window on a quarter of a million years of Jersey history

If rocks could talk

Bodega Bay comes to La Rue de la Mare

Dark-bellied Brent geese (Branta bernicla bernicla) ~ L'Etacq

À bétôt!

A brief mooch along the North Coast…

Posted on: October 26th, 2011 by Andrew Syvret 1 Comment

Looking roughly northwest from Giffard Bay ~ La Crête Fort (1830), Frémont transmitting station & Ronez Point in the distance…

Facing northeast from above Giffard Bay ~ La Belle Hougue with Le Long Êtchet (great geology) in the foreground. Les Dirouilles & Normandy on the horizon…

The view east from Crabbé, L’Île Agois is centre ~ inhabited in the Iron Age (800 – 55BC) & Medieval period (7th or 8th Century AD). The remains of 27 circular huts and 2 rectangular buildings were found on the small islet…



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Never underestimate the power of the sea, or film for that matter…

Posted on: October 17th, 2011 by Andrew Syvret No Comments

Liked this so much, had to share it:

Link: Extract from the film Finis Terrae by Jean Epstein (1929)

Finis Terræ is a 1929 French silent drama film made on the islet Bannec, off the coast of Britanny. The story centres on a group of men who harvest seaweed and the problems that arise when one of them gets an infected thumb. The film's title is the old Latin name of the region Finistère, where the story is set, and means “End of the Earth”. The film is shot in a documentary-like style, with local non-actors in all roles, and frequent handheld camerawork.