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JERSEY ZOO – GERALD DURRELL

Did anyone get the answer to my question about what linked Corfu and Jersey?

The answer was Gerald Durrell who as a boy moved to Corfu with his mother and siblings, this was where his love of animals and their protection became so important to him.  He rescued and encouraged breeding of many animals on Corfu.  He had the dream of one day having his own zoo!

As he grew up and travelled the world he wrote many books about the animals he encountered, he was always concerned about the survival and conservation of animals throughout the world.

This zoo in Jersey was the best I had ever been to, the enclosures were large, you could get much closer, so many employees that were all willing to stop and talk about the animals in their care.  The big house looked so elegant, Gerald’s second wife still lives there and often has a walk round and also changes the personal bits in the cabinets about his life in The Gerald Durrell Story area.

The zoo has six keeper talks during the day about the various animals, there is also an education room and film room.

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Another area I thought was a fantastic place to make a bit of money but did not take any looking after was the book return room, you can just drop off books to be put there.  I had a look and there were books from so many authors, there was a box and it cost £1 for a hardback and 50p for soft.  I found a couple of books about Italy so that was my contribution.  Good job I drove my car over there as my boot appears to be getting more bags in it.

So all I have left to show you are the many animals, I took a few pictures so hope you enjoy them.

Love all the colours in this photo below.

If you ever get to go to Jersey then this place is a must and the coffee there is good to.

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THE BOTANIC GARDENS, ST CLEMENT, JERSEY


I just love the above picture, what a stunning entrance that would make for any garden and these gardens are beyond magnificent in fact the best I have ever seen.  The Herb Garden situated in the walled medieval area is the largest in the UK.  I attended the free herb garden tour and learnt some great tips also so many herbs that I had not heared of, I  think I might ask for a herb book about what to do with them all for Christmas.  Did you know that mice do not like Mint so plant that around doors especially in the country where you get the field mice coming in for a warm winter.  


This had an amazing smell and I will be using it and trying to grow it.  

Different types of Thyme like orange and lemon, which is well known for healing and supposed to do wonders for a chesty cough, I am liking the thought of mixing the two together in an infusion and trying it out for myself.  I didn’t realise that the Chives I grow are Onion Chives as they have the purple flower the white ones are Garlic Chives but not very strong so a good addition to foods that you just want a very mild flavour.  

INFUSIONS – You will need a pair of tights/stockings or similar and normal porridge oats then break down the Rosemary and put in, then this will be put in the bath for a relaxing soak.

Lemon Verbene, again with the oats, put the infusion in a glass and add prossecco, this tasted like lemon curd and I love that.  


Oregano you can put into oil and use when needed.  Soapwort, you can make soap from and then dry the flowers for arrangements.  Sweet Cicely goes lovely with rhubarb, I can’t wait for next year when I can cut mine and cook it.  Lovage you can put into potatoe salad to get an amazing celery taste but not as strong as the real thing.  Put dried Lavender by your bed to aid sleep.  There is even a Curry plant, this does not smell very strong but goes well in your jar of dried rice before cooking.  

SAGE – You can make a sage gargle which is antibacterial and good for throats.  Mix 2oz of the fresh herb into 1 pint of boiling water then let cool and gargle with this, I will be letting you know if this works.  

I did not realise how many different types of Lavender there are so I have bought some seeds home to try.  The lavender and rose garden is amazing.  

A cute robin wanted to get in on the action.  Our tour guide Jenny had a world of knowledge about all the herbs and really was an outstanding person who managed to answer everything for us.

THE HERB GARDEN CAFE – What a beautiful cafe with out door seating in a wonderful setting.


The prices in this cafe are great in fact the best I have come across during my stay here and being a tourist and you get free wifi!  

I have even bought some Black Butter to try at home also Jersey milk and cream oh and not forgetting the New Potatoes.

The black plants are stunning, I have tried a couple of different ones in my garden but they did not seem to like it but I will be trying again as they look so good. 


I am loving the pink display, I came out with so many ideas for my garden but I am sure they will just stay at ideas for now.  I really liked the daisy looking flowers as you don’t really see Daisy’s growing in lawns anymore.  The two tone tree looked stunning as it all changed colour.

You would need a whole day to see everything here and stop for lunch.  Then a browse round the Gift Shop not forgetting the Rural Life And Country Museum and The Manor House with stables.  The children are catered for with a lovely park also a great game of hide n seek under the weeping willow tree.  


The best bit is if you go at the beginning of your holiday and you wish to go again, you can get a complimentary ticket for free so you can return any time. 

What a good idea to grow your apple trees over the arch, this makes picking them so much easier.  You could do the same with your other trees.  



As you can see there is so much to see and enjoy here, I liked that there were seats everywhere so you could just sit and look at the amazing views in every direction.  

This was the best place for me in Jersey and I loved all of it.  

WHITSTABLE, UK

I have always liked the beach huts that many of our seaside towns have on the beach, many now are painted various bright colours.  I would turn one into a “she shed” writing hideaway, oh the many possibilities, I can feel a Pinterest board coming on.  I would of course paint mine pink, I could sit and look out to sea for many hours as I feel the inspiration just flows there, in fact I am getting ideas just from thinking about it.

Stopping at The Seaview Cafe for a coffee where the views are amazing, what a busy little cafe and the food is great with prices very reasonable.  Whitstable is very quant with many small speciality shops which can be very expensive but you would have a one of purchase.  Along by the harbour there are many pop-up shops selling a wide variety of goods, many hand-made.  The paintings by the local artists are amazing with many designs to suit all tastes.

I absolutely love the old fisherman huts that they have converted into wonderful little places for people to stay when visiting, again you look out onto the sea and many have balconies or they are almost on the beach.  They blend in with the many cottages scattered along the front that look like little dolls houses as so old and small.  The cottage gardens are exquisite and I will put a couple of ideas into my own garden that I have seen.  Whitstable has many varied bars, pubs and restaurants to choose from so you are a bit spoilt for choice.  The oyster bars appear to be everywhere round by the harbour but I am sure they would all be good as they are caught locally.  I can feel a night in a hut coming on with a good meal and a couple of cocktails followed by a glass of wine on your balcony gazing out to sea.

Whitstable is well worth a visit as there really is something for everyone, I am already looking forward to going back again.

 

I AM WRITING!

That feels so good to be able to say that as I was beginning to wonder if I would again, so today I polished off and edited the first chapter of the children’s book.  Will look at another couple of chapters and improve them then they can all go back to the publisher, just hope they haven’t forgotten me.

I popped over to Romney Marsh this morning as that is where my dentist is and it is always nice to see the fields and sheep as I drive by.

I was also  very pleased with myself as I have at long last actually grown some Freesia’s, I love these flowers and their smell, they were my Nans favourite as well so that must be where I get it from.  Still lovely and warm so I need to fit in some weeding somewhere this week.

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My next little project is to make this cup wreath and so far I have collected four cups, I was amazed that charity shops do not have a box of old cups but it seems not as now they appear to be like gold dust!

It is time for bed to read, this book seems to be taking me a while to read, I just can’t seem to get into it and I really don’t like it when that happens.  At least I can look forward to the next one that I am hoping to start before the end of the week.

 

FOLKESTONE GARDEN CENTRE

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Super offers from our garden centre at the moment, I especially like the free cream tea so will be paying them another visit this month.  I also like the free lantern which is a great gift from just buying your plants for the summer garden.  There is so much choice here and a favourite place of mine to get birthday presents as there are many unusual bits here.

I had to buy another notebook, just in case I run out! LOL you can never have too many and that’s my reasoning also it was only £1.99 and it fits in my handbag.

I have never met friendlier staff than here, nothing is too much trouble for them and they go out of their way to find exactly what you require.

 

 

JUNE 2017

This picture reminds me of myself and eldest daughter Jodie sitting in her hot tub with a delicious cocktail.

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The sun is shining, it is half term here so I think the beach will be busy today, you can find me in my garden reading this little gem.  Two murders and I have not got a clue who committed them yet but I am trying to pick up the clues.  I love Guy’s books, I best get a move on as this is published tomorrow, get reading Karen.

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Half way through the year already, I think this is my favourite month as it is summer, we have long evenings, the gardens are beginning to get some colour and of course the best thing is it’s my birthday month.   The warm weather has been a long time coming this year so I am hoping it stays a while.  My body is far less painful in the warmer weather so I can sit to write, paint or read without being full of painkillers.  I am 3 books off my running total for this year so I need to do a bit more reading, it takes longer to do all the reviews now as I like to write something a bit different on all the various sites and social media.

What is your favourite month and why?

 

THE NEW FOLKESTONE GARDEN CENTRE

This is not actually in Folkestone but on the road out of Hawkinge, it is the old butterfly centre.  But it is well worth the drive or bus as it stops outside.  It stretches back and is full of just about everything you could think to put in your garden.  Reasonably priced plants and shrubs ready for planting.  I got myself some Clematis which were only £2.99 so a bargain.

The Groves restaurant is large with outside seating as well.  I had the cream tea which was delicious and I got a good two full cups of tea out the pot.  Choice of jams in cute little pots and of course the cream.  Next time I will try the ploughman’s as that looked very nice.

 

Even if you are just going for a drive this is a lovely place to pop into as there is so much to see and also it is nice to buy some different things for friends birthdays, which I did but cannot mention as she reads my blog.

So, even though Wyevale has closed in town we now have a bigger and better garden centre to stock our gardens from.  When you go here mention that you saw my blog please.